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Hello everyone! Today I realized that I have been free of Adderall for a little over 2 years now, a milestone I genuinely thought I wasn't capable of accomplishing. What was once a centerpiece of my life is now just a memory of a lifestyle I used to live. These days I don't think about Adderall much at all, because the craving that used to be so prominent is now gone. This change was gradual but enormous over the course of these years. Before I quit Adderall, I was certain that I wouldn't be able to keep a job and feared that quitting Adderall would make me useless and dumb. This has turned out to be one of the greatest lies I ever believed. For those of you who are currently trying to quit Adderall, this is what worked for me. A month prior to quitting two years ago I had truly hit rock bottom. I was stuck at was I thought was a dead-end job, had no friends, no girlfriend, no college experience, I didn't care at all about hygiene, and zero motivation to do anything at all aside from playing video games. My days consisted of waking up late, popping Adderall, working for 8 hours, playing video games until late at night, and then repeating everything the next day. I lived with my parents, who I also had a terrible relationship with. I avoided people I knew as much as possible because I was always in an anxious funk from taking Adderall. I never slept, I never wanted to eat, and I had zero energy until I took Adderall that day. Prior to this successful attempt to quit this drug, I had tried MANY times within the past 5 years to get off of it. The longest I ever made it was 5 days and the cycle was always the same: hopeful/optimistic the first day, anxiety by day two, eating everything in the fridge by day three, and day four I could do NOTHING but sleep (the WHOLE DAY). However, after one particularly bad week (out of a year that I hated every day of my life) I decided my life couldn't possibly be worse off of Adderall than it was on it and I tossed the pills. But what was different about this time as opposed to the failed attempts before? This time I hated my life so much on Adderall, that I didn't care what happened when I stopped taking it. It wasn't until I hit rock bottom that I sobered up enough to regain my self-control. After reading this amazing post: I tried to the best of my abilities to follow the advice and looking back at my experience, everything in this post is SPOT ON. The first month actually did seem easy and then suddenly three months in I realized "This is really who I am now" and I feared that I would never be back to normal. After this, the cravings really set in for me. I began to think things like "I could do this task way faster with Adderall than I could now" or "I feel so tired, If I was on Adderall I would be wide awake right now" and so I did something that really pulled me through these moments: I set a goal for myself that no matter what, I wasn't going to take Adderall for a year. If at the end of the year I still wanted to go back, then I would allow myself to. And that is exactly what I did, I stopped taking it for a full year. However, in that one year, I got back into shape physically, got promoted at work, and started making friends again. I had made so much progress off of Adderall, that I was worried that taking it again would destroy the things I worked so hard to obtain off of it. It was almost as though being sober was my new addiction in an ironic way. Skip forward to now, and I can personally say that quitting Adderall has saved my life. I was NEVER this happy in all of the 8 years I took Adderall. I am currently 2 years into my college degree with a 4.0-grade average, I am dating a wonderful girl, I am able to make friends again, I moved out of my parents' house, I got promoted at work, I can SLEEP at night, I'm no longer deathly skinny, and I have the motivation to get to where I want to be. All of these things were what I desperately wanted to do during my years on Adderall, but I was so consumed by my addiction that I just couldn't. My life after this two-year mark is so much better than I had imagined. Of course, it didn't happen overnight, but two years isn't really that long. I am fully convinced that if I was able to quit this drug, anybody could. If anybody out there is struggling to quit Adderall, PLEASE DON'T listen to your doubts and insecurities. You CAN do it and life can be happy for you again. It is a long journey, but the most rewarding journey you will go through. I challenge you to make a goal to QUIT for at least a year. If you aren't convinced you are on the right path then go back to taking it.
Wow so I just got back from my sisters bridal shower. I was pretty nervous about going because since I got my last prescription I've gained almost 50 pounds. But i've already lost 15 of the pounds that I gained since my last script. Although i've only been completely clean for 3 weeks, my body has been trying to balance itself out since June, 2014. But today I tried on my dress i'll be wearing at the wedding and it's already really loose on me and I have to get it altered. I got a lot of feedback on how good I look too! I drove back just ecstatic!! Seriously once you get passed the low self esteem that follows quitting, that right there feels better than any drug. Because when you're clean, you can ACTUALLY enjoy it, instead of lying to yourself like I used to do ALL the time. If you have problems with post adderall weight gain, trust me your body will balance itself out. You do have to try, but eventually it will work out. I can't wait to see what else I can accomplish. Life is just great right now. <3
It's been almost 4 months since I've been off of adderall. I never thought it was possible to be where I am today. The happiness that I experience on a daily basis is overwhelming. I'm finally in touch with reality again. I'm able to live my life for me, and not for a pill. For those who think that adderall is a "miracle pill", you're wrong. Yes, it helps keep you awake and "alert", but its not the only option to helping you deal with ADHD. Since going off of adderall, I've been prescribed Strattera-which is a non-stimulant ADHD medicine. I've continued to get 100's on every one of my biology exams in college. Adderall is not your only option. I thought it was the only way I could succeed, but its not true. I basically just wanted to write this post to say that 4 months ago I was in a very deep depression. I was dependent on adderall. I spent hundreds of dollars on getting more adderall after my prescription ran out. I lived for my next pill. I took it any time I needed a fix. I couldn't imagine ever EVER EVER being off of adderall. I couldn't imagine a life without it. I also forgot what true happiness was. I forgot what it felt like to laugh until tears streamed down your face. 4 months later, I cant even imagine a life WITH adderall. I'd be lying to say there hasnt been temptations, but every day I get through is another day without it. I've been genuinely happy these past few months and I've had countless moments where I have laughed so hard that I cried. Don't let this drug ruin your life. You think that you can't get off of it, but you can. I was addicted for 5 years and quitting adderall was the best decision I have ever made in my life. Please contact me if you need any help or advice. I'm here for anybody that needs the help.
Hey guys! I found a new website the other day I wanted to share with all of you. If anyone is interested, it is called "the daily positive" by Dale Partridge and you sign up for free with your e-mail. If you sign up, you get a daily e-mail of some words of wisdom and/or an article/short story of something positive or how to fix certain aspects of your life, etc. Something new and insightful everyday. I love just waking up and checking my e-mail and reading the positive articleâ€¦ some are really helpful. Sign up and tell me what you think! It's kind of like a free, daily "self help book" The article this morning was called "3 Ways We Ruin Relationships" and he gives ways to fix this... Here is the website link: http://dalepartridge.com/