To repeat: “The drug personality does exist. It is artificial and caused by drugs.” By the same token, however, a Dutch physician, now dedicated to Amsterdam’s Narconon center, describes such a pronounced change in patients beyond the detoxification program “that I sometimes think I have made a mistake and am not sitting opposite a former heroin addict.” Nor is the statement unique. So pronounced is the sheer physical change after two to three weeks—improved skin tone and eye clarity in particular—that Los Angeles parents tell of scarcely recognizing previously addicted sons and daughters. Then again, there is all that follows from the succeeding steps of the Narconon program, and it is probably best expressed by a graduate of the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center in Oklahoma: “I am not only reacquainted with life, but reacquainted with myself.”
What such a statement finally represents to the whole of this twentieth-century crisis—to what amounts to a $100 billion fix—is, frankly, solely dependent upon how rapidly and broadly LRH rehabilitation methods can be utilized. For however else one conceives of the problem, here is the bottom line: At least half of those longtime users entering the Narconon program have previously sought treatment in any number of state and private clinics. Some were temporarily successful; others, employing psychiatric replacement drugs, only compounded the problem. In either case, when speaking of L. Ron Hubbard, they will frequently describe him as the best friend they have ever known. And if you were to challenge the sentiment, they will ask—generally with some vehemence—have you any conception of how it feels to be saved from a twenty-year habit?