to be free

IN THE 1970S, when I was in my mid-20s, it hadn't even occurred to me that I could be free of my enslavement to prescription drugs. My addiction felt so real that I couldn't imagine life without it—that is, until I found God through Christian Science.

My addiction began when I was 13 years old, when a family doctor prescribed amphetamines to suppress my appetite. Lonely and insecure, I'd imagined that losing weight would result in popularity and happiness. Yet the anticipated popularity and happiness didn't happen.

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