( Originally Published 1934 )
Again the fact that such a thing as a common foundation of disease exists is invariably proven to be present in the cases of these poor, unfortunate drug addicts. The writer has as yet failed to find one such addict who did not have a decidedly marked common foundation of disease. That these people are the sufferers of innumerable disturbing complaints is quickly apparent to the observer. They have had a bad common foundation of disease for a long time. As a rule, they have suffered from various ailments and complaints which were due to this common foundation of disease, and have never been able to obtain real or complete relief. In time their nerves were shattered by the constant gnawing of this common foundation of disease on their principal nerve centers of sensation. The sedative action of narcotics was their only hope, which they ultimately resorted to. To properly cure them, their common foundation of disease should be eliminated and restored by a common foundation of good health.
The most difficult factor to contend with in attempting to cure these addicts is the evident lack of will power.
Their will powers seem lost. The therapy of this system, when persisted in, seems to strengthen their powers of willing; their will power is thus strengthened gradually by this therapy until it reaches a point where they are enabled to help themselves.