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2 More Quitting Adderall Songs

1. Switchfoot – Mess of Me

Relevant Lyrics

I’ve made a mess of me.
I wanna get back the rest of me.
I’ve made a mess of me.
I wanna spend the rest of my life alive!

Quick Comments

It’s tragically ironic to me that songs about normal drug abuse end up applying to the Adderall-taker. We were supposed to be so well-intentioned, so different from the normal, self-destructive, escapist druggie. Motivated by the best within us (our desire to achieve)¬†rather than the worst. And yet so many of the same consequences apply as to the loser pothead/drug-experimenter we looked down our nose at. For all your good intentions, for all your hard work, for all your over-achieving….you end up next to the guy who actively pissed it all away. Because you did the same thing…you pissed it all away too, it just didn’t feel like it at the time.

The only spot of good news is that once you quit Adderall, you get back on course (as painful as that can be), it it really does feel like being alive again, and you really do get back the parts of you that you lost. So in that sense this song applies quite well.

2. Johnny Cash – Hurt

Relevant Lyrics

If I could start again
a million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way

Quick Comments

Yeah this is pretty much the most gut-wrenchingly depressing song ever sung by a man. Most of it is filled with remorse that you can apply to many things, but I think the above lyrics speak well to the remorse you may feel over wasting the time that you did on Adderall. At least that’s how I take them. I can’t tell you how badly I wish I could go back and make one different choice…then let the rest of the cards fall where they would. At least I’ve made that choice now, and I can enjoy watching those destiny cards as they start to fall into place again, however faded they are.

For more quitting Adderall songs, check out the Top 6 Quitting Adderall Songs post. Make sure to read the comments for some more suggestions!

6 Responses to “2 More Quitting Adderall Songs”

  1. Laura says:

    Yay for “Mess of Me”, That’s definitely the quitting adderall song I’d have picked.

    I’m voting down “Hurt” however. The relevant lyrics you noted do work but the song is WAAAY too depressing, we’re not talking about heroin addiction here, adderall hasn’t given me an “empire of dirt” I don’t wear a crown of shit, and I’m not sitting in a “liars chair” ;)Love the song and Love Johnny Cash though. Fabulous taste.

    Also I’d not use Hurt for my Quitting Adderall song because! If I could start over, I would definitely take the meds again, no question. Adderall did awesome things for me, honestly without it I’d have missed out on most of my education. I’m proud of where I am today and without the medicine, I’d not have gotten here. For the first 6 years, I fully respected the importance of following dosage instructions and adderall was a REAL blessing. I’d undo the taking extra that started in college, but not taking them in the first place.

    AND If you did start again and “keep yourself” you wouldn’t be able to help all of us tremendously by creating this website. It annoys me to think you’d be sitting around wishing you could undo your adderall era.

  2. Mike says:

    @ Laura,

    On the Johnny Cash choice: Yeah…dark times lately. lol.

    Sounds like you had a much better experience with Adderall than I did. I went a bit further down the rabbit hole than that. Plus, I made other decisions on Adderall that I probably wouldn’t have made if I wasn’t on the pills which have forever damaged my chances of succeeding to the greatest extent possible in my chosen dream career, which gives me a bit more regret than I think most people who picked other dreams would feel.

    This blog has been a wonderful experience for me. And I’m really glad that it’s been able to help so many people. But, selfishly, I would trade it all in a heartbeat to have lived a purposeful life from the start. But I guess that’s what gives me enough passion to keep up this blog (heh).

    Incidentally, wasn’t Johnny Cash was a speed pill-popper? Makes me wonder if he wasn’t talking about his amphetamine use with this song (not sure if that makes sense since NIN wrote it…but it’s fun for me to pretend/consider). :-p

    Anyhow, thanks for the comment! I’m running out of songs so suggest others if you have them!

  3. Vinny says:

    Well, I am going to ring in here on the side of Mike. Although our experiences make us who we are I think it a mistake to think that we would do it all the same again. That is the essence of wisdom, if we could keep our brains and rewind the clock of time any person who would not change something I feel is cheating themselves.
    When I was a young man I dreamed of playing football but had a mother who was too protective to put her son into anything other than soccer. When I finally convinced her to let me join in 7th grade I was by far the worst kid on the field. I was fat, out of shape with the confidence of a turtle (tuck that head in and hide). Through hard work and determination I found myself at an awards ceremony for benchpressing the most a sophmore has done, a record still kept today, any other challengers were shot down by the coach because of drug use.
    Just when I reached the pinnacle of talent I got involved with an asshole and pissed it down the tube. I was held from the field for six weeks of my senior season, my only retribution was that I was able to start the last two games of season.
    Yes this experience made me the cast iron man of today. When all my friends partied I studied, and consequently I succeeded where many failed.
    I would totally do things different if I had another chance. I would have asked out that girl I liked, I would have stayed away from the “cool kids” and just been real with myself. Does that mean I regret what I have done….yes and no. I do not regret those I have met along the way. I still keep in touch with any and all that were/are close friends.
    You see friends and adderall have much in common. They can lift you to new heights of confidence and ability, but ultimately be the reason you cannot punch through the barrier. The trick is choosing who is right for you in all things.
    There is no reason to regret your lives. Laura is right, without adderall somethings would not be possible like the lives you save on this website Mike. However, just because they made you who you are today does not mean that they have not taken something from you.
    Everyone I have seen with drug addiction loses something. Those who succeed with true rehab are the ones who have found something to replace it. But every single one of us wishes that we never lost that initial piece in the first place.
    Oh the beauty of hindsight and its truly magnificent 20/20 vision.
    Just remember, humans as a species has to struggle. Find something meaningul and struggle will turn into love.

  4. Mike says:


    EXACTLY. Especially the part about not regretting the people you meet along the way. There are some people in my life that I can’t imagine not knowing. What a tragedy it would have been to take a different course and never know that they existed. I would give pretty much anything to go back and do things over again, but I don’t know that I’d give up them.

    Or maybe I would.

    Also: You had the record sophamore year? I’m trying to remember now…all that time I spent staring up at that bench-press record board, wondering who those huge kids were at the top…and mentally placing my own name where it would be if I had played football (they wouldn’t count us non-players). I think I have a fuzzy memory of always seeing your name near the top of the leader board. I didn’t know you then. Just wondered what the hell this titanic “Vinny X” guy must be like. Funny.

    Totally agree that you always lose something with an addiction. I think that applies with more than just drugs (though especially with drugs). People, drugs or not, get stuck sometimes — they get comfortable and habitual when they should be moving and changing. And that can cost them dearly. Looking back, I wonder if it wouldn’t have been like that for me even without the Adderall…if I wouldn’t have still allowed myself to keep going down the IT path, forgetting all the while that I never chose it for myself. This whole quitting Adderall experience definitely sling-shotted me back in the complete opposite direction. I wonder sometimes if that experience was necessary to get me back on track.

    And then I shake it off and remember that I fucked up. Of course I’d be infinitely better if I had not taken Adderall. And I’m sure I would have been led back to the right path in a much more pleasant manner if I hadn’t strayed so horribly far from it.

    There must serious negative consequences to these kinds of decisions or else there would be nothing wrong with making them, which would mean no regrets. And no regrets means no impetus to change for the better in the future.

    Here I am, knocking on the door of the life I was meant for in the first place, praying desperately that the person on the other side will forgive my absence and let me. On the other hand, there’s so much about my life now that I like and that I can’t see being any other way.

    So I totally agree: part of me regrets it, part of me doesn’t. The part of me that regrets is much bigger right now, but that may change with time and achievement. But even if it does…even if I reach a point where I’m super-happy and fulfilled, and I can look back and say “you know…it was all worth it…it all makes sense now”…I’d still probably jump at the chance to go back and do it all over.

    Anyhow, thanks for posting! TTY soon about that other thing (and to continue or email thread). Hope you guys are doing great up there.

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