“The show does a good job of demonstrating mental health, substance abuse and how people deal with it through self-medication,” she wrote. “The show has important implications when it comes to increasing awareness and empathy for addiction, mental health, sexuality and relationships. It encourages important conversations and self-reflection.”
Mary Kay Holmes, a 46-year-old writer and parent of two teens, taps into that mindset. Every week she watches the show with her 17-year-old daughter (her 15-year-old chooses to watch it alone, and finds it “cringe” to watch with parents).
Mrs. Holmes and her daughter primarily enjoy the show as a source of entertainment (she would watch it even if she had no children), but as a mother, she often uses “euphoria” as a mechanism to have casual conversations with her. children about drug use, relationships, toxic masculinity, gender and sexuality.
“It’s a tough show to watch, but a lot of good things come out,” said Ms. Holmes. “I think we’ve been using a lot of television in my house to initiate conversations and talk about things, and I know that’s probably not the norm for a lot of families, but I try to keep track of what my kids are consuming, in rather than limiting it.”
But the main reason most viewers seem to return is that the show keeps their attention: with its standout fashion and makeup, its stunning visuals and the twists that keep people talking.
“I’m definitely watching it for the drama. I don’t have a lot of drama in my life right now because I work from home, and I’m pretty emotionally strong right now,” Ms Bone said. “However, I love working out some storylines with colleagues, friends, passers-by, someone I meet at the bodega. It’s these things that we can really cling to.”