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What can be done about the scourge of drugs?

October 26, 2007 Leave a comment

Since the early 1960s, drug use has steadily increased, beginning in the United States and quickly reaching our shores. Now we see our own cities in the grip of the drug epidemic.

By drugs are meant opiates, cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines, heroin and LSD (to mention a few). Mind-altering prescription drugs and tranquilizers are included. There are thousands of trade names and slang terms for these drugs. Alcohol is also classified as a drug.

Drugs operate by either stimulating or inhibiting certain chemical reactions in the body. The accumulated effects of drug-taking can leave one severely impaired, both physically and mentally. Even when off drugs for years a person can still experience lapses and “blank periods.” Drugs can seriously injure one’s ability to concentrate, to work, to learn, to deal with others. In short, they can shatter a life.

Why, then, do drugs continue to take more victims every day? It has been found that drug abusers began taking drugs because of physical suffering or hopelessness. When a person is depressed, unhappy or in pain — physically or emotionally — and finds no relief, he may turn to drugs. When people are told there is no “cure,” or that their pains and worries are “imaginary,” many instinctively turn to whatever substance might bring relief or make life less of a burden. In other words, unable to do something about their condition, they chemically alter their perceptions of it with drugs.

The young fall prey to pressure from their peers and so succumb to drugs, while others are trapped by addiction to prescription drugs. There are many doors in, but few exits.

Thus the drug dilemma has many faces and ramifications — the corporate manager hooked on cocaine; the housewife who cannot get through a day without pills to escape her migraine; the college student partying wildly all night long at an ecstasy-fueled rave; the school child addicted to and turning anti-social from the drug prescribed for his “learning disorder.”

Nearly everyone knows someone adversely affected by drugs.

And while many have tried to solve the problem, lacking an effective solution, they have failed to halt ever-increasing drug consumption.

One group in particular has become widely known as a drug-free community — members of the Scientology religion. Scientologists use no street drugs and none of the many psychiatric drugs promoted through our culture as a solution to everything from despondency to obesity.1

Scientology is a vibrant, new religious movement based on the research and religious-philosophical writings of author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. He spent more than a half-century researching basic truths about the mind and the spirit, as well as their relation to and effects upon the body.

Mr. Hubbard discovered drugs to be a major impediment to spiritual progress and enlightenment, which is the primary mission of the Scientology religion. Long after an individual has stopped taking drugs, he can continue to be affected by them, for drug residuals remain in the body and can continue to trigger negative emotional reactions for many years.

Thus, Mr. Hubbard developed a programme to eradicate the harmful spiritual and mental effects of drugs, allowing people to think clearly. He referred to it as a technology because it is a method of application of principles rather than merely knowledge of the subject. His drug handling technology fully resolves the reasons underlying a person’s drug-taking. Nothing else can do this with certainty.

For members of the Scientology religion, ridding themselves of the harmful spiritual effects of drugs is but one aspect of their journey to spiritual enlightenment. However, Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries in this area are so fundamental and workable that they have been adapted by a network of independent secular nonprofit drug education and rehabilitation centers. These centres help people addicted to drugs come off of them and start drug-free lives regardless of their religious persuasion. This network of centres is called Narconon and is described later in this website.

Members of the Scientology religion spearhead an international grassroots educational campaign to provide the facts about the dangers of drugs. This has reached millions across the continent and around the world — raising public awareness about the drug problem with informational materials, events and concerts.

While these anti-drug activities reach broadly into society, another vital vector of drug prevention includes drug education lectures in schools, companies and institutions, providing an in-depth understanding of the effects of drugs on a person’s body, his mind and, in fact, his entire life. This is the key to the success of the Narconon drug education programs — empowering school-age children, and indeed, people of all ages, with knowledge about drug dangers, allowing them to make informed personal decisions about taking drugs.

Members of the Scientology religion spearhead an international grassroots educational campaign to provide the facts about the dangers of drugs, reaching millions of all ages.

For most of those already in the clutches of drugs, effective drug rehabilitation is the only way out. Unfortunately, many governments — believing the propaganda of the psychiatric industry — have placed their hopes and funding into psychiatric-based rehab methods long proven to be dismal failures.

But there is another way. The Narconon drug rehabilitation program restores drug-free living to drug-dependent people. This international network, with centers across Europe, makes effective drug rehabilitation a reality.

Scientologists and churches of Scientology support Narconon in many ways, reinforcing its vital work and effective results.

For those who may never have experienced drug addiction, there is still the accumulation of adverse effects of medicinal and other drugs and toxins. Such substances have crossed virtually everyone’s life — and their short- and long-term effects can place a cloud across a person’s bright future and his spiritual advance. Thus, the Purification Program and specialized religious counseling offered in churches of Scientology relieve the negative effects of drugs and toxins in terms of their mental and spiritual factors.

Active on all these fronts, Scientologists and churches of Scientology are working for a drug-free world, assured of success with the technologies developed by Mr. Hubbard.

1. While Scientologists do not take illicit drugs or psychotropic medications, they are not opposed to the use of medicinal drugs and antibiotics as prescribed by physicians for the resolution of physical conditions.