Creative Nature Risk Factors
Joy of Living Creatively
Dr. Eric Maisel

Episode 49 - Creative Nature Risk Factors

Today’s episode is part of a series called “Creative Recovery,” based on the book of the same name, published by Shambhala Press, that addictions’ special Susan Raeburn and I have written in which we describe a complete addiction recovery program for creative people. In it we take into account the risks, needs, and demands of the creative life and the creative personality. I hope that you will give Creative Recovery a peek if addiction issues are of concern to you or to somebody you know. Today’s show, the fourth in the series, is called “Creative Nature Risk Factors.”

The episode begins this way:

“In previous episodes I described your creative nature as a certain drive or inner pressure to be an individual and to realize your human potential, a drive that as likely as not puts you in opposition to conventional aspects of your family, community, and society at large. This drive or inner pressure is itself a substantial risk for addiction, as you are likely to find yourself regularly frustrated in your efforts to express yourself and in your efforts to make money from your creative work, a set of frustrations that cry out for relief; and because the pressure to be individual and to create regularly demands an ‘addictive break,’ the kind of break that alcohol, cocaine, food, sex and other substances and behaviors afford.”

Tune in to hear more!