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  1. 4 Months Off Stimulant Medications

    Welcome to the Forum! You have a lot of positive things going on for only being four months stimulant free. There are lots of ups and downs in early recovery, and it sounds like you are riding it out very well. Congratulations for quitting and I wish you continued success with your Quit.
  2. Eight Years

    Great to hear from you, @hyper_critical. I'm glad your life is going well. I think it is so important that some of the long time quitters keep posting on this site. I know it gave me lots of hope when I quit to know that people can and DO beat this addiction and move on with their lives. I'm two years ahead of you, and I will be making my ten year post in exactly one month.
  3. Day 8 after 10 years of stimulants

    Congratulations for quitting and welcome to the forums. I quit after nine years on much higher dosages than you were on and I was about ten years older. I also quit nicotine about the same time. It can be done, and it must be done, because nobody can expect to spend the rest of their life on stimulants. and the nicotine will kill you. Weight gain, depression, anxiety, and lethargy are the classic symptoms of quitting. Keep your expectations for yourself tame and focus on the Quit and not going back. Things will be much better after a year or so. I gained about 15-20 lbs after quitting and it took about two years to get back to my pre-quitting weight. Best of luck to you!
  4. Weight Gain/Body Image

    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.
  5. Cold Turkey for the Win

    Cold turkey worked for me too. Almost ten years ago, I roasted my last two pills in the fireplace, and melted them onto a rock. I still have that sculpture. Congratulations for quitting and welcome to the forums.
  6. Weight Gain/Body Image

    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.
  7. New here.....

    Welcome to the forums! Jump right in and post your questions or comments to any discussion thread you feel you can relate to.
  8. It scares me too! If you have confidence in your therapist. then go for it. However, I would thoroughly research the drug and its side affects and its withdrawals before taking it. I have no experience with SSRI drugs like Lexapro.
  9. @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.
  10. @sage What is your plan for quitting? 15 years is a long time on this drug, especially at abusive dosages.
  11. When will I be normal again?

    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.
  12. Why, exactly, does tapering "not work"?

    Don't be shy about starting a new topic. If you have information or experience with adderall tolerance post it in this forum or over in the "tell your story" forum.
  13. 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.
  14. Starting the Journey

    Gordon, Congratulations on your decision to Quit. I wish you well. I have one question: What are the consequences of failure?
  15. New Administrators

    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!