Addiction can be an extremely complex issue. Often there are a variety of contributing factors such as environment, heritability, and family roles. But what about intelligence? There have been studies highlighting the connection between addiction and intelligence. These studies produced some surprising results. One of which was that high intelligence had been more commonly linked to addiction than low intelligence.
The Link Between Intelligence and Addiction
Addicts and alcoholics are some of the most resilient people on earth. They possess the ability to overcome adversity time-and-time again. While in active addiction, they possess the ability to think their way out of situations and discover solutions to problems. However, most individuals suffering from addiction fail to realize their potential while in early recovery. Addicts and alcoholics can, and have, become Doctors, Lawyers, businessmen, or businesswomen. The popular saying within the rooms of 12-step programs, “You can be anything you want to be,” actually does come to fruition.
Some of the most creative people in history suffered from an addiction or dependence on one substance or another. For example, it is believed that drinking led to Ernest Hemingway’s depression and exacerbated his mental state. Edgar Allen Poe resorted to alcohol to cope with stress from financial worries. Famed actor Robert Downey Jr, millionaire playboy Howard Hughes, 1960s rock icon Janis Joplin, the list goes on.
I’ve heard in the past, “the world would be better off without drug addicts.” If this were the case, then some of the most creative and influential people in history would have never made an impact on our lives. Recognizing what they have to offer is an area those suffering from addiction fall short, and this may contribute towards relapse, a prolonged addiction, or even death. There is no bigger critic of the addict or alcoholic than the addict or alcoholic themselves. So, how do we get an individual suffering from addiction to realize their potential? How can a person in recovery discover their purpose? How do we, as family, friend, and society shift from the stigma associated with addiction, and begin to provide support which fosters the intelligence and creativity of those suffering addiction?
Victory Bay Recovery Center
At Victory Bay Recovery Center, Michael Schaub is our Primary Counselor. He, along with our other compassionate, experienced staff, is looking to help you get the unique treatment you need. We understand that every path to recovery is just as varied as every individual. Thus, we offer a wide range of programs and treatments, such as:
Victory Bay makes your recovery a top priority. Whatever your past experiences, if you’re ready to get help now, we’re here for you. Call us at 855.259.1624 to learn more about how we can get you on the road to recovery.