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Brain Feeling Better! 14 months

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Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to shoot you all a quick update, it's been a while since I've posted anything. I know a lot of people come to this site for information about recovery timelines (including a bunch of lurkers who never post anything) so I thought I'd contribute some recent developments regarding my recovery.

Stats: 5'5'', Female, abusing up to 200 mgs daily for 7 years, 24 years old and 120 lbs when I quit, minimal exercise throughout recovery process and a pretty unhealthy diet.

I just passed the 14 month mark, and I just wanted to let you all know that I'm still feeling cognitive improvements. I thought that I'd "back to normal" by the year mark, but I'm still feeling better every day. I feel 85 percent back to "normal" at this point, hoping that exercise and spinach will push me to 100 percent by month 18 but who knows. I will say that my exercise routine and diet have been awful recently, and I might be further along in the brain-healing process had I been more vigilant about healthy habits early on. It is what it is, though. I plan on making both more of a priority from here on out!

The big development these past few months is that I feel like my emotions have finally started to regulate themselves. I no longer have mood swings! I have a really good idea what my emotional baseline is, and am finally able to accurately identify feelings and their causes. I felt physically back to normal around month 7, but this emotional acuity is new!

I just love you all. I've browsed this forum every week for the past 14 months and have really come to depend on you all and the stories you share. Never doubt that you're helping people because you've truly been an integral part of saving my life, all of you. What a fucking beautiful day to be clean. <3

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Hi dear, was lovely to hear your post. I am almost a year clean now as well.: and was wondering how much weight you gained? I gained about 20 lbs. 5'5 120 to 140.. although I know I do have quite a lot of muscle as I continued to teach yoga a lot after I quit.. thank you so much for your story.. if you ever want to check in and talk I'm totally here this site has been a blessing.. I was really tempted to go back on to meds until a I found these types of sites thank you for sharing your story!

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Congrats on 14 months! It was definitely a milestone for me. Now you can focus on improving your life and enjoying things again. You are out of the hell that is early recovery but you still have to pick up some pieces leftiver from the addiction days. I am exercising regularly now and I have some natural drive to accomplish things again. At 18 months I really am not looking back much which is a great feeling. You will be here soon and feeling much better. Keep kickin ass!

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@Zoe I find yoga to be a great recovery asset.  I started practicing yoga about one year after quitting and five years later I am still a yogi-at least once a week. 

@Danquit Eighteen months already?  Congrats and good to hear from you.

@Cheeri0 Congratulations for 14 months of abstinence and recovery!  Thanks for the update.

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