The LRH reply was essentially twofold, and if originally prompted by a recognition of what drugs represent as a spiritual stumbling block to former users entering Dianetics and Scientology, the application of his methods have proven very broad indeed in the secular realm. First, and perhaps most talked about, is the Purification program. Consisting of a carefully designed regimen of nutritional supplements, exercise and sauna, the Purification program has proven the only means of eliminating residual drug particles and toxins from fatty tissues. That fatty tissues tend to form a repository for drugs and toxic substances was, in fact, an LRH discovery and ultimately led to much of what we now know as environmental medicine. LRH work in the field also led to a whole new appreciation of how drugs may adversely affect us years after ingestion and how the problem is by no means limited to illicit substances, but includes both medicinal drugs and environmental pollutants—all accounting for the popularity of the Purification program among every sector of society.
The second aspect of the LRH solution utilizes rehabilitation procedures drawn from Dianetics and Scientology. In broad terms, these procedures address the mental and spiritual trauma attendant to drug abuse—what originally prompted usage, the immediate physical consequences and subsequent memory loss, impaired reasoning and inabilities to concentrate. If the statement seems in any way academic, it is not, and results are routinely astonishing with dramatically improved health, perception, emotional stability and utter freedom from the need.
Much more, of course, will be said of these methods, particularly as regards the Narconon network of rehabilitation centers, exclusively delivering LRH methods and consequently recognized as the most effective facilities in the field. For the moment, however, let us bear in mind but a few salient facts from the larger body of LRH discoveries. In the first place, Ron tells us, if the physiological consequences of drug abuse are generally known, the breakdown of mental alertness and ethical fiber is not. Next, he tells us that the user, even the recreational user, is prone to unnatural hostilities and hatreds and, “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.” Finally, and here is the crux of the matter, “I have even established that there is such a thing as a ‘drug personality.’ It is artificial and is created by drugs.”
If he is right—and several later studies on the psychopharmacological model of violence bear him out—it explains a lot: the disturbing preponderance of violent crime arrestees testing positive to drugs (better than half in most urban neighborhoods), the equally disturbing correlations between multiple murders and drug usage (most notably amphetamines and psychotropics), the utterly shocking brutality of South Florida’s cocaine wars and all else embodied in such phrases from the parlance as Colombian Necktie (to describe an especially grisly and exaggerated form of mutilation). Moreover, there is this: When discussing this drug personality, or this biochemical personality as he elsewhere terms it, the distinction between illicit substances and regularly prescribed pharmaceutical compounds is nil. That is, “medical and most particularly psychiatric drugs can be every bit as damaging as street drugs.”
The ramifications are immense, and even more so when considering the telling pattern of violence within the 28 thousand Adverse Reaction Reports from the Prozac file, or the Canadian study finding tranquilized inmates of criminal facilities twice as prone to violence as their unmedicated cellmates. Then there are the equally disturbing studies linking Valium, Haldol and Xanax to extreme acts of societal violence, very much including that late twentieth- century phenomenon, the inexplicable killer in a fast-food restaurant or a metropolitan subway.
It is premature to extrapolate further or to ponder the inevitable next question: Has this biochemical society, this Prozac nation as the phrase goes, actually spawned a new brand of human being—whether subhuman or inhuman, but unspeakably violent? In either case, the issues here are supremely important, and when L. Ron Hubbard speaks of drugs as the “single most destructive element present in our current culture,” he is not simply adding to the rhetoric; he is speaking from a knowledge of biochemical phenomena that is very truthfully a revelation, and then offering a solution that is just as truthfully our only means of cultural salvation.
In addition to a general discussion of L. Ron Hubbard’s rehabilitation methods, we shall examine his work within the larger historical context and particularly as regards the political impetus behind unbridled drug abuse. We shall also examine what LRH discoveries have revealed regarding drugs as an agent of societal control, and much more of what he described as the “brutal truths” of this subject. As a final introductory word, however, let us understand that while drug use has probably become the most popularly opposed social ill, with every mother’s bumper sticker exhorting kids to just-say-no, the problem has hardly been faced full-on. With that in mind, here is how L. Ron Hubbard saw it, and here is what he did about it.