Why did you stop using drugs and what have become better in your life?

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Re: Why did you stop using drugs and what have become better in your life?

Post by bodom » Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:29 pm

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:34 am
user99 wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:09 am
Is it Good to not be much influensed of a drug?
Hi, this word "Influensed" and "influated" , it is not an English word. I cannot understand your meaning.
Do you mean influenced?
Do you mean "Addicted"?
Or do you mean "Intoxicated" ?
Could be wrong but I believe he means "infatuated".

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Re: Why did you stop using drugs and what have become better in your life?

Post by salayatananirodha » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:33 am

I'm not sure I ever stopped using drugs, but I quit using alcohol last easter, after me mum and I had quite a row. I figured it was one of those things where you'd 'quit' but pick it up after you moved on from how traumatized you were and renewed delight in it, but I converted to buddhism shortly after that, and I've had no problems keeping the precept.
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Re: Why did you stop using drugs and what have become better in your life?

Post by justindesilva » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:26 am

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:34 am
user99 wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:09 am
Is it Good to not be much influensed of a drug?
Hi, this word "Influensed" and "influated" , it is not an English word. I cannot understand your meaning.
Do you mean influenced?
Do you mean "Addicted"?
Or do you mean "Intoxicated" ?
Having being a teetotaller all my life when I was about 35
I got a UNV appointment to South pacific. Part of my asdignment being training youth , one day a youngster refused to work without his tobacco. I got him to work the wholeday without tobocco though he was angry and nasty towards me. He went out angry indicating a no comeback for work attitude. To my surprise he walked in smiling and thanked me for teaching him that he can survive without tobcco. To my surprise he gave up tobacco . This is a good practical lesson in giving up desires may it be tobacco , liquor or drugs.
I think there is a sutta supporting this manner of giving up desires.

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Re: Why did you stop using drugs and what have become better in your life?

Post by SarathW » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:16 am

:goodpost:
justindesilva wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:26 am
JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:34 am
user99 wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:09 am
Is it Good to not be much influensed of a drug?
Hi, this word "Influensed" and "influated" , it is not an English word. I cannot understand your meaning.
Do you mean influenced?
Do you mean "Addicted"?
Or do you mean "Intoxicated" ?
Having being a teetotaller all my life when I was about 35
I got a UNV appointment to South pacific. Part of my asdignment being training youth , one day a youngster refused to work without his tobacco. I got him to work the wholeday without tobocco though he was angry and nasty towards me. He went out angry indicating a no comeback for work attitude. To my surprise he walked in smiling and thanked me for teaching him that he can survive without tobcco. To my surprise he gave up tobacco . This is a good practical lesson in giving up desires may it be tobacco , liquor or drugs.
I think there is a sutta supporting this manner of giving up desires.
:goodpost:
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Re: Why did you stop using drugs and what have become better in your life?

Post by dharmacorps » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:02 pm

I quit alcohol and any other substances for the purposes of intoxication 5 years ago. I stopped because the suffering it was causing me and the people around me.

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Re: Why did you stop using drugs and what have become better in your life?

Post by altar » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:46 pm

My (current) view on drugs is that they can be used essentially if they are coincidental with your situation and are good for your health. I don’t think there’s very much that falls into this category but I try not to be close minded. I do not smoke.

Taken too literally this view might seem too condone the use of hallucinogenics. Many years ago I had a positive experience on shrooms. Nowadays i don’t and wouldn’t take them.

A few nights ago I was with my relatives and we had wine. My uncle refilled my glass and I just left it there.

As far as infatuation... probably it would help if you said more about your circumstance.
If you don’t feel a need for a drug the only question that arises is “am I doing myself harm by not taking this?”
Like in the winter I take a lot more hot showers because it is good for me.

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