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  1. What do you think?

    It might be more people than you think. I took adderall 7 years and only went over my prescribed dose once. I took 25 mg XR in the morning and 10 mg IR in the afternoon. One day I had a ton of work to do and took 25 in the morning and then at night. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack, I was so cracked out. I couldn’t imagine doing that again. I was also just kind of scared to go over the prescribed dose.
  2. Exactly! My willpower got so weak I’d take adderall just to do the dishes or clean up around the house. I’d have no drive at all without it.
  3. @sleepystupid you are so right about the masking. I’ve been trying to quit and the hardest part is realizing what it’s like again to be a normal person. I can’t just take a magic pill to get motivated at work. I need to actually try and develop some ways to do that naturally (pomodoro, etc). It’s going better now but wow has it been difficult. But also rewarding, because I’m strengthening my willpower and drive.
  4. How many years were you on Adderall?

    8 years. Phased it out over the last year (on 3rd attempt to quit completely). Never took more than 35mg, but did that consistently for a long time.
  5. Merry Christmas

    3rd try for me, but it's going well! I feel different than the first 2 times, like this one might actually stick.
  6. New Years resolution.

    @quit-once I had a lot of success with that. I had a 'dry' October and it definitely helped change my relationship with alcohol. I don't think I had gone a week since I started drinking around age 20 (15 years ago). It was just such a part of my life to reflexively have a beer at night, and sometimes more. Over the years I'd pared back enough where I wan't hungover the next morning (mostly), but I would still drink by myself most every night (my wife doesn't drink much). My goal was to just drink more purposely, like most people do, e.g. when I'm around other people or when I really want to enjoy that. I'd also been going through some depression issues and knew that alcohol was not helping with that at all. It was really hard. The first time I went to bar and said 'I'll have a water' to someone offering to buy a round of drinks, wow, it was surreal. But I actually had fun that night! And I could drive home without worrying about drinking too much. After going 30 days, I am much more in control now. I crave it less. One thing I learned is that I just like a carbonated drink in the evening. I switched to non-alcoholic Ginger beer, and then phased that out for La Croix (the Ginger Beer had 170 calories!) Now I have a spreadsheet where I keep track of some health metrics, including how many drinks I've had. If I see I've been trending towards drinking too many days, I pare it back down. It's a battle but it's gotten WAY easier, and I've lost 10 pounds as well! Honestly I can't believe it took me 15 years to do this.