Drew Barrymore's Addiction To Drugs And Drugs

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Despite celebrities seemingly having endless amounts of money, happiness, and good intentions, many turn to drugs and alcohol to escape their problems. One famous example is Drew Barrymore. Drew Barrymore was a child actress, and became famous at age six when she played Gertie in the popular film E.T. After starring in E.T., she played roles in many more successful films. Despite having lots of money and a successful career, Barrymore turned to drinking and drugs at a very young age. Barrymore began to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes at age nine, she started smoking marijuana and partying at nightclubs at age 10, at age 12 she began to use cocaine, at age 13 she had already gone through drug rehabilitation treatment twice, and at age 14, she had attempted suicide. Many people believe she was influenced by her family; her father struggled with alcoholism and was not able to see Drew for several years due to his arrests. In addition, Barrymore’s grandfather, John Barrymore, died young from a collection of many things, including liver and kidney…show more content…
Drugs are chemicals, and when you process these chemicals, they affect the brain’s communication system. When you are addicted to drugs and overuse them, they can have long-term effects on your brain. When a person takes a drug, the limbic system of the brain releases dopamine to make the user feel good. This is the feeling that becomes addictive. Our brains reward us with small amounts of dopamine when we do actions that are good for us. However, while using drugs, the brain is “tricked” into rewarding the user with high levels of dopamine when they are actually causing harm. When addicted to drugs, the user’s brain is unable to naturally produce normal levels of dopamine, so the user craves drugs to restore the dopamine levels to normal. Essentially, the user is unable to naturally feel good without the

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