brain trust

The Power Of The Addictive Mind

What is the Brain Trust? This is a concept described by Ed Catmull in his book, Creativity Inc. In the book, he talks about special meetings of the creative thinkers of his company. While a meeting is in session, the attendees cannot attack or judge each others ideas. Yet, candid criticism is welcome. In a Brain Trust meeting, members discuss and refine ideas. Interestingly, Addicted individuals tend to be highly intelligent and creative and they are encouraged to attend regular special meetings.

Meetings for addicts vs Brain Trust

While addicted people go to meetings, such as 12-step groups, they are somewhat different from the Brain Trust. It is true that new ideas are presented and refined in the course of some 12-step meetings, yet it is not the norm. More typically, members learn to follow well established patterns of thought that have become tradition. More often than not, groups will stifle creative thought and new ideas.

Is a program of conformity the ideal solution?

12-step programs have a definite place in addiction recovery and they work very well for many people. In fact, the focus on spiritual growth is a powerful solution to long term abstinence from drugs. Yet, the spirit of the addictive human being often thirsts for creative challenges. They want to build things, create new artwork, play music, write stories and much more. The mind that is most susceptible to addiction wants to focus on creating and combining ideas and refining concepts. In short, the addict would thrive in the Brain Trust.

The Brain Trust For Addiction Recovery

I propose a new kind of recovery group meeting. After all, what we currently have is not working for everyone. In spite of what some people may say, patients on Suboxone therapy who follow their treatment plan are clean and in recovery. They no longer crave drugs and their thinking has become clear and focused. Instead of placing them in rote meetings where they might find discrimination against their medical treatment, I believe they would thrive in a meeting of creative thought development. Imagine a room full of brilliant recovering people brainstorming together to solve each other’s problems.

The key is to have just a few simple rules.

While such a brain trust meeting of recovery should be mostly free of restrictions, there should be some rules. First, the talk must always be in favor of staying clean and avoiding illegal or immoral activities. The group would self-monitor to keep the discussions on track. Another rule might be that discussion should be aimed at dramatically improving the lives of the members. As discussed in this article, you can use a Brain Trust group to build a better business. Why not use it to build a better life?

Unlimited Potential.

People who fall into drug addiction often have nearly unlimited potential in life. In fact, I believe that this potential can be frightening to the individual. Unfortunately, if you fear facing what you are truly capable of in life, you may find yourself turning to drugs for an escape.

Overcoming Fear.

Now, that you are ready to change your life and quit drugs, it is time to work through this fear so you can live the life you were meant to live. Rather than focusing on your limitations, you can work on developing your true potential to create. You can overcome fear of things such as education, business, and the arts, such as filmmaking, music composition, writing, story telling and much more. Imagine living a life of nearly unlimited potential and finally proving to yourself and your family what you are truly capable of.