Psychoactive drugs and alcohol have two major effects on the soul/body interface. The first and most obvious effect is that they produce an altered state of consciousness. This in turn diminishes the soul’s ability to protect the body from psychic attack in the same way an inebriated person would find it more difficult to fight off a thug in a dark alley. If the soul is evolved, and the use of the intoxicant is not chronic, then even if the brain becomes temporarily unconscious the soul and its auric defenses will remain strong enough to protect the body against attack by earthbound spirits.
But each attack takes its toll on the aura and damage can accumulate over time. If the use of the drug or alcohol has become chronic, then inattentiveness on the part of the soul allows the damage to the aura to become more pronounced over time. Thus, with its integument weakened, the body inebriated and the unprotected soul no longer able to fight off attack, the body is left in a vulnerable state. What ensues may be a prolonged infection of the person’s natural spiritual envelope as well as the beginnings of the degradation of the soul itself. Therefore chronic drug and alcohol use makes people very susceptible to spirit obsession or possession.
The second effect of drugs and alcohol is addiction. Addiction to virtually anything (Alcohol, Drugs, Sex and Gambling are the four biggies) is more than just a physical phenomenon. These addictions are serious spiritual afflictions. Not only is the body’s aura damaged, but the addiction eats away at the soul and causes it to become degraded.
As I have already mentioned, people who die with their addictions intact retain them even after their deaths. A dead drug addict whose spirit can never get its fix may remain an earthbound soul indefinitely stuck in a time loop, always longing for another fix, but never able to attain one. Remember that for most spirits stuck on the transitional plane, every day is “Groundhog Day”. Dr. Wickland offers a number of very poignant examples of how drug addiction remains a very serious problem for souls after the death of the body.
This is not to say that a person can never recover from an addiction. If one is able to overcome the addiction and reform his or her life, the soul and its auric defenses can heal over time leaving that person in good spiritual shape.