Central to the rehabilitation methods of L. Ron Hubbard is a deeply religious view of man as intrinsically spiritual, potentially omnipotent and ultimately capable of resolving all that afflicts him. Or as LRH himself so succinctly phrased it: “The only truly therapeutic agent in this universe is the spirit.” Beneath that statement lies the axiomatic truths of Dianetics and Scientology, and a correlative declaration that if one’s physical and emotional health is largely dependent upon one’s spiritual well-being, then drugs become superfluous, except under severe circumstances, e.g., penicillin, insulin or blood coagulants. Conversely, however, and as we have said, if man is seen as but the sum of his chemistry, with emotional stability determined by serotonin levels, then usage is inevitable.
The point is pivotal and actually bears upon the whole of the pharmacy-corporate pitch behind those 43 million American Prozac prescriptions or the truckloads of hypnotics and sedatives supplied to 400,000 German children. We are by nature imperfect beings, says ten billion dollars in pharmaceutical promotion, so let us alter that nature with an alteration of our chemistry. The rub, of course, is an international crisis of drug abuse that is absolutely unique in human history, and arguably rivals the Black Death in terms of cultural waste.
Such is the perspective, then, from which Ron addressed “Drug Addiction” in May of 1969. Also implicit in the message is the utter failure of psychiatry to provide anything more than a chemical straitjacket to problems of the mind, and a cornucopia of drugs for every conceivable mood swing.