This question may belong in a different category. I'm not sure, but since it kind of revolves around making an ethical decision i'll put it here.
Ok, so I am going back to college. This means mountains of paperwork and late nights studying and reading.
In my background I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder when I was a child. I have been into my Buddhist and meditation practice for about 3 years strong now.
I do not currently take any medication for my ADD, but i'm debating taking it for school because it does help me a lot.
Here is the ethical conundrum though.
I have gotten to a point in my practice where I can get into some pretty intense concentration. It's 10x better than when I even take medication and it even seems to last as long. This is great for me, and I really love that I don't need the medication. I can do it any given day but it takes a solid days practice of 3+ hours of meditation and quietness to achieve such concentration.
When I start college again, I simply won't have the opportunity to meditate like this.
On the other side of the coin is the medication. Anyone who has dealt with ADHD understands that these medications are amphetamine based or similar and have their drawbacks.
I'm just looking for some advice or thoughts, or even opinions on the subject because I am working really hard to keep my practice on my precepts.
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah