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Heather’s Tips for Quitting Adderall

Mike note: Fellow ex-Adderallic Heather sent me the following tips via comment, and I think they’re all spot-on. So have a look!

If you are thinking about quitting I can say- the withdrawl wasnt that bad for me- it REALLY isnt that bad! I stopped taking adderall because one day I would like to be a mother and I know I cannot take adderall while pregnant- plus, its a serious drug, I want to just be healthier.

If you are contemplating not taking Adderall here is my advice:

  1. VITAMINS – One a day has an “energy” one a day vitamin- take it!
  2. CAFFEINE - All day long.
  3. EXERCISE/DANCE – If you feel low, have a dance party. Blast your favorite tune and just go with it.
  4. MAKE IT A GAME – I hate housework. I started looking at my kitchen and saying “How long will it really take me to clean this and make it CLEAN…10 mins? Can I beat that time?” Make it a game to just finish it as fast as possible… and think about all the time you WON’T be dwelling on or looking at the mess.
  5. Magnesium – Supposedly you are low on magnesium from taking Adderall. It makes me feel better when i take it.
  6. Fish Oil - I take it, its good for your heart.
  7. DONT DRINK ALCOHOL! – Being hung over is not withdrawal, but it still sucks.

I teach ZUMBA and that really has helped me maintain motivation. Take a zumba class. It’s a fun, motivating exercise. Good luck!

8 Responses to “Heather’s Tips for Quitting Adderall”

  1. Lame, but now there is more for me.

  2. Mark says:

    @johnny rockets I used to think the same way. You’ll never understand until you get off this drug just how addicted you were. Listen, the more time you spend on it, the longer you’ll look back and ask what happened to those years. It really does feel better not to be high. You don’t feel “high” but you feel alive. Good and alive.

  3. mo says:

    does anyone know of an effective anti depressant to help with rittalin depression withdrawl symptoms? i’m 45 days clean, 3 days of relapse/mania, but my depression slump and hopelessness has me bound to relapse again… my doctor says pristiq?

  4. Jamie says:

    GREAT ADVICE! THANK YOU! I’ve been taking adderall for 10 years. I am trying to stop for the umpteenth time! I will try some of theses techniques for sure.

  5. Laurie says:

    Great tips! Talk therapy can be a great tool, too! Just want to throw that out there. If you don’t want to see a therapist it helps just to have a support buddy. Also, if you decide to quit while in school I highly recommend keeping in touch with an academic/school counselor. Ask them to check on you once a week, if possible. They should be able to help you set new goals that are realistic. Expecting yourself to perform the same academically as when you were on Adderall will just make it more stressful. Set yourself up for more little successes in the beginning to built that confidence back up. :)

  6. John says:

    For anyone who might read this, I HIGHLY recommend taking an amino acid called l-tyrosine. It has been a GODSEND to me when I have faced Adderall withdrawals. Everyone trying to quit Adderall should have this stuff on hand, here is why:

    As you might know, Adderall depletes your dopamine levels after long term use. L-tyrosine is a NATURAL precursor to dopamine (found in meats, cheeses, etc) and helps your body naturally produce more of the stuff that we are so low on when quitting Adderall.

    You can buy it cheaply at many health stores (I got 100 capsules for about $10 at Vitamin Shoppe) and take it daily in whatever dose makes you feel better. I have tried quitting Adderall multiple times, and the first time I did not know about l-tyrosine. I did it successfully over a few months, but the recovery was painfully slow. On my second attempt to quit, I started taking l-tyrosine daily and noticed that my recovery was DRAMATICALLY faster. It helped me stay motivated during the low points and got me back to normal in a couple weeks.

    Please consider trying this, you won’t regret it.

  7. ANTHONY CHAVTELSKI says:

    ADDERALL HAS BEEN OFF THE MARKET SINCE LATE 2006 ( SO HAVE ALL OTHER PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS) THEY HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY PLACEBO. DRUGS HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY TECHNOLOGY. THEIR IS A TECHNOLOGY OUT THEIR MANUFACTURE BY SIEMENS. ITS A BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACE DEVICE AND IS IMPLANTED INTO THE NASAL CAVITY. IT CONNECTS TO THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. IT IS CONNECTED TO THE SIEMENS NETWORK AND THE INTERNET VIA WIRELESS DATA. IT HAS A FUNCTION IN IT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO BOOST NOREPINPEHRINE AND ACETCLYCHOLINE. ACETYLCHOLINE CAUSES THE RELEASE OF DOPAMINE, NOREPINPEHRINE AND EPINPEHRINE WHILE NOREPINPEHRINE CAUSES THE CASCADE OF OTHER NEUROTRANSMITTERS. IN OTHER WORDS THIS TECHNOLOGY MAKES YOU HAVE WITH THE TICK OF A CHECKBOX IN THE VISUAL OVERLAY THAT YOU GET TO SEE THROUGH YOUR VISION.. THEIR IS NO REASON TO QUIT ADDERALL ANYMORE BECAUSE ITS ALL PLACEBO, THEIR IS NO MORE AMPHETAMINE IN ADDERALL SINCE LATE 2006. AND BESIDES WHATS WRONG WITH FEELING VERY VERY HIGH! NOTHING. SO QUIT WINING. ITS STUPID
    STOP WASTING YOUR MONEY AND TIME GETTING PLACEBO PILLS AND EAT MORE EGGS AND DRINK MORE MILK. EGGS HAVE CHOLINE MILK HAS TRYPTOPHAN. YOU NEED IT

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I used to over think everything I did and now I just do what I feel is right. I am a performer, a singer and a dance instructor, and I feel music differently off adderall. I feel like I can dance with my body and not my head.
-Heather

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