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Celebrities And Adderall Abuse

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addictionThere are a range of different reasons and different prescription medications that are abused or used off-label by average people as well as those with celebrity status. One of these medications is Adderall, a drug commonly prescribed for children and adults with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Adderall is actually a combination of two stimulants, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which work by changing the levels of neurotransmitters. It can also be used to treat the sleeping disorder narcolepsy.

In individuals without ADHD Adderall has several effects that make it a very highly sought after drug for many addicts. Using Adderall leads to rapid and continual weight loss, increases mental focus, concentration and alertness as well as helps to decrease fatigue both physically and mentally. This is if it is taken in the prescribed oral tablet form. Some addicts also crush and snort the drug or inject Adderall, leading to a lower cost type of cocaine high. What many people don’t realize is the health risks are extreme and similar to those seen with the use of cocaine, and this drug can be highly addictive.

One of the most famous celebrities associated with the use of Adderall is Brooke Mueller. If you don’t recognize the name immediately she is the wife of Charlie Sheen, who himself has significant and well documented addiction issues.  However, what makes this case unique is that Brooke actually has a prescription for the use of Adderall to treat her ADHD, but she also attended her last rehab, her 19th attempt to get clean, because of an Adderall snorting addiction.

In the past she has also had addictions and rehab stints for crystal meth, which is a very closely related to Adderall. The difficulty with testing Brooke for Adderall is that the test only determines the presence of the drug, not the form in which it was used, which poses difficulties in getting her the help that she may very well need.

Sherry Gaba, LCSW, a psychotherapist and life, love, and recovery coach, is featured on Celebrity Rehab on VH1. Sherry is the author of  The Law of Sobriety, which uses the Law of Attraction to help people recover from addiction.  She offers a 10 week Certification for Psychotherapists, Coaches or for anyone wanting to deepening their understanding of using the law of attraction to recovery from any addiction at wakeuprecovery.com.    She is also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People and Conscious Entrepreneurs, and to several e-books: Empowerment Manual: Finding Purpose With Intention, Filling the Empty Heart: 5 Keys to Transforming Love Addiction. The e-books Relapse Prevention and Eliminate Limiting Beliefs can be downloaded free of charge at www.sherrygaba.com. Contact Sherry for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages, and speaking engagements.

The 5 Most Surprising Celebrity News Stories Of 2013

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lady gagaSometimes when you hear a celebrity’s name in the news you just know what is going to follow. You may also have been one of the millions that knew of the addiction or hidden secret of the celebrity that suddenly the star feels necessary to reveal. However, despite the rather open nature of celebrity life, sometimes issues with addiction, trauma or mental health issues take us by surprise.

This year is no different. Here are five celebrities that came or were brought forward in the news with addiction, mental health issues or problems that seemed to really take their fans and followers by surprise. Unfortunately Cory Monteith died as a result of his addiction, a true shock to many of his dedicated fans.

1. Lady Gaga – Just this November Lady Gaga came forward in a radio interview to report that she is addicted to marijuana. According to the singer she was smoking as many as 15 or 20 joints per day and that she found them to be truly addicting. Currently she reports being clean and sober.

2. Zac Efron – Voluntarily entering a rehab facility under the radar, Zac Efron, the star of a variety of movies after his start with Disney, surprised most of his fans by taking about his recovery once he completed the program. He reportedly had an addiction to cocaine but, with support of family and friends, he sought help for the addiction.

3. Elizabeth Vargas – A very well-known and respected journalist and TV anchor, Elizabeth Vargas voluntarily sought treatment for her self-reported alcohol addiction. She credits strong support from her employers along with the encouragement and love of her family as her inspiration for seeking help.

4. Catherine Zeta-Jones – Although originally diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, she entered into a treatment facility again in April of 2013. The actress did this as a proactive option to deal with issues related to her health issue.

5. Cory Monteith – Cory Monteith was discovered dead in a hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada of a reported accidental overdose of a combination of heroin and alcohol. He had attempted rehab in the past but was planning on completing another program prior to his tragic death.

While stories with celebrity addiction continue to make front page news, it is the tragedy, on a uniquely personal level, that we all can understand and empathize with, no matter what level of celebrity status exists.

 

Sherry Gaba LCSW, a psychotherapist and life, love and recovery coach, is featured on Celebrity Rehab on VH1. Sherry is the author of  The Law of Sobriety, which uses the Law of Attraction to help people recover from addiction; she is also a contributor to Conscious Entrepreneurs, and to several e-books: Empowerment Manual: Finding Purpose with Intention, Filling the Empty Heart: 5 Keys to Transforming Love Addiction. The e-books Relapse Prevention and Eliminate Limiting Beliefs can be downloaded free of charge at www.sherrygaba.com. Contact Sherry for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages and speaking engagements.

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Is Celebrity Behavior Above The Law?

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FameIt is no surprise that celebrity behaviors, even those that are illegal, often fly well below the radar until there is a huge public issue that simply cannot be ignored. These types of incidents, often aptly described as train wrecks, typically come to define that individual. For recent examples think of Lindsay Lohan, Brittany Spears and Mel Gibson.

However, some celebrity problems and addictions seem to go on for months or years before any type of legal action is considered. Most recently singer Chris Brown became the center of a controversy after his failed attempts at court ordered anger management programs and probation.

After his public disclosure of domestic violence with Rihanna, he was ordered to complete six months of community service, domestic violence counseling and stay on probation, with no further incidents, for five years. However, there have been multiple allegations and reported incidents of violence and threats to people since this sentence. Many groups and individuals believed that Chris Brown’s fame allowed his to bypass the legal system and even to get credit for community service he did not actually complete.

By October of 2013 Chris Brown was once again in legal hot water. He was charged with felony assault in Washington, DC, after some fans jumped into a picture. Brown allegedly threw a punch at the two and uttered a homophobic statement, but the bodyguard was originally listed as the aggressive person. Later in the case it was determined that Brown actually threw the punch and broke one the fan’s nose.

This case is still pending despite Chris Brown spending a night in jail in DC and being required to report to his probation officer in California in 48 hours. Once he finally gets in front of the judge he could face up to 4 years of jail time based on the original charge for the domestic violence offense as well as the violation of probation.  That is, if his fame doesn’t somehow influence his sentence as it appears to have done in the past.

 

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life, Love & Recovery Coach is featured   Celebrity    Rehab   on  VH1. Sherry is the  author  of “The Law of Sobriety” which  uses   the    law  of  attraction to  recover from any   addiction.    Please   download your free E book   “Filling The Empty   Heart”  and  your “Are You    a  Love Addict Quiz?” at www.sherrygaba.com Contact Sherry   for     webinars,  teleseminars,  coaching   packages and speaking   engagements.  Take  Sherry’s quiz for a free eBook   Filling  the    Empty  Heart: 5 Keys to    Transforming  Love    Addiction.

Creativity And Mental Health: What Is The Connection?

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manaloneHave you ever stopped to consider the number of celebrities, stars, entertainers, artists and writers that have reported mental health issues? And, in thinking on the topic, have you ever stopped to consider how this trend seems to be anything but modern?

Looking back on history it seems obvious that some of the most famous people of times long past had mental health problems, although at the time they were largely misunderstood or wrongly attributed to a variety of factors. Historically people such as Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, Ludwig van Beethoven, Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf as well as Vivian Leigh, Tennessee Williams, Janis Joplin and Jane Pauley all were or could have been diagnosed with depression.

More recently a significant number of stars and celebrities have come forward about their diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Researchers no longer think this is a coincidence and several studies have demonstrated a link between the two. Mental health disorders, particularly those classed as mood disorders, are more common in people with high levels of creativity than in the average population.

In a study at the Stanford University School of Medicine children were shown series of drawings. Some were very simple while others were more complex and abstract. Interestingly enough children that had parents with bipolar disorder or in a high risk group for bipolar were more likely to like the complex, abstract pictures and dislike the simple drawings compared to their low risk peers. This preference for creativity may chart their pathway in their personal and professional lives.

In addition research has tentatively demonstrated that specific types of creative professions tend to draw people that have a higher rate of a specific mental health condition. If this is correct than it may not be the case of the career causing the problem but rather the person with the condition choosing that career.

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life, Love & Recovery Coach is featured   Celebrity    Rehab   on  VH1. Sherry is the  author  of “The Law of Sobriety” which  uses   the    law  of  attraction to  recover from any   addiction.    Please   download your free E book   “Filling The Empty   Heart”  and  your “Are You    a  Love Addict Quiz?” at www.sherrygaba.com Contact Sherry   for     webinars,  teleseminars,  coaching   packages and speaking   engagements.  Take  Sherry’s quiz for a free eBook   Filling  the    Empty  Heart: 5 Keys to    Transforming  Love    Addiction.

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