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  1. Almost ten years post -adderall, my GI system has finally recovered.  There are still a few foods that give me heartburn so I avoid them.  Some kinds of bread, some kinds of cookies (and eating too many of them) and milk still don't agree with me, especially near bed time as they ness with my sleep.  It is much, much better than five years ago.  For the first five years of my recovery, I was convinced that I had permanently damaged my GI system.  Oddly enough, my body weight has stabilized at what it was when I quit, although I now have more muscle where there used to be fat, due to regular yoga practice and / or workouts. 

  2. Welcome, @Somewhere!

    Congrats for being off stimulants for the last two years.   That belly fat is sure hard to lose, and it is the first fat to come back whcn you slack on the workouts.  Losing those thirty pounds is a really big deal and I bet you feel a lot better not packing around the extra fat.  I workout about every other day, although just at home.  I am not comfortable going to gyms or fitness / yoga classes right now due to Covid.  I also practice intermittent fasting, although skipping a morning meal is something I have done most of my life, so it is really no big deal to wait until noon for my first calorie intake.  I reached a stable body weight about two years after quitting and it fluctuates up to ten pounds depending on the seasons.  I find those extra ten pounds make a huge difference netween feeling fat and feeling fit.

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  3. @NurseAddy, @sage

    I was 48 when I quit, almost a decade ago, after nine years of Abuse.  It took me six months of planning and preparation but I wanted to get it right the first time that I sincerely tried quitting.  I was ready to enter addiction treatment if I failed.  The older we get, the more painful it becomes to continue abusing this nasty drug,  It's really hard on your body at abusive dosages.  An addiction to speed is like a mortgage on your future.

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  4. Welcome to the forums!  Both @SleepyStupid and @Sunbeams_findyou have shared some really good advice.  

    If you quit for your baby's heath while you were pregnant and nursing, you should maintain that Quit so you can be fully present for your developing child as you are raising him.  Post-partum depression, coupled with post adderall depression (you are still in your first year) is a double whammy so I can see why you are looking for some relief in the form of a familiar pill.  You have already got the hardest part of your adderall recovery behind you.  Perhaps you were not quite ready to quit when you became pregnant, but here you are, with almost a year off the drug.  Seize that opportunity for a better life. 

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  5. Congratulations for your first year of freedom!  One year is a huge milestone for so many things, and especially for kicking the addie habit.  I wish you the best of luck living in Arizona.  I share your wonderment of how I survived that awful addiction with my life and health intact, especially as an older user -  I was 48 when I quit nine years ago. 

  6. I am happy to announce that @sleepystupid and @EricP have joined the administrators team!

    Thanks to both of you for volunteering and helping to control the spam and keeping this great forum dedicated to helping people quit and stay quit.  

    Please continue to report the spam and we will do our best to contain it.

    Also, I would like to acknowledge Mike for paying the server bills and keeping up the website he started 12 years ago, without any advertising.  Mike is currently finishing up his PhD in Psychology.  Thanks, @Mike!

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  7. I think I have deleted all of it, let me know if you find any more.  I've been out in the wilderness backpacking for the last few days.  I could sure use some help moderating.  If anybody is interested, let me know and I will contact Mike to get that ball rolling, as well as renewing the Word Press account so the spammers have a more difficult time registering.

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  8. On 7/14/2020 at 10:33 AM, Older User said:

    The reason I am so glad I found this forum is because, for the first time in all of this, I have a true idea of how long it actually takes to get away from Adderall...even when one is (as I believe I was) a legit user. But just because it may have been proper for me to be taking it, it doesn't mean that it will keep working forever...or that you can continue to take it forever.  And I am discovering now that users have to go through the withdrawal process just like abusers have to, albeit it to a lesser extent.

    Welcome to the forum.  I was about ten years behind you - I started around age 40 and quit before I was 50.  I'm 57 now.  I have been on this forum since quitting nine years ago, and I have read several stories about people using only as prescribed and having a difficult time with withdrawal.  I completely agree with you that one can't take it for the rest of their lifetime.  That was one of the big reasons that I quit, in addition to realizing that it was an unsustainable addiction.  The physical side effects of adderall abuse also caught up with me.  Adderall made me feel like an old man in the later years of my addiction.  It does take a long time to recover from this drug.  I started feeling somewhat better about nine months after quitting, although it took about three years to feel mostly normal, and another three years or so before the bouts of depression finally abated.  

    Congratulations for quitting.  I wish you the best of luck in your journey through recovery. 

  9. 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?   

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  10. 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.    

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  11. 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. 

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  12. 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.

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  13. 1 hour ago, LuLamb said:

    Adderall became both a coping mechanism as well as a death knell.

    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.  

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  14. On 4/10/2020 at 0:25 PM, LuLamb said:

    Oh - and the house was a RENTAL and I spent all of my own money, time, and energy doing it and I never even asked the landlord if he minded or whatever.

    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.

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