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Do Any Treatment Methods Embrace Creativity?

Do Any Treatment Methods Embrace Creativity?

Patients in rehab may be encouraged to try new forms of art, develop new hobbies or hone existing skills

With so many actors, musicians and artists in the news for their struggles with addiction, it may seem that drugs provide the creative boost that leads to fame. However, drugs do not cause creativity, they only share some of the same precursors. In other words, Des Moines’s artistic drug addicts would do well to get clean.

While genetics do not entirely dictate addiction and creativity, they do play a strong role in shaping personality. Scientific American gives genetics up to a 40 percent role in addiction development, and it explains that drug addicts often have a low-functioning dopamine system, so they want to experience feelings and pleasure more strongly. These facts mean that Des Moines’s artistic drug addicts may be “risk-taking, novelty-seeking and compulsive” (“Is There a Link Between Creativity and Addiction?” July 26, 2011). These same personality traits contribute to creativity, as creative types are often willing to take risks and to try something new without considering long-term consequences.

However, addiction does not cause creativity, rather the personality traits that contribute to it often overlap with creativity. There is hope in this statement: factors of addiction and creativity are both partially genetic, so they will endure when drug use stops. Des Moines drug addicts who fear that recovery will cost them their creativity do not have to worry, because the characteristics that contribute to skillful writing, art and music will remain even once drug abuse stops.

Traditional Addiction Treatment and Creativity

While alternative addiction therapy may focus on arts, physical activity and other paths to recovery, Des Moines drug addicts who want to recover can include creativity apart from new age, alternative or experimental treatment options. Cognitive therapy is a traditional, proven form of addiction treatment that promotes creativity in its programs. In Cognitive Therapy of Substance Abuse, therapists are encouraged “to make use of their creativity and their patients’ unique individual needs and strengths to devise new variations of cognitive therapy techniques and assignments” (156). These “assignments” may involve writing, drawing, painting or using other creative outlets to understand thought processes, addictive behaviors and ways to cope with cravings. Patients in rehab may be encouraged to try new forms of art, to develop new hobbies or to hone existing skills. As the brain heals from addiction and users spend less time figuring out how to get and use drugs, they often find they have more focus and drive for their creative pursuits.

Creative Recovery for Des Moines Drug Addicts

If you live in Des Moines and want to pursue a creative, active and healthy recovery, we can help. Talk with our admissions coordinators about effective, professional addiction treatment that involves and encourages creativity. Our 24 hour helpline is toll free and confidential, so please pick up the phone today.