You raise an interesting question, here.
Life taught me that shortcuts are not worth. Especially when you have long-term goals. Being creative thanks to hacks like cocaine? No, thanks, if I’m not creative, there are a million of other jobs available out there. Or I’ll simply cope with my level of creativity.
Lows can happen, and frequently, to anyone. But if you don’t find your way, by your means, you’ll have stolen your awards. And the end of your life, the number or the size of your awards will mean nothing, if these are not awards you’re proud of.
I appreciated the graphics of your article. A pleasant novelty. Hands-on test of creative boosters before the article? ;)