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Important Note

In doing this course, be very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand. The only reason a person gives up a study or becomes confused or unable to learn is because he has gone past a word he did not understand. More

Important Note

In doing this course, be very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand. The only reason a person gives up a study or becomes confused or unable to learn is because he has gone past a word he did not understand.

The confusion or inability to understand or learn comes AFTER a word you did not know the meaning of. It might not only be the new and unusual words that you did not understand.

One of the most important facts in the whole subject of study is that you must never go past a word that you do not understand.

In every subject that you took up and then left incomplete, you will find that there were words that you read but you did not know what they meant.

So while doing this course be very, very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand.

If what you are studying becomes confusing or you can’t seem to understand it, there will be a WORD just earlier that you have not understood.

Don’t go any further, but go back to BEFORE you got into trouble and find the word you did not fully understand. Wherever you see a word that is underlined, you can click on it and it will immediately give you the meaning of that word.

As you go through the course, you can also click on the menu at the top of each course page where it says “Glossary” (which is a list of words and what they mean) and it will take you to a list of words used in the course and give you the meaning of each.

If you cannot find the word you are looking for listed in the glossary, get a simple dictionary and look up its meaning there.

Welcome to the Answers to Drugs Online Course

There is almost no one today who has not been affected by drugs. Millions of people have used and continue to use them. Even a person who has never taken a drug has probably known someone who did. It might be a family member or a friend. It might be a complete stranger whose drug use led to death on a highway.

Drugs lead to unhappiness and failure. They bring crime and violence. They break up families and waste lives.

L. Ron Hubbard decided to solve this problem.

Until Mr. Hubbard developed a workable drug rehabilitation program, there was no solution. There was nothing that made it possible for someone to get off drugs, stay off drugs and get his or her life back.

Mr. Hubbard’s program provides a solution that works. It is without doubt the most effective program in the world.

Today, for the first time, those with a drug problem can face life with new energy and hope. This chapter contains some of the basic principles of this program and provides the first real understanding of a problem that affects us all.

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Why People Take Drugs

People have used drugs for as long as they have tried to ease pain and avoid problems. Before the middle of the last century, however, most people did not use drugs. Starting in the early 1960s, this changed. Today, millions of people in all parts of the world take drugs.

A drug is something people take into their bodies that causes harm to the body but is used by them in an attempt to lessen pain or worry, to produce pleasurable feelings or to improve their performance at an activity.

Examples of drugs include heroin, cocaine and marijuana. Alcohol is also a drug.

There are also many drugs which are prescribed by doctors as medicine for their patients. These are known as medical drugs, also called medicinal drugs.

There are thousands of names and slang words for drugs.

Drugs may, and often do, become habit-forming. The person is no longer able not to take them.

Even if he does stop, however, the problems do not end at that point. The effects of drug-taking over a long time can make a person weak and damage him physically (to do with the body) and mentally (to do with the mind).

Even someone who has not taken drugs for years has blank periods. A blank period is an amount of time when someone has a complete lack of awareness, memory or understanding of what is happening around him, as if his mind is empty. For example, he may be driving on a highway. Suddenly and unexpectedly his attention wanders and for a few moments he is no longer in control of the car because his attention is not on his driving. The result can be an accident. Many accidents happen because a person has been taking drugs.

Drugs can harm a person’s ability to put his attention on something, which means he cannot work properly and finds it hard to learn.

The result of this can destroy someone’s life.

If drugs have all these bad effects, why do people continue to take them?

It happens this way. When a person is in pain or unhappy and he receives no relief (easing or lessening of pain) from treatment, he finds that drugs give him relief. For a while, the drugs seem to remove his pain or make him feel better.

However, to keep this good effect going, the person has to continue taking the drug. Soon he needs more and more of it. Eventually, he will stop making any effort to resist taking the drug. He will become dependent on it. Often he will become addicted, which means that he is completely unable to stop taking it.

Nobody wants to become a drug addict. If the person had known, years earlier, that there was any other way to ease his pain or unhappiness, he would have taken that path. But often people are told that there is no cure and that their pains are imaginary. Life can become too unpleasant to put up with. Often the person then becomes a habitual drug-taker.

The person’s problem that caused him to start taking drugs may only have been “sadness” or “tiredness.” Anything that brings relief or makes life easier to deal with, physically or mentally, will then be welcome. But the ability to face life is always reduced.

The person who takes drugs and is suffering from pain and hopelessness continues to take drugs. Though he doesn’t want to be an addict, he doesn’t feel that there is any other way out.

However, drug dependency can be fully handled.

As soon as he can feel healthier and more able to deal with life without drugs than he does on drugs, a person no longer requires them.

Scientology contains an exact technology (application of knowledge to a practical purpose) which gets a person painlessly off drugs and frees him from their bad physical and mental effects.

This technology finds and deals with the reason a person started on drugs in the first place, so he never again feels a need to take them.

Drugs prevent people from achieving mental and spiritual improvement, which is the true mission of Scientology.

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