It certainly isn’t advisable to romanticize one’s past drug or alcohol experiences, but I don’t think that was Ali’s intent. It has been my experience that being able to relate to other alcoholics and drug addicts concerning the compelling feelings around that first use is important. So is sharing the futility of chasing that first high.
What I had trouble with was the fact that a male in recovery gave a female his number. I thought it a little inappropriate. But then, I’m female and had a male sponsor for decades. Ali’s calling Rue out on her BS was appropriate, though. It is always more effective when it is done by a fellow addict/alcoholic.