Addiction is known to be a psychological disorder which is no respecter of persons, status, colour and the likes. Addiction is commonly known to be an obsessive attraction which makes one drawn to a particular activity, irrespective of the fact that the outcome could either be good or bad.

These activities can be carried out without the individual being addicted to them. However, it gets worse when it becomes a habit.

Taking a look at performing artists, they are public individuals who perform on stage or probably media platforms.

While they are displaying their talents and skills, there is this major goal to showcase their emotions and feelings, while giving their audience the best of entertainment.

There are a good number of reasons why performing artists get addicted, one of which is, the desire to be known.

Everyone loves attention, and it is very normal for us humans. Artists are most likely to link up with the big guns in the society, and there is this innate desire to get to the top, hence, they would be keen on stepping up their game.

Most artists usually do not feel at ease when they are performing. Hence, they would take drugs before going on stage, so that their performance can be enhanced. This is done in a bid to provide satisfaction to the requirements of the industry.

In addition to this, there is always the desire to get famous and rich. No one desires poverty, as everyone would like to be in places of leadership and power as well. Hence, it can be said that the performance of an artist is a huge determinant in whether he would get rich quick or not.

Also, some performing artists do not have confidence in themselves. At times, there is this huge pressure which comes on them when they are in front of a large crowd. Hence, they would take certain substances which would help to boost their confidence, and also step-up their performance as well.

When there is a constant reason for performing artists to remain addicted, they would continue taking those substances and indulging in those acts, and eventually get addicted to them.

Creativity & Addiction In The Performing Arts

Creativity can be quite beneficial as it is oftentimes used in that of addiction recovery. Yet even so, the need to obtain creativity—after it has slipped away, out of reach—can bring about a whole new problem, centered around substance abuse. In turn, this may cause one to place blame on creativity, or the creator himself/herself, rather than looking at the reason behind/for his/her addiction. The biggest consequence of this is that, creativity can pose as an advantage—or a disadvantage—depending on whether or not the creator holds creativity, or whether creativity holds the creator.

First and foremost are the advantages that come through creativity, which can help performing artists who are struggling with addiction rediscover their passion in a healthy—drug and alcohol free—way. For, it is through the performing arts (which is defined as, “forms of creative activity that are performed in front of an audience, such as drama, music, and dance”) that one can better express—what they are not yet ready to verbalize—through various approaches such as; art therapy, music therapy, etc.

Art therapy is “a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling, used as a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis”, while music therapy is “the prescribed use of music to restore, maintain, and improve emotional, physical, physiological, and spiritual health and well-being”. It is through these two therapeutic exercises, among a number of others, that performers—and/or addicts as a whole—can be restored to their former selves, as each helps them to process their feelings in a healthy way.

In contrast, creativity can also pose as a disadvantage if the creator begins to let it rule their life to the point of addiction. For, he/she may begin to grow frustrated by the inability to express what he/she is feeling efficiently, and may become even more upset if he/she has little to no inspiration. In response to such, he/she then finds himself/herself using because he/she finds that he/she likes the way it makes him/her feel, and in turn lets his/her addiction to creativity create an outlet to addiction in other areas of his/her life.

In conclusion, creativity is what the the creator makes it to be. It can either become one’s downfall if he/she begins to crave it after it has gone astray—and in place of such begins to use. Or, it can be used as a healthy outlet for anyone who is able to see it as such—without addiction to obstruct his/her view. That’s why individuals who find themselves—and/or feel as though—they are falling into addiction, must seek help, so that they may not only rediscover their creativity, but rediscover themselves. For oftentimes, what lies deep beneath the surface of the person who is struggling serves as the root of addiction, rather than creativity itself.