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  1. Can't Believe it Happened to Me

    Wow... I'm not one of them but I just want to say there are some awesome writers on this site.... and they're writing this beautifully without fucking adderall. The support of this fellowship we have on this online forum gives me goosebumps sometimes. I feel just as connected to you folks as the people I sit with in the rooms of NA
  2. Same here, it seems so weird that I use to pair Caffeine with adderall all day long to intensify the effects and get some euphoric feeling...but now when I have just coffee, or red bull I get super anxious. I used to chew up an adderall on the golf course and chase it with a 5hour energy and thought I felt awesome. A few months ago I had just a 5hour energy, obviously not paired with adderall and I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Lately I only drink tea, 1/2 black tea and 1/2 green tea but I'm considering just completely eliminating caffeine from diet.
  3. 10 Months Adderall Free

    I was unhappy in so many ways. My "rock bottom" was several things; the realization that I was isolating myself from family and friends. The cycle of using my script in a 2 week span and then being consumed with how I was going to find more on the street. I was OCD about counting the pills in my pocket and in my bottle and looking at the calendar trying to see how long I'd be good for. I got so sick of manipulating doctors and changing dosages just to get a refill early because I was out. I also realized it was unsustainable for my body and mind; I was losing my mind and having anxiety all the time. Plus several times I stayed awake for a few days at a time and kept taking adderalls and redbull. The body and heart cannot handle this drug long term. I knew it was going to kill me if I kept taking it. One is too many and 1,000 is never enough
  4. When other people notice...

    Gratitude is a powerful tool. Sometimes a little time passes and I get a little complacent and forget how far I came. But you're right, when I think back to the road I was going down and where I'm at now there is sooo much to be thankful for. And I agree, being able connect with people and be engaged in real/deep conversations feels great. I was so isolated from everyone including my wife, family and coworkers and now I love people again. Its still a process but recently people have noticed I'm getting my sense of humor back which feels great. I always thought I was quick and witty but throughout my adderall years I was reserved and isolated, I'd do everything I could to avoid conversations
  5. Great things about not taking adderall

    Being able to actually sleep is pretty awesome. Not always counting pills and/or days until my next refill offers quite the peace of mind also.
  6. 4mo Off and Up and Down Days?

    True, some of the stuff you read can be pretty scary but I've also a ton of stuff that shows the brain has an amazing ability to repair itself. The fact that it can take years sucks but I'm already at almost 16 months and it feels like I just quit so time goes by quick. Exercise definitely helps me big time also. Sometimes when I'm feeling super down, I'll force myself to go for a run or lift weights and its like instant clarity.
  7. 4mo Off and Up and Down Days?

    Its definitely normal. I agree with you that its very frustrating having the highs and lows when you aren't doing anything drastically different. I've seen it written many times on here that recovering from adderall addiction is definitely not a linear process. I'm coming up on 16 months and I still have good days and bad. I don't want that to discourage you though, my good stretches can now be for weeks or months but occasionally the anxiety and feeling like I can't do the most simple task will creep back in. I recall someone on here saying that its part of the brain repairing itself slowly overtime.
  8. MLB player honest about adderall addiction

    Awesome read. I always like reading the stories where someone was full blown addicted to adderall but then got their shit together and still have major success. Makes you realize its a process but its attainable for all of us.
  9. Do People Know?

    Somehow I kept it hidden from everybody for the most part. But now that I've been off of it for 9 months, my wife realizes how different it actually made me. Now I'm more affectionate, open, honest and just more fun to be around in general. Opposed to the Adderall me who was a liar and a cold person.
  10. Share how you ruined your reputation at work :)

    One of the things that always embarrassed me was when we go on work lunches I would literally have to piss like 5 times in the 45 minutes we were at lunch. I was so tweaked out on adderall and red bull. Sometimes I would feel the urge to pee again the minute I sit down after getting back from the restroom. God I'm thankful I can now sit for a couple hours with peace of mind and not the urge to pee every 10 mins.
  11. Nine Months - Happy Valentine's Day to me!!

    Awesome! I'm pretty much on the same timeline as you're husband. I'll celebrate my 9 months on Feb. 17th I agree with you 100% I've had a few difficult times come up but I know they would be so much more difficult if I was still using adderall. Now I'm able to resolve things with a clear mind and keep pushing forward towards my dreams and goals opposed to when I was using I would just let all the bad things keep compounding. I've read a lot of the struggles on here too and I think it could be complacency. I try to stay vigilant in my recovery and reflect daily on how dark and miserable my life was with Adderall. It consumed my every thought and distracted me from living my life. Breaking free from that hell makes me cry tears of joy sometimes too. ☮ ✌
  12. I feel like it does mess with your metabolism. Unfortunately I haven't found that right combination of nutrition, weight training, and cardio to cut weight. I'm glad you brought this up though and hopefully someone will have some good advice because I feel your frustration.... I've been busting my ass in the gym lifting weights daily and doing cardio a few times a week, while I'm getting stronger and feel much healthier, I'm not noticing the LB's dropping off :-/ I'm hoping its because I'm new to weight lifting and gaining muscle but I've got plenty of extra weight that I can afford to shed.
  13. The +2 Year Mark No

    I took adderall for 10 years and binged daily for the last 2-3 years and I can tell you that my life is 100x better without adderall. You call it a magical pill but that shit lost its magic for me way before I stopped taking it. I'm at 9 months clean and I've got way better/healthier habits than I ever had while using adderall. I've got a better and more honest relationship with my wife, my family and my friends. Sure, I struggle at my job and have a hard time staying on task for 8 hours but I now realize its because I hate this fuckin job lol. I don't want to take a pill that tricks me into thinking what I do for a living is fun. I'm more eager to find a means of income that I'm naturally drawn to.
  14. trying to find a solution

    As soon as you can force yourself to hit the gym, that helps big time too. Whether its weight training or running on the eliptical or treadmill. Your body releases endorphins and it helps me feel better about myself and gives me natural energy for the rest of the day. Plus it gives you that since of accomplishing something thats not easy to do and doing it without the aid of adderall....which always reassures me that I'll be just fine without adderall
  15. Holy Shit! 9 Months!

    Congrats on 9 months Dan! I'm about two weeks from celebrating my 9 months as well. My recovery is super similar to your timeline. During months 1-6 I really struggled with bad anxiety, depression and lack of motivation. But months 7-8 I noticed a lot of the fog lifted and I stopped waiting for that magical motivation to happen and instead just started taking action. Initially it sucked getting up at 5am and hitting the gym for an hour but now it has gotten as routine as brushing my teeth. And its addicting feeling your body change for the better. Naturally that same motivation carried over into my nutrition. I've now became consumed with what I put into my body and how I take care of it. I'm seriously considering eliminating sugar (unless its from fruit) and caffeine from my diet but I haven't pulled the trigger on that yet. The biggest thing I struggle with is motivation to stay on task at my 9-5 office job. Adderall used to make me love this tedious shit I do for a living but now I Fuckin HATE it. But I'm okay with that, because I don't want to take a pill that tricks me into thinking I enjoy shit that I don't. Not taking adderall has given me so much more self awareness. I'm finally maneuvering myself to chase a dream that I've always wanted to. And I think that is really what so many of us struggle with. Its not that we cannot get motivated as much as it is we hate what the fuck were doing. In the past anytime we were faced with something difficult or tedious we'd just take a pill and hey weeee! its fun. Think about it, I don't struggle at all now to get motivated and focus on things that I enjoy; I'm naturally focused and dialed in when I run on a treadmill, lift weights, meal prep for the week, have sex, play poker, play golf. So I think the real key is finding something your passionate about and figure out how to make money at it. ☮ ✌