Some artists may find themselves struggling with several circumstances in that of their personal life, but as a consequence of such they may find themselves in a battle with drugs and/or alcohol. However, no matter what addiction(s) they are faced with, there is always at least one factor－and/or series of factors－that serves as a cause for their consumption. Some of these factors are listed as follows; 1. Stress, and/or 2. Unfulfillment. For, these two components contribute greatly to both experienced and upcoming artists in that of the art world.
First and foremost is stress which is the most common reason that one faces addiction. But, with artists, as they endure a significant amount of it－which comes with the pressure to succeed－they may find themselves turning to drugs or alcohol to cope with their emotions. Then, depending on how they are handling certain situations mentally, this can cause such to stem into addiction. Oftentimes, artists may even have high expectations set for them－either by themselves or others－and if not met the pressure can trigger substance abuse. For, the substance(s) can cause a quick fix－and/or the relief they “need” from those unruly feelings－in a short amount of time.
Second is unfulfillment which runs parallel with that of high expectations. But, in addition to such, artists might find themselves unable to establish themselves, “get their feet off the ground”, or may feel as though they are insignificant/unrecognized to that of the public eye. Unfortunately, this can be quite discouraging as one begins to both contrast and compare himself/herself with another’s work, or success. In turn, some artists may even include their struggle with addiction in various pieces, which can be seen as a cry for help. An example of this can be seen through Vincent Van Gogh as he struggled with substance abuse, and depicted such within that of his work.
In conclusion, artists must be careful not to let stress, unfulfillment, and/or other high pressured situations within that of their career affect them negatively－because if they do such can take a turn for the worst. However, if one surrounds himself/herself with people, places, and things which stimulate that of his/her mental and emotional health, he/she can be better equip when difficult situations present themselves. Not only that, but there art can pose as beneficial, by serving as an outlet for them to express their emotions in a healthy way, aiding in a healthy mental state, and an addiction free life.