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  1. my life; controlled by adderall

    That's one of the scariest posts ever. It sounds like a drug team is at work. This IS a SERIOUS DRUG and you are already on it! You might have to quit the team to stay clean past 8 or 9 weeks. You have already proved you can quit. If you keep playing games with this drug things can get A LOT WORSE!
  2. Articles on Adderall...

    The good, the bad and the Ugly. This is a great piece! A scary story: Adderall abusr alters brain, claims a yougn life.
  3. 18 months clear at the end of June

    I feel your pain Sebastian. Others have it worse. There are 3 factors that determine recovery time; How much you used, how long you used and your age. I think you are doing pretty good at 18 months all things considered. Keep the faith. It will all work out in the end. And if it hasn't worked out yet, it is not yet the end.
  4. Articles on Adderall...

    I like the quote in the first article: “That is the drug of choice in college. Hands down, it’s the one thing that everybody will take. It’s the one thing that med students will take"...Everybody will take it. And the picture of the brain on adderall is amazing! Speed Withdrawal: In order to succeed, it's vitally important to understand it realistically, as a challenging, long-term process. Good idea SweetC. Better to have them all in one place.
  5. Quit-Once?

    Thank you for your very positive and hopeful post. I am so encouraged to know that you have your confidence and motivation back! Knowing this is huge for me. I can be patient for a little while longer now. It's a lot of stress to let go of. Thank you. It's good to know that I am not the only one still resisting a smart phone!
  6. New job

    Ashley, Your post is so positive and full of hope. You are a miracle of support for so many. I'm so happy for you that the stars are aligning for you; nice boyfriend, picture of ivory snow health, job that you like and steady progress in your recovery. I'm especially happy to hear that you like your new job. Work is such an important part of life. It is often overlooked because we are raised to believe that MONEY is supposed to be THE most important thing when it comes to work. It's a pitfall that many can't avoid, myself included, I'm sorry to say. I look back and see how quickly 40 years in the work force has passed. We don't get do-overs in old age. I'm just checking in to thank you for the many positive contributions you make to the forums. You have helped me greatly along this bumpy road....the everlasting bumpy road, made a little smoother by your gentle encouragement. You have even brought me out of hiding.
  7. Overcome Year 1 and Imagine Year 2

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on your one year anniversary, ZK. I enjoyed reading your post. It is very written with a realistic hand and that is somthing we need on the site. Congratulations! Like the others, I want to thank you for ALL you do. You have done great things.

    hummerbird, I like your letter and this topic. I wholeheartedly agree that adderall recovery is unique unto itself. I was in AA for a year before becoming addicted to adderall. While I can say that I have been sober from alcohol for nearly 14 years, it is tainted by 12 years of adderall use. As one person put it, so you went from one to the other. It is painfully true. As you know, AA has members who are bipolar and members who suffer other mental issues, so psychiatric drugs have to be accepted at some level. But, that's where I got into trouble, as you describe in your letter. I agree with you that stimulant use is where to draw the line, but there are many who would disagree (see the discalimer on this site). I don't know how you will ever get around this argument. At the same time, I would love to join SA if it were ever offered in my area. Neither AA nor NA offers the identification that makes you feel at home. I believe that having a home group is a vital part of recovery. It rang so true for me in my recovery from alcohol. I guess that's why we come here. The in-person community experience would have so much more power, even a Higher Power. With two years freedom from stimulants, I hope you stick around here to share your experience, strength and hope.
  9. On Day 1

    The side effects of quitting are severly under-rated. Have no doubt, txbadger, there are no tips or advice on how to maintain your current level of energy and focus. You will not have these resources in short time after you quit. Given your history of use, you will face the challange of a lifetime. You have great support here, but ultimately your own determination and perseverance will see you through.
  10. I believe I can do it this time

    Robin, you make a good point about needing help in keeping up with our daily responsibilities. Day upon day of failure to keep up can lead to relapse, like it did in your case. Mike made reference to having to watch some fish die in our aquariums in the beginning because we do not have the resources to save them. Not having the necessary resources can drag on far longer than "in the beginning", in my experience also. It's been said before, but quitting adderall is, without hesitation, the hardest thing I have ever done. It is downright disheartening. Your honesty is refreshing and your perseverance is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your experience. Best wishes with your renewed commitment. I have confidence in you!
  11. Help with Recovery!

    Frustration. Doubt. Fear.
  12. I am noticing a difference too, Justin. I am really glad you started this thread. Thank you. It's wonderful to feel even slightly better. Renewed hope!
  13. I'm glad you ran this by the group, SweetC. It's way too close to adderall to mess with. It's like it's adderral jr. I would be deathly afraid that it would trigger adderall cravings. The temporary weight swing is just part of the dues we owe. It's perfectly normal. Read all about Phentermine on the wikipedia link below: Let your good sense make this decision for you, SweetC. You posess so much knowledge about good nutrition and exercise, I can only see you making the right choice.
  14. Please Donate


    Sorry to learn how difficult day 12 was for you Amy, but you made it through without numbing. I'm proud of you. Keep putting your quit first. I hope things get better for you later this week. Today's test was hard enough. Good work on venting here. It's a safe place to do that. Tomorrow will be a better day.