Los Angeles, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 06, 2011
When Leonard Collins found Scientology, encounters with the drug Ecstasy (MDMA) had flattened him, leaving him lethargic, burned out and depressed. What had started as “fun” ended up as a nightmare.
“I’d done so many street drugs I couldn’t see straight,” says Collins. “I couldn’t even hold down a job.”
In 2002, Collins met a man who had it together—he was smart, hard-working, sensible, and he seemed to have answers to problems people agonized over.
“One day I asked him, ‘How come you’re so smart?’” says Collins. “A few days later he came over and tossed a Dianetics book on my lap. I read the book and it explained what I’d been going through.”
The turning point for Collins came from another L. Ron Hubbard book—Self Analysis.
“I used the procedures in the book,” he says, “and my memory, which had been scrambled by the drugs, suddenly came back to me. I felt great.”
Collins stopped squandering his money on drugs. He got back to work, making shade sails—stylish awnings and canopies made of sail fabric. In 2006 he established his own company, which designs, engineers and installs shade sails at homes and businesses. The company has expanded 400 percent over the past two years.
Collins and his wife Serena, 26, a second-generation Scientologist, have two children—William, five, and 18-month-old Elizabeth.
“William is a lot like me,” says Collins. “He’s energetic and strong, and when he makes up his mind to do something, nothing stops him.”
Collins’ relationship with his parents is the best it has ever been.
“When I was growing up, I couldn’t understand them or talk to them at all,” he says. “They were pretty worried about me—with good reason. I think they are surprised at how well I turned out—they thought it would take a miracle. And in a way, they were right—the miracle was Scientology.”
View the Leonard Collins video at Scientology.org.