philip seymour hoffmanAs we mourn the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, a great actor and artist, we also acknowledge that many have suffered the same fate before him.

Perpetual drug addiction, where the addict is in and out of rehab, trying to kick a habit that’s all-too-often nearly impossible to kick.

But is there a connection between creativity and addiction? Do artists, actors, painters, and singers believe drugs help them attain a more creative state?

David J. Linden is a neurobiologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and author of “The Compass of Pleasure,” and spoke with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis.

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