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  1. 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.
  2. 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......
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Want to lower my bpm

    I use a blood oxygen sensor thing that clips on my fingertip. My heart rate returned to 55-60 BPM within a year after quitting. It averaged about twice that rate when I was on adderall. Seriously, it was always 115-120 bpm and that was one if the factors that helped me to decide to quit for good. It's your heart, after all, and what more important organ keeps you going? Like running a car in second gear when fifth gear is available.....and motors that run higher RPM's have shorter lives with greater maintenance.
  7. slight light hallucinations?

    It affected my vision too - both blurred vision and impaired depth perception. Things improved after quitting. Our eyesight is the most important and precious sensory resource we have. Why take chances with it?
  8. How to Cut Doctor Off - Advice Needed

    Adding to Greg's message above, you can also tell the doctor that Adderall has caused you to have adverse reactions or has quit agreeing with you if you don't feel comfortable disclosing your addiction to the doctor or anyone else. Just don't let them talk you into trying another stimulant in its place.
  9. Taking two 1,000 mg pills sounds like a recipe for a headache. I liked the lower dose of 500 mg, once or twice per day. They made me feel happy and less depressed, and it worked right away. Are you still taking adderall?
  10. I was browsing though the forums and then came across your post involving amphetamines. I was hoping that you are still active here and can be reached. I wanted to know if I could inquire into your past with the drug as I find myself on a road to possible addiction.

    1. quit-once


      Yes, I'm still around, and would be happy to help you get this monkey off your back.  Send me a PM if you like.

  11. Tried Many Times to Quit

    Way to go! You got this, NaterS. It took me a few months to get rid of my pills too, but once I did, I never looked back.
  12. @subtractadderall, I have heard of similar pursuits for adderall, although nothing like your leg vein failures. From reading members' posts on this site, I have heard of someone experiencing ischemic strokes due to adderall, quitting, then going back and experiencing another more severe stroke. Then there was the person who experienced seizures, quit, went back and had more seizures. And someone else who had cardiac issues And at least a couple of folks who experienced psychosis serious enough to spend time in a hospital mental ward....including my best friend who also went through multiple bouts of MRSA (probably adderall-related) before finally quitting. We've all read about the studies where monkeys or mice would choose cocaine over food until they died. Addiction is an insidious bitch that kills people every minute of every day. I am just glad that most the people who hang around here have learned that lesson and are getting on with their lives.
  13. After using for almost nine years, I realized it was an UNSUSTAINABLE addiction. My future was becoming more and more uncertain. And the more I took, the harsher the side effects became. Adderall just quit working for me like it used to. After that realization, I did a lot of online research, made a plan to quit, set an absolute deadline, established some very substantial penalties for failure, and then followed through with it. I wanted to say it was easy, but no, it was the toughest thing I have ever done. It was also the best thing I have ever done for my health and my life. My life has returned to a "normal" status for the last five years.
  14. Finally - Reclaiming my Neural Pathways!

    I agree with Frank's approach when it comes to the mental outlook while quitting adderall. Treat it like a final divorce, like something or someone you will never have in your life again. I just couldn't entertain even the slightest possibility that I would go back to that awful addiction. And, like Frank said, quitting different drugs is different for different people. While I abhor the thought of ever taking another dose of speed, I view my relationship with nicotine differently. For some reason, I just can't absolutely say I will never smoke again so I have to take quitting nicotine one day at a time. I quit both substances about the same time six years ago. When I look at all the money I have saved by kicking those two daily addictions, it is in the tens of thousands of dollars by now.
  15. 5 years of moderate use, finally quitting

    Congratulations on your decision to quit. You've got this. You've had your essential "aha moment" . I suggest you write down those 1,000 other reasons for quitting and share a few of them with us. There is a thread somewhere around here about how adderall affected people's physical health and I listed all of those reasons for quitting and realized how it was slowly killing me. You only really need one good reason to quit but making a list will re-enforce and remind you how awful that addiction really was.