Over here at AfterParty, we receive an onslaught of questions from people about addiction and recovery. And well, our video series AfterParty Answers gives us an opportunity to address them. In this episode, Anna David and Danielle Stewart answer a reader’s question about switching addictions.
The question, in short, is this: what are some ways to get out of a depression, short of the regular old ones (e.g., therapy, medication, meditation, pound cake eating)? (Kidding on the pound cake.) (Sort of.) As luck would have it, Anna is a big fan of spending money on things that other people may consider, well, not essential (yes, she drives to Ojai every month to see her psychic). This means that she’s not only been on multiple meditation retreats but also tried both cryotherapy (no, that doesn’t mean going somewhere to cry for an hour) and flotation therapy. Danielle, meanwhile, pointed out that new boyfriends also have a way of helping with depression—at least for the first month of the relationship.
There are, of course, many opinions on this topic but if you want Anna and Danielle’s complete answer, check out this vid. While the girls aren’t in any way medical professions (emphasis on “aren’t in any way medical professionals”), they are sober folks who have not only grappled with some of the issues being asked about but have also written scads of articles for this very site on them. Tune in every month to see what you, our faithful readers, want to know.