very person who abused drugs started taking them because he was experiencing a precise condition — a physical affliction, a situation in his life, or unwanted emotions such as sadness or boredom — from which he could find no physical or spiritual relief. He found that drugs removed his symptoms or numbed his feelings about what was troubling him.
Thus, Mr. Hubbard discovered that drug abuse is essentially spiritual in nature. The individual, in some way hurt, had been led into the false belief that drugs could cure what ailed him.
The relief is only temporary. Drugs not only fail to resolve the underlying, unwanted condition, but can lead to dependency and addiction.
A drug user becomes less aware of the present, of the people around him and so becomes less considerate and responsible, less active, less capable and less bright.
In our drug-ridden culture, it is a fact that all Scientologists are drug-free. 100% say they take no street drugs at all. This statistic is even more dramatic when compared to the current figures that show more than 30% of the general population in Europe ages 15 to 65 have used drugs.
One does not, however, have to be a heavy narcotics addict to experience a lessening of alertness, fogginess or other effects as a result of some drug use.
Drugs fix a person’s attention at points in his past. Past incidents often appear in visions or hallucinations a person sees while on certain drugs. Attention then often becomes stuck in these incidents after the drug has worn off, with the cumulative effect of the person not feeling “with it” or aware of his present-time environment.
This can be dangerous to the person himself and to others, as seen in the number of drug-related automobile accidents, to say nothing of less serious accidents or mistakes that happen because a person is unaware of what is going on around him.
In fact, in researching the barriers to spiritual gain caused by drugs, Mr. Hubbard uncovered the existence of a drug personality, an artificial personality created by drugs. “Drugs can apparently change the attitude of a person from his original personality to one secretly harboring hostilities and hatreds he does not permit to show on the surface,” wrote Mr. Hubbard. “While this may not hold true in all cases, it does establish a link between drugs and increasing difficulties with crime, production and the modern breakdown of social and industrial culture.”
Mr. Hubbard’s development of the Purification Programme created the means by which one could rid himself of the biochemical residues that reactivate the negative effects of drugs on the mind and self, but it is factually just the first step in a full resolution to the spiritual devastation caused by abuse of drugs, medicine and alcohol.
Other mental and spiritual factors exist, and to address these, Mr. Hubbard developed a series of procedures and actions that address the cause of a person’s decision to take drugs in the first place.
Administered in churches of Scientology, these actions are part of a unique form of spiritual counselling known as auditing — from the Latin root audire, which means “to listen.”
Auditing un-fixes a person’s attention from the past and frees him from the pains, emotions, sensations and other unwanted feelings for which drugs became the “cure.” When that original problem or underlying condition that led the person to turn to drugs as a “solution” is located and handled, he is then fully free from any effects of drugs and from the need to take them.