About 12 years ago, I was addicted to painkillers. I was a helpless victim of severe migraines, which required large doses of pills, and before I knew it I'd become addicted to them. I worried about what was happening to me, but I didn't know how to end the addiction.
I'd always been easily frightened by all the media publicity regarding diseases and what to do to prevent them, and this had led to my dependence on pills. On my own I'd found it very difficult to find the peace of mind I longed for. Then I started to read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
A change took place in me immediately. The mental freedom was amazing! It was like suddenly being let out of a hole of darkness and fear. I realized I could refuse to believe gloom-and-doom predictions of what would happen if I didn't take this or didn't do that. As I became more peaceful mentally, the inner turbulence and fear that had seemed so powerful gradually lessened and finally disappeared. The sun was suddenly shining and life was once again worth living.