Why would a Utah rehab center want to particularly reach out to artists? According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, opioids kills 90 people in the U.S. every day, and, as it turns out, a disproportionate number of those deaths are artists.
Artists, and musicians especially, find themselves victims of addiction for a number of reasons, but here we will talk about two of the biggest.
A study recently published on HelpMusicians.org found that professionals in the music industry are three times more likely to suffer from depression. A stunning 71% of those surveyed also reported experiencing panic attacks and high levels of anxiety. The current working conditions of artists is a big part of why they are experiencing higher rates of depression. Artists often have irregular paychecks, uncertain hours, work for long periods of time in isolation, and experience high levels of competition. These factors lead to instability regarding control over their time and futures, and contribute to feeling a lack of recognition for one’s work, which can drain an artist’s sense of self-worth.
The Need for Creativity:
The high levels of depression artists tend to struggle with takes its toll on their creativity. It can kill one’s motivation and invoke self-isolating, and even self-loathing behaviors. To combat this, many artist turn to using drugs, thinking it will revitalize their creative juices, which, in some cases, certainly can. According to neurologist Dr. Alain Dagher, drugs “...make conceptual links in your brain between things that you may not normally link.” Dr. Dagher also states that, “Part of creativity is being original. So drugs like cocaine, and perhaps heroin, have the ability to make you have original thoughts.”
This causes a dilemma amongst artists. Artists often feel that if they stop using drugs, they won’t have the creativity to continue following their passion or be successful at it. On the other hand, the body builds up resistance to drugs, resulting in the need for increased usage to feel the same creative flow. Meanwhile, the drugs cause the user to lose the ability to experience other kinds of emotions that creativity and inspiration are built on. It is the perfect recipe for a vicious cycle to take hold.
Utah Rehab Center Reaching Out:
One Utah rehab center, Brighton Recovery, is helping educate and empower artists, and their family members, through learning to recognize and fight addiction. Brighton Recovery offers free group therapy sessions held every Sunday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the center’s Intensive Outpatient Treatment facility in Ogden. The public is welcome to attend the therapist-led process group, which provides a safe environment to talk about the struggles of addiction. The address to the facility is 5677 South 1475 East, South Ogden, UT 84403 and more information can be obtained at http://brightonrecoverycenter.com/.