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  1. Dexedrine - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    So do you have a plan for quitting? or are you just waiting it out until the next script can be filled. What will be different when the time to refill comes along? It sounds like taking speed is an inconvenient addiction, at worst. The psychotic break does sound scarry. Are you sure you are ready to quit now?
  2. Nine Plus Nine

    After using Adderall for nine years, I quit on June 3, 2011. Nine years later and I'm still speed-free. Life is certainly better and easier in abstinence rather that chasing those silly orange and blue pills, and dealing with the awful side effects of the addiction and uncontrollable overconsumption. This forum was essential for my quitting success and I am grateful for its existence.
  3. Stiff and Cracking Joints

    I have been unable to enjoy sugar since quitting adderall nine years ago. Regarding the OP at the top of this thread, my joints were so stiff and achy by the time I quit, I felt like an old man. The good news is that yoga and exercise has reversed that problem. Actually, my joints felt better after quitting and before I started exercising.
  4. or put another way, by some wise QA member many years ago: ".....become a human being instead of a human doing"
  5. Seven Years

    Great to hear from you, HC! I was thinking of you when everyone was trying to fly home from abroad. Did you make it back or are you still in the middle east?
  6. Welcome to the forum. You have a tough situation that I can relate to. When I quit, I was determined to keep my friends. I would even let them use hard drugs in my home a few times. But, I had to step away from them. One friend, whom I have known since we were 13, kept using adderall then meth for several more years. He eventually quit his addictions about a year ago and we are still good friends and hang out together often. I didn't see him very often when he was still using, mostly by his choice. My other friend continued using all drugs, and eventually went homeless and I have lost track of him. What I'm trying to say is that I get how important your friends can be and I don't think you have to abandon friendships to successfully quit, especially if there is more than drugs holding those friendhips together. I also think that your occasional use of adderall and xanax is both risky and foolish. It doesn't take much to reactivate a speed addiction. You didn't elaborate on the reasons for quitting adderall, and I suggest putting those thoughts in writing so you can be reminded how awful and insidious this addiction was, can become again.
  7. 5 Worst Things Adderall Did To You?

    I don't like to acknowledge some of the good things that drug did for me, but the coping mechanism was one of the biggest plusses. I guess that when you are high all the time you can cope with just about anything. I was taking care of my aging and failing mother, as well as a new puppy ten years ago, at the time I said it gave me incredible patience. Now that I have another new puppy, I must acknowledge that remarkable coping mechanism. It takes all the patience I have not to strike this precious puppy, for just acting like a normal puppy requiring care and monitoring 24/7. It was easier being high on adderall, although I know I didn't give the last puppy the quality training this one is receiving.
  8. 5 Worst Things Adderall Did To You?

    Just these:
  9. 5 Worst Things Adderall Did To You?

    That gave me a good laugh as well. I certainly moved a lot of big rocks that didn't need to be moved, but at least I owned the rocks and the land and I can still look at them and shake my head. I grew more gray hair in a short amount of time on adderall as well. After quitting, the gray hair turned back to brown for a few more years. I feel really lucky that I slithered out of that addiction without any significant long term health problems, despite plenty of side effects while using the shit.
  10. My New Puppy

    Her name is Penney and I got her last week:
  11. Successfully tapered down, last pill 24 hrs ago

    Welcome to the forum and congrats on finally quitting. Since you have been preparing for this moment for the last nine months, I have no doubt you will succeed especially if you stick with your plan, the workouts, and not drinking.
  12. I am a strong believer it total abstinence from adderall and all other stimulant drugs. I also kicked cigarettes when I quit adderall because I felt they were horribly linked, somehow, and I needed to quit nicotine for my health anyway. But alcohol, coffee, and weed? I still use them all, almost daily. The key word is use but not abuse them. This is why I believe in total abstinence from Adderall (and nicotine). I know if I take even one drag from a cigarette, I will seek future opportunities to sneak a smoke again, so I use all the willpower I have not to take that first toke. Just the other day, I had a social "non-smoke" with my friend and I went through all the motions of smoking with an unlit cig in hand and I kind of enjoyed it. That same friend is meth recovery and he is also an alcoholic. He absolutely knows that he cannot get drunk because it causes meth cravings he cannot control.
  13. I tried......

    Bullshit!. What's your alternative...to stay on Adderall the rest of your life??
  14. I can't believe it's me...

    I just read about you losing your dog. I'm really sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is the hardest kind of loss to take. My 11 year old German Shepherd died last November and I have had bouts of depression come and go all winter long. I've started looking at puppies on the web and it won't be long until I have a new pet. @sleepystupid is right about the exercise. I have a home workout program that I do at least twice per week for about an hour each time. It helps keep my mood stable. You don't need Adderall in your life anymore. Just fight the good fight and before you know it, it will be spring and things will start looking up.
  15. Inflammation and digestion relief?

    @Andyd2 I didn't find any supplements that helped my stomach, rather the lack to regularly taking any pills (supplements) seemed to do me some good. Sometimes I go for a month or so at a time without taking anything. I usually feel better and sleep better when I don't take any supplements. And when I do take them, I only take fish oil, vitamins C, D, and B. Come to think of it, once I took a multivitamin with minerals that messed with my stomach. Digestive recovery is like the rest of recovery, with gradual improvement and periodic setbacks. Even now, I will get reflux if I eat or drink the wrong foods too late at night, but only sometimes. During the day, my normal diet agrees with my digestive system almost all the time. Most of the big improvements in my recovery were noted during the first two years.