“As soon as an addict can feel healthier and more competent mentally and physically without drugs than he does on drugs, he ceases to require drugs.”
With the initial utilization of L. Ron Hubbard’s drug rehabilitation procedures in Scientology organizations worldwide came a substantial and immediate interest from those well beyond the ranks of Scientology. Eventually, of course, that interest sparked the world’s most extensive standardized rehabilitation program under the Narconon banner, and impacted quite seriously within the scientific community, inspiring much in the way of subsidiary study. In what amounts to a statement of policy as regards the role of Scientology in the eradication of drugs comes Ron’s “Drug Problems” from September of 1969.
That he felt a need to underscore the crises is significant. For notwithstanding all that marked 1969 in the way of recreational drug use, the problem had still been perceived as relatively insignificant, primarily a question of how best to ignore or enforce the restrictions on marijuana possession. That he further felt it necessary to underscore the psychiatric factor in the larger equation of drug abuse is also highly significant; for only in the last ten years has evidence finally surfaced regarding just how closely psychiatry is linked to that $700 billion in worldwide pharmaceutical sales.