But without the work/sleep factor, quitting Adderall wouldn’t be so bad
Let yourself slide a little on the snacking if you have to
Most of the hell people talk about refers to doing mentally-demanding work for several hours a day without their pills (and to suddenly wanting WAY more than 6 hours of sleep every night).
You feel like yourself again almost instantly. You just can’t do any hard work. The hours where you don’t have to work and can do whatever are actually pretty enjoyable without pills.
Thanks for setting up this challenge! I am all for it and it helps knowin that I got others backing me and going through the same thing. So how d you stay awake during the crash? I get so sleepy when I run out and can barely keep my eyes open
Give it a couple weeks for your chemistry to rebound from the drug, start exercising a little, and get on a normal sleep schedule. You’ll get some energy back.
Wow- so I found this site 2 days ago and it inspired me to cut my dose in half for the last two days.
What prompted me to keyword “quitting Adderall” was an incident that I had earlier this month. My doctor’s receptionist almost wouldn’t let me be seen without a copay that I did not have and I ended up in tears. I was practically begging. I even told the nurse very forcefully, “I am a mother of two and I will be sleeping all weekend if I don’t leave this office with a prescription today!” This was a huge wake up call for me because it is 100% true- I was down to nothing by the time they got me in. She let me in and probably thought that I was insane.
I would love to include the details my journey thus far- but I am at work and on a lower dose of Adderall and this very website has been distracting me a bit today. ?? I will try to do this at home sometime.
It is so much easier for me to force myself to focus than it is for me to force myself to eat small portions and avoid snacking. But I have a problem with Adderall and I have known it for a long time. So it’s time. I am terrified. My husband is already irratated with my “laziness and moodiness”. I guess he is really in for it.
Thanks for posting your story. You know, for all the rationalizations you build up around Adderall use. For all the good you think it does for you; it’s hard not to feel like a junkie when you’re knocking on your psychiatrist’s door with more desperation than you’re comfortable admitting to yourself.
I can’t tell you how many extra cigarette breaks I took when I first quit Adderall. And I still eat constantly all day even now. I just keep snacking to keep myself satisfied with sitting at my desk doing boring work all day. They say obese people don’t over-eat because they’re hungry; they over-eat because they need the dopamine rush from intaking food.
That’s pretty much how/why I think I eat all day…not out of hunger but out of a dull and constant misery that I’m trying to offset
That said, chewing gum helps a lot. I also try to snack on healthy stuff and drink only water Colorado title loans to minimize the damage. Plus I work out pretty much every day so it kinda evens out.
As for your husband: OK, I know this might be a little awkward of me to say, but one of the semi-benefits of quitting Adderall is that it increases your sex drive. Maybe tell/show your husband that and see if it makes him a bit more accommodating and pliable.