The turning point in giving up drugs

Who couldn't use more light? more clarity in a time of questioning? And if we are in the middle of our own search for light, it sometimes helps to hear the experiences of other "honest seekers for Truth" Science and Health, p.xii. —as they are called by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science. This column records some experiences that may be useful to those who are looking for new answers. The accounts are anonymous in order to give authors the opportunity to talk freely about earlier life styles and attitudes that may have been considerably different from what they now value. Of necessity, the recounting of experiences is telescoped in its time frame, and they do not attempt to tell a complete story. But they do show something of the wide range of seekers and the way in which the light of Christ, Truth, restores, redirects, and regenerates lives.

I was studying all kinds of different philosophies and psychology. I was searching—trying to synthesize all the different things I was studying into some kind of understanding that would inspire me to get a sense of meaning in my life.

I was also using drugs daily—marijuana, cocaine, and some hallucinogenics. I felt: If people can take aspirin and drink coffee and things like that, can there be anything wrong with using drugs to help you feel better or help you have a good time? I felt they put my mind at peace, that I could really think better when I was using them, especially marijuana.

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