We've been watching Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu. You watchin'? Good escapist TV, comes in handy these days.
I happened to catch the first episode, and it really drew me in. I think the casting is super well done. It deals with people at a wellness retreat - to become "better". There are drugs involved, both as addictions to escape from and as to use for wellness treatment.
So... what's the difference?
A friend recently told me that she's addicted to smoking weed. She's determined to stop, not to get over her dependence, but because she knows the smoking is bad for her lungs. She's developed a noticeable phlegmy cough.
She says the pot helps to calm her thoughts. She smokes before going on walks with her dog, and the smoking-walking routine is rather therapeutic. She's tried edibles and infusions, but apparently she's developed such a high tolerance from the smoking that no other form works for her. If something other than smoking did the trick, she'd switch in a heartbeat.
I'll note that she is about my age, has a stable marriage, lives comfortably in a suburban home, has a good relationship with step-kids in their 20's, is productive at her profession, is very sociable and well-liked...
She told me she's considering hypnosis to kick her habit. She doesn't want to go to rehab because of the stigma of, "I went to rehab".
When she said that, admittedly, I did think, "Wow, rehab? It's that bad?"
So I'm watching Nine Perfect Strangers and wondering what that would be like. Would I cope okay for ten days? With no connection to the outside world - no news, no internet, no contact with friends or family... no alcohol, no caffeine?
Sure, I could do ten days.