How Can I Quit Adderall????

how am i going to stop? i keep justifying getting my adderall every single month. right after I met my boyfriendI poured an entire bottle of adderall down the toliet b/c i didn't like the way I felt around him on it. I hadn't met someone I liked as much as him in a really, really long time so I didn't want to mess things up with him. Then  I gained so much weight- literally prob. 10 pounds in a month that it freaked me out and I thought I would loose him if I kept gaining weight because it was the middle of the summer and we live in a city near beaches- i couldn't be fat in the summer was my justification for getting it refilled the next month, and the month after, etc. etc. I told him about my addiction last month after dating him this whole time and really thought that since I told him I wouldn't get it filled again. Then what did I do last Friday? Get it filled again. It is the most bizarre mental game I play with myself every month- I get the adderall, do something stupid the first night I get it like go out and drink/waste money/ practicing guitar all night, then I feel like crap the rest of the weekend, have a productive but tired first work week, have a really tired next work week, then by then I run out of my rx. I spend the next week literally doing all I can just to make it in to work and make it seem like I am doing something more than just trying to keep myself awake- I have gone and parked in parking lots on my lunch break just so I could sleep for an hour. Then I come home and go to bed super early. By the following week I have pretty much caught up on my sleep- but still need to go to bed early. I feel happy, healthy, and content with life- the only issue is I still hate that I'm hungry all the time and have gained back the 10 pounds I loose the 2 weeks I take adderall. It's a process that has been going on this badly for about 5 years- I have been taking adderall since I was 15, so that's 10 years total taking it, but only about 5 years abusing it as bad as I am now. my mom is very aware of my addiction but started taking adderall herself about 2 years ago and has since started the same process I am in without abusing it as bad. I am perscribed 40 mg a day but usually take about 80-100 mg a day, who knows, probably more somedays I'm sure. I get hives on my chest, my heart literally hurts in my chest, my skin gets dry and gross and my hair starts to look like crap. my eyes look terrible and I know I have really high blood pressure. I just don't get it- I know I need to simply contact my doctor and let him know that adderall is a problem for me and he shouldn't give it to me anymore but I just can't do it. Before I started taking adderall, I was overweight, depressed, and never got much accomplished. It just scares me to think of dealing with gaining weight and struggling with food the rest of my life. I do not carry weight well on my body and I know I will hate myself if I get fat again. I realize that over time the weight may be put back on if I stop taking adderall, but I know that I also could start a regular work out routine and get on a healthy eating schedule and it will come off. I just am so scared to go through that process because I don't want my boyfriend to have to deal with me getting fat and blah blah blah. I even worry about gaining weight so I won't fit in my clothes anymore and I don't have enough money to buy new clothes. Everything in my life is good right now- 2 steady jobs, great place to live, dating the love of my life etc, etc, but I feel like it's all resting on eggshells. I feel like this cycle I deal with mostly by myself is going to come crashing down when something happens to me- like a heart attack or brain anurism or something. My teeth are already looking kind of bad from grinding them when I take adderall. I can't imagine what this 2 week on 2 week off cycle is doing to my body internally and it scares the **** out of me. I know I have a problem- I know I know I know but I can't afford to go to rehab and don't know how to do it on my own. WHAT CAN I DO? I am dating the love of my life and I have to get healthy for him. If I loose him because of this I don't know how I could live with myself. It's so embarrassing and disgusting and I just am so lost as to what or who or how can this stop. When will it stop??? Please give me ideas, comments, etc. HELP!

whenwillitstop whenwillitstop
22-25, F
7 Responses Jan 10, 2010

If he doesn't LOVE U AT YOUR WORST, he def doesn't deserve u at your BEST. As generic and cliche as that sounds, it rings VERY TRUE don't u think?? :) if he LOVES LOVES YOU- it's gonna take a helluva a lot more than extra lbs to make him leave all the other amazing things he LOVES ABOUT U. :)

Hello, x-adderall abuser! I was also taking 80-100 mils a day. So this thing you wrote here ^ This is who you are right now most likely. Correct me if i'm wrong, but not much has changed since you posted this, huh? Sure, you may have gotten a raise or two...but thats it. You didn't get a truechuckle out of the past 2 or 3 years. You'll wonder this forever. "when will this end, maybe next month." well it won't end. "You NEVER do what you plan" is something i had to learn over and over again until i thought..." so this pattern is repeating, time of year/how much adderall i have left this month...yup this month is gonna suck"
It wasn't one moment of me realizing that i didn't want to end up an old chain smoking man, no teeth, no emotions, no HUMANITY. Of course, nobody does, but i tried quitting for probably the 30th time. And you know what...after more than 10 years of adderall (3 or 4 abusively) it wasnt as bad as the inner-addy-demon WANTED it to be. Truly, i was sick to death of it... and was thinking "pfft, all these emotions..all this hunger.."when really i felt differently on the inside. "all this tastey food! All these feels! what i happening to!"
You'll die wondering what life could of been. You will. You don't really want that do you? and oh i know, **** me right? I'm actually a nice guy is the funny thing. But i saw your story and wanted to offer two options
A) You stop.
B) You put it off until next month because summer will be over and then the next month because you have some work you need to do, and the next month because thanksgiving is coming and i can't put on turkey lbs, and the next month because of christmas shopping, and next month because you have to wake up earlier, and next year because, and next year because, and next year because...
annnnd you die old with no teeth wondering what love was like.
C) You already quit and i look like an even bigger douche-bag
That's right! I'm the ******* that said it.
K den.
-Love Casey

I don't understand why can't you just take two per day? Don't worry so much about what others think of you... think of you! For your own good. If someone loves you they won't leave you if you gained a couple of pounds. They would leave you if your life lacks so much balance as you make it look like here. Either take what you are supposed to take or don't take it at all. I know It will be hard at first but you will get through. We are human we get accustomed to anything. Just like you got accustomed to take 100mg a day you can get accustomed to taking only 20 if you really set your mind to it

I think what would help you is a: stop taking it. Or b: take the correct dose every day at the same time so you don't run out before your next refill. When you take a bigger dose per day than you are prescribed you will run out before you get a refill and therefore your body has to adjust to being off of it. Then when you get more pills your body has to adjust AGAIN to being on the medication.

As long as you are going off and on you are going to feel like ****.

I feel your pain, it sucks. Adderall ruins lives, it ruined mine, Im so sorry your goin thru this. I dont even know what to say, I dont even know how to stop. I dont even know if I really want to stop. All i know is that if you need someone to talk to, to relate, hit me up. Stay strong and good luck with whatever it is you do,

Hey there......I feel for you because I so know what your going threw.... I have been addicted for a bout 4 or 5yrs.... At first it was the same way with me... I would take maybe 5 or 6 a day... I was hooked..... it was all I thought about....all day long..... I would still work go to school and I have 3 iam a dam good mom and wife....Its just the stuff iam noticing like my teeth are jacked up now because of adderall.... and how much it dryes your mouth out and how many ciggeretts it makes you want to smoke when your on it.....and the grinding...... Its so bad that there starting to get loose... so I now have a dentist app scheduled.... so thats good but anyway.....message me well talk

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