Drug use is the release of energy through destruction of nerve cells. It’s like stripmining. It takes thousands and millions of lifetimes to accrue the “coal,” yet only seconds to destroy it for some temporary fire.
Meditation/Prayer is the build up of energy and enjoyment of it as it builds. It’s like setting up solar panels that give your home energy now and at the same time store excess energy into batteries. It is a constant source.
Drug use is the attainment of value through a metaphysical credit card. The more you use, the more debt you accrue, and the longer you use it, the more interest against that will accrue against you. The credit card charges to an outside lender, who seeks to keep you in the maximum amount of debt – within the limits of keeping you alive/solvent. It is a parasitic relationship. Parasites do not seek to kill their host (though this often happens) but to use their host to the extreme.
Meditation/Prayer is the earning of value and enjoying part of that value as it gets stored in a metaphysical high-interest mutual fund. The value gets spread out into society into countless “stocks” which are sure bread-winners. Each company shares their profit with you, and your value and number of stocks increase exponentially. Your relationship wth the companies is symbiotic and mutually beneficial.