So here's the thing: I have a character that is suffering major trauma (he hallucinates and suffers terribly from the effects of fear), but he gets on a 'magic' cure that changes him to well adjusted immediately (the issue is that the cure isn't something he takes, it's a form of meditation). The thing is, is that the cure has a secret to it that'll break him once he finds out the truth behind it, but that isn't until MUUUUCH later. I'm concerned about turning off readers if I 'fix' my character (who up until this point is a broken wreck) with this method (even though this method is integral to the overall narrative, integral NOT in that it fixes him (though it does), it's in that it becomes something personally valuable to him only to break him when he realizes the dark secret behind it). The issue is that he comes to 'revere' that method so to speak, I open several chapters with him in meditation. The problem is that I'm planning more than one story, and that 'dark' aspect isn't revealed in the first (although readers are clued in every now and then that something's up (it alters his emotions noticeably)). One character later on in the story will even warn him that it's not something to be taken lightly. This 'cure' is critical to the overall story but I'm concerned about how readers will react when they've seen this utterly broken character who essentially 180's in less than a day (this meditation is a form of communion with a 'higher being', it first establishes contact with him by actually speaking to him).