HOW DO DRUGS AFFECT THE MIND?
The data in this newsletter is based on the revolutionary concepts about the mind from the book Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard. It forms the basis of the highly successful drug rehabilitation technology used by Narconon programs the world over.
The first thing to take up is "what are the contents of the mind"? Pictures. This is what all minds consist of. Pictures. For example, think of a time you were at the beach. You got a picture of the beach, right? Or maybe the friends you were with. Or of the picnic lunch you brought. But whatever it was, it was a picture. Think of a cat. What did you see? A picture of a cat. It could have been any cat. One you owned or one you just made up. But what was looked at was a PICTURE of a cat, or at least a general impression of a cat.
Your pictures are yours, very personally. The collection in your mind is like no one else's. But all minds do share this one characteristic. No matter what they are of, what is in the mind are pictures. They are not like snapshots as much as they are like feature films. While you were at the beach, for example, the mind was recording the whole episode. You have a picture of you riding a wave or chasing a frisbee. It's "stop action," so you can see it in motion or just look at one frame at a time. Nonetheless, it's still a picture.
"The pain is all in your head." How many times have you heard that one? You complain of a pain in some part of your body, and the first thing you are told is that it's all in you head." With a slight twist, nothing could be more accurate. Physical pain is in the head (assuming, of course that "in the head" means the mind). You get an injury. The pain is coming from the wound. But it's the mind that is recording the impulses. If the recording centers in the mind were cut off, the pain would not be felt no matter how badly you were hurt.
Emotional pain is definitely in the mind. It's one's mind that records what one is feeling and perceiving about life and one's environment.
Of course, when someone says "it's all in your head" what he usually means is that the pain has no source other than your mind. In other words, that there is no medical reason you should be feeling pain.
But that "all in your head" cliche is very overworked. Even when pain seems to be without a source other than "your head," it's as real as any other pain.
It is also, in your head, where drugs do much of their work. Relieving pain is done here. More than just pain relievers do their work here, though. Nearly all drugs have their effects on the brain and on the mind.
Stress-easing drugs calm the mind. Recreationals make the mind feel light and floaty. Even the uppers, while adjusting the body, also stimulate the activity centers in your head. When a drug changes the way you feel, it is all recorded in the mind.
There are exceptions. There are antibiotics and vaccines, too. There are also local anesthetics that numb the nerves at the site of the pain so that it never gets to the mind. But, for the most part, it's the mind that gets the brunt of the drug's attack, and this is what concerns us. The effects and damage here could be the most important of anything drug education could teach.