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  1. Welcome to Hell week? Months ? Years?

    Please don't do that....the next time you try to quit will not be any easier. You have already begun your journey through Hell, and, as Winston Churchill said..."if you're going through Hell, keep going". Your dosage was low, you didn't abuse it, you were only on if for a year, and you are only 30. Many reasons to believe that your recovery will easier (and shorter) than most. Good Luck!
  2. Mental Clarity

    I have tried the following supplements for mental clarity, all with some degree of success: vitamin D, fish oils, L-Tyrosine, Lions Mane Mushroom, and, most recently, Prevagen. Low carb diets seem to help. Regular exercise and yoga are also good. Alcohol, in excess or even heavy moderation, is bad. Depression is also bad for clarity. Not sure how much my age affects mental clarity, but in my mid-fifties, post Adderall, my mind just isn't sharp as it once was.
  3. Echocardiogram and peace of mind

    Congrats for having a healthy heart and knowing it. I have always felt like I slithered out of this addiction without somehow causing lasting and permanent damage to my body or mind, after nine years of abuse. I have seen, or heard of many less than positive outcomes from long term stimulant use.
  4. Weight stabilization

    I, too gained about 15 lbs. after kicking Adderall and cigs. During year two of recovery, I started yoga practice and getting more exercise, and by year three, I was about five pounds less than when I quit. Eventually, I started an in-home workout routine in addition to the yoga practice that got my muscles back in shape. My body weight has stabilized around the weight I was when I quit - about five pounds less in the summer, five pounds more in the winter, but the distribution of body fat in relation to muscle is a lot healthier. I also try like hell to restrict my carbs and especially the sugar intake.
  5. Deep deep sleep one year out

    Here's a link to the discussion we had about sleep a few years ago.
  6. New Years resolution.

    @sleepystupid 30 days off cigs? You rock, Man! I kicked the cigs when I kicked Adderall with some help from Chantix. The Chantix really messed with my mind in early Adderall withdrawal. @MindOverMatter I was working in bars last Friday and during the last inspection, someone tried to buy me a shot, several times. It was pretty easy to decline, since I was working anyway, but that exercise only strengthened my resolve to make this whole Dry January thing work. I have also discovered seltzer water is very satisfying in the evenings. Your success with a dry October and afterword is exactly the kind of encouragement I needed to hear tonight.
  7. New Years resolution.

    My resolution is to gain a better understanding of my relationship with alcohol. I'm going to start by having a DRY JANUARY. Google it. I have learned so far that there was a study done somewhere that found about 2/3 of people who quit drinking during their dry January had a more positive relationship with alcohol for the rest of the year...so it is worth a try. I can't remember the last time I have gone an entire week without drinking, let alone a whole month. So far, so good - no DT's or seizures or uncontrollable cravings. I am also journaling a bit every day regarding this experiment. Anybody want to join me?
  8. 36 hr fasting

    I like to try a 24 hour fast about once per month, with only water and black coffee. I don't like consuming any calories before noon on most days. During Adderall, I had similar eating habits as you, I had to eat something in the morning just so the pills would agree with me. that shit was really hard on my stomach.
  9. PhD, adderall-free!

    Well, that is some very good news. Congratulations! It took e a minute to remember the name you used to post from.....The Occasional1! I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have finished your program if you had not quit. Lack of success is a near certainty while actively persuing an addiction. What is your field of study? Thanks for posting such an encouraging update. I feel like you were part of my "graduating class" here on QuittingAdderall..... along with @Cassie, @Greg, and @LILTEX41, @ashly6 and @hyper_critical, and a few more whom I consider my friends here. Thankfully, a new class of forum posters have emerged to keep things active and interesting around here. I read far more than I post these days......what a great community we have here.
  10. Health issues 7ish months out

    My acid reflux was pretty bad, especially at night when I was trying to sleep. Those symptoms lasted nearly two years after quitting. I made a permanent change in my diet - like avoiding the white foods like sugar, flour and milk. Even now, I can't really enjoy those foods like I once did. I used to use sugar as a sleep aid when I took adderall. Just yesterday, a delicious cinnamon roll caused a reflux issue for me. As long as I watch what I eat, I don't have reflux and the side benefit is a healthier body and less belly fat. Regarding antacids or medication for treating the reflux, I think that is just a band-aid approach and the real solution is diet modification. Regarding the gas and bloating, I have seen that symptom a lot around here, but mostly from our female members in recovery.
  11. Is Happiness Just a Word?

    I took it for nine years. I quit because I realized it was an unsustainable addiction and because it was fucking with my health. I, too, worry that I have done damage to my brain that may never fully heal. Just have to work with what's left and make the best of it......
  12. About to lose it all

    welcome @dave516. I remember getting to where you are at during my addiction experience. Somewhere between only using it on the weekends and requiring about 3-4 pills daily in order to function, with more on the weekends. I continued taking adderall another two years or so. I hope you are able to kick it sooner that I did - those last two years of adderall were hellish for me. Please don't loose it all, Dave. Quit while you have the good sense to make it happen.
  13. Brain Feeling Better! 14 months

    @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.
  14. Biting my tongue more since quitting

    I bit my tongue and also my cheek a lot while I was using Adderall, sometimes really hard. I was also prone to choking on food. Much less after quitting.