I have a wonderful, funny and fiercely intelligent friend who is in the midst of going through his third round of rehab. The first was spent at the Betty Ford clinic. The second and third are in a no nonsense clinic in the backwoods of Louisiana. I have found talking with him the core problem he is encountering is being comfortable in his own skin. He has spent the better part of his life either immersed in studying, he has his MD, or partying. We were both Biology majors in college and had more than one class together. We also spent many a night in an altered state of one kind or another. We enjoy each others intelligence and quick wit and always have a good time. Because we connect on a certain intellectual level he has chosen me, and I feel very lucky to be one of the few he has chosen, to talk about his experiences and how he is dealing with what is now in front of him. It has been a real eye opener for me.
Would it not be good for everyone to have to go through the introspection he has to every day? I mentioned this as a no nonsense clinic because the Betty Ford clinic was more of a cushy existence. Not a useless one by any means but perhaps not the hard hitting therapy he is getting now in the Bayou. My hope is he becomes comfortable in his own skin and I know he is working hard on this because he tells me he is. This is a large undertaking. The rewiring of how a person feels and thinks about himself and how he reacts and views the world.
He can and will do it!!
por escrito crabtree on Tuesday, July 02, 2002