Neildeni

22 years old addicted to adderall and marajuana

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Ive been addicted to weed for over two years, using it every day and night to self medicate for all the wrong reasons. It started as something fun to do with friends, and then it only became something I did by myself isolated and alone. I used it to literally cope with any problem I had in my life and put away any bad problems that came about. Whenever I ran out of weed I would feel uneasy and felt the need to buy more immediately. There came a point last school semester when I decided to stop smoking weed because my grades were not good, I was lazy, and my parents were disappointed. I knew deep down it was ruining me, this brought on a whole new set of issues for me. I stopped for 30 days, but around the second week of quitting I was having trouble learning in my classes and I literally convinced myself that I had ADHD, I don't know how but I did, from my extremely addictive personality I think and I put off any idea with this trouble from concentrating and learning from the withdrawl of marajuana and placed the blame on ADHD. I ended up taking the quotient test and manipulating it to make it seem as I had ADHD, and the doctors believed me and SOMEHOW I still actually believed with myself I had ADHD and that this test was unreliable and I had to manipulate it or nobody would ever think I had ADHD. This is when the real hell begun, when I got my adderall prescription. I started taking adderall on a daily basis and my smoking started up again, even heavier than before. I started on 5mg adderall, up to 10, to 20, and then to 30mg for a period of about two months. At nights I would sit and look at myself in the mirror and cry because I felt so empty and worthless inside. I knew something had to change but I still couldn't convince myself that I had an actual problem because plenty of people take adderall, and alot of those people don't actually have adhd right? I continued with this severe depression thinking that I would come out of it somehow but I didn't. That when I decided it had to be from the drugs, I started researching and read a quote that really hit me hard and it was "I do believe, however, that THINKING you need it is the same thing as actually needing it. That's how much power our beliefs have over our realities." And this described me to a tee. I had been lying to myself this whole time and it was time for me to be honest to myself. I have an extremely addictive personality with everything that I do from working out, to video games when I was younger, to drugs. I have a disease and I have had it my entire life and I know that if I don't get control of it now it will destroy me. I haven't smoked weed for 10 days now and I am down to taking just 7.5mg of adderall a day after tapering down the past two weeks. Even this morning when I took that 7.5mg of adderall it scares me how much pleasure I get from just swallowing the pills before they even kick in. It feels I'm that much closer to upping my dose back up. I am now stuck in this problem with having to succeed in my classes and deal with this period of trying to get off of these drugs. I am not afriad that I will relapse on weed, But I am afriad that my grades will suffer and my parents will become even more disappointed with me if I don't succeed in my classes and I feel I need the adderall to do this especially with the temporary loss of cognitive functioning that stopping weed will bring me, along with the lowering dose of the adderall. These past two weeks have been absolute hell as I believe my brain is trying to get back to equilibrium. Any advice on what you all think I should do would be greatly appreciated. Thanks..

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hi Neildeni,

first of all, welcome to the forums! you're in the right place, and it sounds like you're fairly early on into adderall addiction. NOW is the time to nip this thing in the bud (no pun intended lol). as a lifelong weed smoker myself, i absolutely relate to the marijuana addiction and how easy it is to fall into habitual use. in fact, it's getting easier and easier now with vape pens, THC cartridges and many states are now legalizing recreational use. i've always admired those people that can use it for energy, writing, creativity, etc. for me, it has always just been a numbing agent.

not that a marijuana addiction isn't a serious problem.. but the adderall one is WAY MORE DANGEROUS, especially when you start convincing yourself that you "need it" for your condition. many people here have strong opinions on whether adult ADHD is even a legitimate condition, but that aside, know that most people will receive a performance boost from adderall, because it is literally just pharmaceutical speed.

17 minutes ago, Neildeni said:

I feel I need the adderall to do this especially with the temporary loss of cognitive functioning that stopping weed will bring me, along with the lowering dose of the adderall.

yes, but consider that continuing to take the adderall will also make you dependent on it, because stopping it will feel 1000x worse than a temporary loss of cognition from ceasing marijuana.

i definitely understand the desire to please your parents and not feel like a disappointment to them... but adderall is not the answer. it will make things WAY worse if you continue down this path. perhaps you can consider taking a semester or two off? get an internship or a job and maybe explore some interests. maybe you're performance is low because you're simply not interested in those subjects?

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On 10/24/2018 at 1:42 PM, sleepystupid said:

hi Neildeni,

first of all, welcome to the forums! you're in the right place, and it sounds like you're fairly early on into adderall addiction. NOW is the time to nip this thing in the bud (no pun intended lol). as a lifelong weed smoker myself, i absolutely relate to the marijuana addiction and how easy it is to fall into habitual use. in fact, it's getting easier and easier now with vape pens, THC cartridges and many states are now legalizing recreational use. i've always admired those people that can use it for energy, writing, creativity, etc. for me, it has always just been a numbing agent.

not that a marijuana addiction isn't a serious problem.. but the adderall one is WAY MORE DANGEROUS, especially when you start convincing yourself that you "need it" for your condition. many people here have strong opinions on whether adult ADHD is even a legitimate condition, but that aside, know that most people will receive a performance boost from adderall, because it is literally just pharmaceutical speed.

yes, but consider that continuing to take the adderall will also make you dependent on it, because stopping it will feel 1000x worse than a temporary loss of cognition from ceasing marijuana.

i definitely understand the desire to please your parents and not feel like a disappointment to them... but adderall is not the answer. it will make things WAY worse if you continue down this path. perhaps you can consider taking a semester or two off? get an internship or a job and maybe explore some interests. maybe you're performance is low because you're simply not interested in those subjects?

Hey sleepy, thank you for the response. I read it when you first replied but never got the chance to say thanks. I have been able to stay completely clean from the adderall ever since posting that until just one week ago. I thought to myself taking one pill wouldn't hurt because it had been so long and that it wouldn't do much damage to myself. I was so wrong, this past week has been so terrible I feel like I opened back up the flood gates from taking that one single pill. I was doing so good with the recovery and it took over three months of hell for me to even feel somewhat normal again, I just really hope I don't have to go through that same time frame again from one dumb decision. I had hundreds of pills that I flushed down the toilet right after this incident because I guess one pill is still considered a relapse and I just can't do that again. My other problem is that I had lied to my parents about this situation and I still have to go to the doctor for appointments and I have prescriptions coming in on the monthly. I can't just stop going to the doctor because my parents would wonder why, and if I told them I had lied to them about all this they may stop supporting me while I am at college. I wish to god I never took that first pill, this has by far been the darkest year of my life and it feels like it's never going to end.

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hi Neil,

it's great to hear back from you! first of all, major props on 3 months. that's huge!! and even MORE props for flushing those remaining pills!!!

"opening up the flood gates" is precisely what happens during a relapse. even with a single pill, it opens up reward pathways that have been closed up from abstaining. it's like reminding your body how easy it can be to receive pleasure. if i understand correctly, you've only taken 1 pill though? don't sweat it - this will not erase your 3 months of effort. you'll feel some discomfort, and it will be on your mind for a couple of weeks, but overall negligible.

it sounds like your bigger problem is the parents / doctor thing. so you lied to your parents about stopping Adderall? one would think they'd be on-board with this, but it wouldn't be hard to educate them on the dangers of stimulant medication in general. obviously the best outcome here is getting them on-board with your decision, but at the least, you don't have to lie to your doctor. assuming your not a minor (cause you're in college?), your doctor cannot discuss your care or treatment plan with your parents without your consent. tell your doctor you're done with stimulants. even better - admit to your addictive personality so he/she never prescribes it againcut the supply off. you can continue to see your doctor, and if your parents ask about the medication, you can tell them your doctor decided to take you off it.

this is your life - not your parents. this is the right decision and you know it. gl and keep us posted (:

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Sounds like you have already made some great progress

1. You have recognised at 22yo that you have issues around addiction. Having this self awareness may make you less inclined to attempt other behaviours/ substances in the future as you are aware of the consequences. Unfortunately I didn’t recognise this until I was 36 and have made some pretty stupid decisions that I wished I’d learned earlier on.

2. You have taken a huge leap and flushed those pills! That takes real strength and courage which a lot of people lack.

3. You have already quit weed/ adderall in the past which only goes to prove that you can do this again! 

4. Relapse doesn’t = failure. Most of the legends on this forum who have remained clean for yrs, experienced relapses whilst in the early stages of quitting.

Re: weed, do you find Adderall induced insomnia to be one of your main reasons  for smoking weed? You may find you don’t really need it once you stop Adderall. 

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