Do Drugs and Alcohol Make Us Creative?

Creativity has always been one of the desired qualities of any good artist. Besides that, we all need creativity in our daily life to do all sort of complex tasks. Ever since man has always wanted to achieve more, it comes times when we just want to be more creative than before because of the ever increasing challenges that we face. Some people feel more creative in the presence of loved ones while some take inspiration from given places. Today we want to consider the question “Do drugs and alcohol make us creative” or better still “Do they increase our creativity?”

Is this discussion I think the definition of creativity will guide us much. Simple definitions of creativity are:

  • the ability to create
  • the ability to bring into existence

However these definitions are not good to work with and study drug and alcohol. So we will define creativity as the ability to organize basic ideas, objects, colors, sounds etc to form something pleasing, useful and original. Creativity in music is the ability to arrange basic sounds, instruments, voices and notes whereas in painting it is the arrangement of colors, lights, shadows and representations. It is possible to see that this holds for all the domains that require creativity. When God created the world, he separated light from darkness, waters above from waters below, oceans and seas from continents and so on. We can now go on to check to what extend can drugs and alcohol enhance our creativity.

When an individual consumes any drug or alcohol, it has a direct influence on our state of consciousness and alters our perception of reality and even time. In such a state in individual lose touch with the real world and sees all sorts of ideas, memories and images crossing his mind. This is the main thing that deceives people. In such as situation, the individual may seem to have ideas but lacks the rational state of mind to implement these ideas due to the effects of drugs on his mind. Drug and alcohol makes users become drowsy or sedated, may hinder an individual’s ability concentrate, may interfere with coordination, and may blow out of proportion the importance of insignificant thoughts or details.

Mindful of all these, there is no real base for saying that drugs and alcohol helps in any way our creativity. God created us in his image. Our ability to create is an inherited characteristic from God and is damaged when we carry out practices like drug and alcohol abuse which makes us hostile to God’s life.

The Drugs Not Covered By Medicare Part D

The main criticism on Medicare Part D plans is that there are varying lists between plans, that is, you can expect to find a different list of excluded drugs by different plan providers.

There is, however, a so-called “base line” list of drugs that Medicare Part D excludes. These include, of course, drugs disapproved for use by the Food and Drug Administration, drugs not available in the United States and drugs that are available under Part A and Part B of Medicare.

There are also certain classes of drugs that are excluded in Part D, including:

Fertility drugs, drugs for weight gain, weight loss, or for treating anorexia, drugs for treating erectile dysfunction, cosmetic drugs like drugs, cough and cold suppressants, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, vitamins and minerals except prenatal vitamins.

Although they are excluded in a basic Part D plan, plan providers can otherwise include them as a supplementary benefit if they fit a Part D drug definition. The costs of such drugs, however, cannot be passed on to Medicare.

Not all Part D plans are created alike. In fact, Part D plans are not even required to pay for all drugs that are covered under Part D. Different plan providers have their own set of formularies, or list of Part D drugs that they are willing to make a payment.

It pays to check out the formularies of the plan providers in your area. Choosing two to three plans would typically be enough, but if you have time to waste, you can actually go through all the plans available in your area (some areas in the United States have 100 plans offered by 50 different providers).

Keep in mind that with each year, Part D plan providers tend to change their formularies or the list of drugs covered under their plans. This is one reason why Part D plans are patronized only by a fraction of the people who are set to benefit from it. The minimum amounts or the Standard Benefit Plan changes with each year too.

This is certainly the case of the Medicare Part D 2009, where there are increases in the deductible amount, coverage limit, maximum amount of out-of-pocket expenses, and co-payment. Part D is an optional supplemental coverage to your main Medicare plan, but if you opt for this plan, you would typically pay from $35 to $37 per month (as of 2008 Part D).