Thoughts for the Day – Rehab….Having a Great Detox
[9March] What’s with rehab these days? Eddie Van Halen just checked into rehab yesterday and Robbie Williams checked out of rehab earlier this week. Then there were the ins and outs of rehab from Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan and of course the Miss USA Tara Conner a while ago. Other notable mentions includes Kieth Urban (Nicole Kidman’s husband); Courtney Love and Robin Williams. Maybe it is the “in” thing to tell people that “I’m clean now” or “I’m ready to party again”, not sure. One thing for sure, we need one of those treatment centers here in town.
Googled this morning, searched for “rehab” under Hong Kong and nothing came up. Rehab center actually could be a profitable business in town.
[Updated: 31 March] … Having a Great Detox, New York Times, 29 March 2007
Less than a decade ago, a stint in rehab was assumed to be a body- and soul-wrenching experience. A trip to even an elite facility like the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., was sufficiently shaming to keep under wraps – the psychic equivalent of a week in the stocks. Today a sojourn at a boutique establishment like Promises in Malibu, Calif., where until last week Britney Spears was tucked away, is openly discussed and in some quarters glamorized as a hip, if costly, refuge for the gilded set.
That idea is perpetuated – indeed aggressively promoted – by the marketers of a handful of high-end facilities, some of which advertise amenities on their Web sites like private rooms with 600-thread-count bedsheets, high-tech gyms, spa cuisine and ocean views. “There used to be a stigma to coming to a place like this,” said Chris Prentiss, the director of Passages, another exclusive treatment center in Malibu. “Now it’s like wearing a Ralph Lauren shirt.”……….Click here for full article.