Why One Should Stay Away From Consuming Intoxicants
There are many intoxicants in the market. I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you of that or point that out. In fact, there are so many ways to get intoxicated. I’m not just talking about beer, rum, whiskey and the usual alcohol containing suspects.
There are many other products that are perfectly legal in the United States that you can use to get intoxicated. You can drink cava. You can smoke marijuana in a number of growing states for medicinal or non-medicinal purposes. You can also smoke cigarettes.
A lot of people are saying that nicotine is not really an intoxicant. I suspect the people who are saying this or making this claim haven’t smoked a cigarette in their lives. Believe me. I used to smoke 2 packs a day. I know what I’m talking about.
And one the things that I really look forward to after a heavy meal is a nice smoke. The more nicotine in the smoke, the more I felt that my meal was really worth it and was really fulfilling. To that extent, one could say that nicotine is actually worse than the typical intoxicant because you get intoxicated on many levels.
You feel that your food is really fulfilling because of the smoke you had and you get this in addition to the rush that the nicotine creates in your body because your heart is pumping blood more frantically. Remember, nicotine constricts your blood vessels. It increases blood pressure.
If you have hypertension, it would probably be a smart thing to stay away from cigarettes. I say this with the full understanding that you also know the cancer consequences of cigarettes.
With all that said, here are just at least 3 reasons why you should stay away from consuming intoxicants.
It’s all about control
The real reason why people take intoxicants is they feel that they’re not happy enough. Take the case of smoking. You just had a nice meal. Maybe you just had a real authentic, thin crust New York style pizza with amazing cheese.
Most people would celebrate that. Most people would think that ‘s an awesome thing and most people would think that that is an experience in of itself and there’s really not much you can do to add to it. It’s a great feast and a lot of it happened in your mouth. It’s awesome. It’s a flavor explosion. What’s not to love?
Well, the problem is a lot of people think that it’s not really complete until they have a smoke afterwards. It’s the smoke that celebrates the meal. It makes it complete. It’s a ritual. Well, that’s the problem with intoxicants.
You’re basically taking the responsibility away from yourself to truly feel content. When you place that responsibility on a substance people or situations you can’t control, you have truly become miserable. How come?
It’s only a matter of time until you can’t get access to that item or person or situation. What happens then? You are at their mercy. And the worst part to all of this is you did it to yourself. It is like an artificial form of misery that is completely optional and consensual.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Going to a concert, regardless of the act, is an amazing thing in of itself. You don’t have to get drunk. You don’t have to smoke marijuana. You don’t have to take ecstasy. You don’t have to take anything.
Seeing the electricity in the crowd as the performer gives out positive vibes, everybody gets into the music and people love the sounds. There’s a tremendous amount of positive vibrations going on all around and it’s kind of like a cascading effect.
You don’t need drugs to amplify that. Ultimately, if you think you need that, then you lose control because you crave that. And the problem is nobody can give that to you because it’s locked in a substance or situation or people that you can’t control.
I know that the D word is not all that popular in the United States and western Europe nowadays. But let’s get real here. If you want to be successful in any venture or endeavor in your life, you have to be disciplined.
Simply keeping your job requires discipline, believe it or not because ultimately, if you keep showing up late, your boss will have no other option but to fire you. That’s the bottom line.
The same applies to your relationships. If you don’t have the discipline to just shut up and let the other person talk or rant or even worse, just say all sorts of nasty stuff, then your relationship is going to be very rocky.
It’s basically both of you slamming each other down emotionally just to get the respect that you think both of you deserve. Somebody has to be the adult. And let’s face it, unless you decide it’s you, it’s probably not going to be your partner. That’s usually how it works out.
So do yourself a big favor and avoid intoxicants. When you do that, it may seem simple. But it actually can go quite far as far as building up your internal reserve of discipline.
Let’s put it this way. If you used to smoke 2 packs a day and you can get it down to 1 pack a day and then half a pack and then 0 smokes, that’s a victory. You’re not just declaiming victory because now you have a stronger chance of not coming down with cancer.
That’s a big thing. But you need to think bigger. It means that if you can quit the cancer sticks, what else can you quit in your life? Can you quit gossiping? Can you quit thinking negatively? Can you quit bitching and moaning? Can you quit being automatically being irritated by a certain type of person?
There’s just so many ways you can apply this across your life and this can lead to victory after victory. But for this to happen, you have to step up. You have to make it apply. This requires choice. This requires dedication. This also require commitment.
Let’s face it. A lot of life changing decisions in our lives can only have an impact if we keep at it. In other words, those changes don’t happen over night. It often involves getting up, crashing and failing, getting up again, crashing and failing again.
But when you keep it up, you get used to the rhythm and you stay up for longer. And before you know it, you’re no longer crashing. You’re no longer getting slapped down. You’re no longer facing a challenge or an unforeseen event.
Instead, you see the wide open road of your life in front of you. Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that something worth looking forward to. So do yourself a big favor. Look at the things you’ve grown accustomed to or even addicted to into your life.
Start skipping them. Sure, you may think that cheese intoxicates you or burgers or over eating. Start with those. Start with the basics and then move up to nicotine, alcohol, drugs, intoxicating emotional entanglements, whatever forms those take, addiction to pornography. Before you know it, you become a more powerful person. How come?
You start retaking ownership of your life. You’re no longer dependent on things, people, situations and ideas outside of you. That is real power because if you can reclaim that power, everything becomes possible.
You may get a better job. You may start looking for a better job. You might gun for better promotions. You might look for better partners. These are people who would give you the respect you deserve. Do you see how this works?
It all begins with you. It all begins with a decision. It all begins with the commitment to get rid of intoxicants that transport you into a place that you ultimately can not control. That is the worst form of personal prison I can think of.