I have been taking Adderall (until 10.14.16) for 10 years...legally as an rx for ADD. I had no idea the problems I have been dealing with the past number of years were due to the Adderall....figuring if a doctor prescribed it then it must be good for me. I have since done research (thanks for to this site) and realized I need to get off of the Adderall. The logic and science all makes sense; however, the day-to-day struggle is real. The Adderall was like a pacifier for me (my security blanket). Now it is a struggle to do basic tasks. I am willing to put in the work because I hope for a better life for myself but these days are really a struggle....I know that pill can get me through a tough meeting or conference call. I have been struggling with my energy level and have been drinking Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy...yes, I know those are not good either but it gives me a little boost.
Here is my question...how long can I expect to feel this way? I read other stories on here and it seems like most people have been on Adderall for less than 5 years and they still struggle a year after the fact. I worry that my age (42) and being on it for 10 years will make my recovery unbearable. Any thoughts or words of wisdom? I was prescribed 20mg 3x a day. The most I would usually take in a day would be 80 and sometimes (usually weekends) I would make due with 20/40.
Thank you to all as it is quite helpful reading everyone's stories on here!