THE AWAKENING

The following is one of a series of articles by young people who have in recent years become Christian Scientists. In these articles they explain how they became interested in Christian Science, what convinced them of its utility and truth, and how its teachings have changed their lives.

In my junior year of high school I began using alcohol and drugs—feeling all along this was wrong, though it seemed the "in" thing to do. Many of my friends took both daily, even before classes. We were desperately searching for more peace, happiness, self-confidence, and mental freedom, all of which drugs and alcohol promised. I didn't see, however, the concealed fallacy of those promises, never foresaw the evils resulting from their use: the instability, the self-centeredness, and, most of all, the aftermath of guilt.

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