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Mental and Spiritual Factors

The Purification program addresses the biochemical aspect of drugs and toxins. From a personal standpoint however, there are other factors to consider, mental and spiritual ones.

L. Ron Hubbard solved the mental and spiritual harm that drugs do with a series of actions comprising what is called the "Drug Rundown." A rundown designates a series of related actions in Scientology which culminate in a specific end result. In this case, the Drug Rundown consists of the auditing processes and actions necessary to free an individual from the damaging mental and spiritual effects of drugs. The Drug Rundown is delivered in churches and missions by highly trained auditors.

These books cover in detail the technology and exact procedures of the Purification program, including a full textbook, an illustrated booklet and a manual to guide one’s progress step by step through the program.

A person who has been on drugs often becomes disassociated from the world around him or even his physical self, as evidenced by the neglect many drug takers show for their hygiene, dress, health, job, friends and family, etc.

The reason is that, among other things, drugs dull a person’s communication. This is most directly observed in the action of painkillers which shut off the person’s feeling of pain, but it occurs with the use of other drugs as well. Emotions are suppressed with drug use, and perceptions become altered or shut off. A person often becomes less aware of things and people around him and so becomes less considerate and responsible, less active, less capable and less bright. The person factually becomes less conscious of what is happening in the present. One does not have to have been a heavy narcotics addict to experience a lessening of alertness, fogginess or other effects as a result of drug use.

Drugs do something else too: They stick a person’s attention at points in his past. Mental image pictures restimulated from the reactive mind appear in the visions of hallucinations a person sees while on certain drugs. Attention often becomes stuck in these pictures after the drug has worn off, with the cumulative effect of the person not feeling "with it" or not feeling in present time.

This can be dangerous to the person himself and to others, as seen in the number of drug-related automobile accidents that occur, to say nothing of less serious accidents or goofs that happen because a person is unaware of what is going on around him. Drug use makes a person less alert mentally, can harm memory and has a host of other effects on attitudes and behavior – all residual consequences of the drugs, which persist indefinitely unless audited.

The spiritual effects of drug use can also be devastating. In the late 1960s, L. Ron Hubbard discovered that a person who had been heavily on drugs was not able to make spiritual gains from auditing. This condition had not been encountered earlier in his researches, as drugs had not yet encroached so deeply into society. But it became more and more prevalent and required a solution, as drugs now represented an increasingly serious block to self-betterment efforts.

The reason drugs are so harmful spiritually is because they can badly scramble the energy contained in the mind, disorienting and confusing the person. His awareness often diminishes and his capabilities of dealing with the energies and masses of reality become less. A person affected by drugs is less able to control the things in his environment and, despite whatever subjective feelings he may have to the contrary, he becomes less powerful and less able.

While on drugs, the pictures in the reactive mind can violently turn on, overwhelming the being and making him afraid to confront anything in the reactive mind thereafter. As a result, the person is stopped dead from any mental or spiritual gain.

Through the different auditing processes and drills of the Drug Rundown, a person is first brought to new awarenesses of his environment and the world around him. This has the effect of unsticking him from points in his past and brings him more into present time.

This is a very important factor in mental and spiritual ability. The more a person can exist in the present without his attention stuck in past incidents, the better able he is to deal with his life. He feels brighter, has increased perception, is better able to control himself and the things in his environment, and becomes more able to deal with others.


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