My friend Bill over at Addiction Recovery Basics posted a video interview of Robin Williams the other day talking about his recovery from drug addiction.
It’s sort of a wild interview but at one point Robin Williams says: “For me the greatest drug of all is creation….because you can create, you get the same kick [as drugs]. When you create you get a little endorphin buzz.”
I just about fell out of my chair when I heard him say that because I have never heard of others in recovery speak of creation, and here he is saying that creation is the solution….just like I have been preaching all along. Pretty neat stuff.
It’s not about being creative, per se (though Robin Williams surely is), it’s about creating a new life for yourself. Action, in other words. When we quit doing drugs and booze there is a great void. Spirituality is meant to fill this void but it generally only answers the “why” part of recovery. Creation answers the question: What are you going to do with your life now that you are sober?
Check it out, Robin Williams on the creative theory of recovery: