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Natural Adderall: How to Feel Tweaked-Out all day Without Popping a Pill

From "The 5 Phases of Caffine Intake" by the below-quoted Matthew Inman. See all his comics at http://theoatmeal.com

From "The 5 Phases of Caffine Intake" by the below-quoted Matthew Inman. See all his comics at http://theoatmeal.com

The comic above was drawn by one my personal geek heroes, Matthew Inman, who is well known in the web industry as one of the most multi-talented individuals in the game. You’ve probably come across one of his comics without realizing it. [I swear this will be relevant in a sec]. When it comes to building websites, most people really thrive by specializing. That is, they’re a great designer OR a great programmer OR great at marketing and promoting. Some people try to do it all, but these one-man armies usually end up being cursed by the “jack of all trades, king of none” problem: they can be good at everything but never really great at anything. Matthew is a freak. He his literally a King of all trades when it comes to the web.

In an interview by SocialMediaRockstar, they asked Matthew about his creative process. Here is part of his response…

[X] makes it a lot easier for me to get better at [my work], because I’m eager to learn and kind of obsessive. Also, I’m constantly reading and tinkering.

-Matthew Inman

Read the quote above. Replace “X” with “Adderall” and read it again. The quote makes perfect sense like that, right? It makes him “eager to learn”, “obsessive”, and “constantly reading and tinkering”. That describes the tweaked-out Adderall “in the zone” feeling precisely.

But Matthew didn’t say Adderall. Click here to replace the [X] in the quote above with what Matthew actually said.

A common theme among successful creative people

Have you ever looked at a great creative achievement like a painting or a novel and wondered “How in the hell did they have the focus to complete that? I mean, maybe if they were on Adderall I could conceptualize it, but without pills that just seems superhuman to me.”

Here’s a little secret I’ve learned after two years without Adderall: Those artists were totally tweaked out when they created those paintings/wrote those novels/programmed that brilliant software. I’m not just talking fluff here: I mean literally, if you asked any successful creator what he felt like while he was creating, he would describe to you a feeling indistinguishable from an Adderall high.

A lifetime of work

24 hours in a day.

-8 hours for sleep.

-1 hour for getting ready in the morning (and prepping for bed at night).

-1 hour for travel time to and from work.

-9 hours working.

-2 hours for going to the gym, working out, and showing when you get home.

-1 hour for prepping and eating dinner.

= 2 hours per day that is potentially yours

When you subtract all of the mandatory maintenance activities from your life (eating, sleeping, exercising), you find that you spend the vast majority of your time working (or preparing for or traveling to/from work).

Human life, at this stage of the game, is designed this way; design to be centered around work; so that your work gets much more of your time than “other stuff”. Many people don’t get much enjoyment out of their work, so this equation seems backwards. The “other stuff” is what they want to get to. They work only to provide for the other stuff that they actually enjoy, so why the hell does it seem like they have to spend all of their time working?

The notion of a lifetime of this kind of “work-work-work-play-work-work-work” schedule can seem cruel and unusual. It can feel like “miserable-miserable-miserable-breath! squeeze in fun!-miserable-miserable-miserable”.

Adderall fixes this problem. With Adderall, the notion of a lifetime of work doesn’t seem scary…you’ll be tweaked out all day during the week and happy and relaxed on weekends. With that kind of drug powering your workdays, a lifetime of work doesn’t seem so scary. In fact, you almost enjoy working on Adderall more than you enjoy doing certain semi-fun weekend activities.

Your ultimate goal should be to be tweaked-out all day naturally

There is nothing wrong with the effects of Adderall…the mentality it produces is healthy and good. What is not healthy and not good is producing that mentality by false means. Adderall is like a love potion that you can drink whenever you don’t like something. Love is not a bad thing. But a potion that makes you love is.

The good news is that former Adderall users have brighter futures than other drug users. Most people who struggle with drug addiction are escapists. They use the drug to escape an intolerable reality. To chase the best high…the most wondrous alternate reality. When the try to quit their drug of choice (i.e., coke, heroin), their biggest problem is that they can’t find that high again. They live all the rest of their painfully sober days thinking about the high that they’ll never allow themselves again.

But, fortunately for you, the Adderall high is something you can obtain again. In fact, that should be your goal.

The ultimate destination at the end of your quitting Adderall journey is a life that is similiar to what it was like during the golden days of your Adderall use (except infinitely more balanced and genuine).

Ideally, you should be in one of two modes at all times:

1. Tweaked-out like you’re on Adderall

2. Relaxed and blowing off steam.

There is only one way to do this…

Find your replacement pill

There is something out there, some activity, that holds the power of an Adderall pill for you. It’s different for every person. For some people it’s writing, for some people it’s painting, for some people it’s building and promoting websites, for some people it’s taking care of the elderly, for some people it’s answering random questions dressed like a ninja…it could be a zillion different things…there are as many purposes as there are people.

Your first priority when you quit Adderall and get your footing should be to keep an eye out for your replacement pill. But don’t worry if you can’t find it for a while. Given enough time off Adderall, it will find you.

Keep taking your replacement pill in higher and higher doses

Once you find that thing that gives you a natural Adderall high, strive to fill your life with it. See how many hours of the day you can fill up with doing that thing. Your ultimate goal should be to fill your 7-9 “work” hours with that activity that gives you the Adderall high.

Currently, after two years of rebuilding, I usually fill about 1-2 hours a day with my replacement pill activity. That means for 1-2 hours a day I feel like I’m on Adderall. I’m getting to the point where I can see that, in theory, it would be possible to fill up my whole day with that feeling. See how many you can fill up.

BTW: Incidentally, when you induce the Adderall feeling naturally, the big difference is that it’s easier to turn off. With Adderall, you have to wait until you come down and go to sleep. With the natural-Adderall feeling, you have to get your brain onto something else…there is still a comedown period, but it’s much faster.

UNRELATED: Make sure to check out Matthew Inman’s mega-hit comic The 8 Phases of Dating

34 Responses to “Natural Adderall: How to Feel Tweaked-Out all day Without Popping a Pill”

  1. I drink coffee – like a shitload of coffee. Sometimes I can’t sleep, so I get up and work. Some days I’m on the computer from 8am until 2am, and I’ll do that for days/weeks/decades in a row. The result is a rather odd but well-rounded set of skills for making stuff on the web. I’ve tried quitting coffee but my efforts are always in vain, so recently I heard about adderall because a friend of mine has a prescription and was describing the magical effects it can have on you. I’d actually been considering trying it to ween myself off of coffee but still maintain my obsessive drive. I’m an addictive person, however, and I have a feeling if I tried it I would never quit.

    Anyway, just thought I’d drop by because it’s a rather oddly timed article considering I was just talking to my friend about adderall a few weeks ago.

    Also, I’m glad you like my comics – I’m gonna do my best to keep burnin up the lols.

  2. Mike says:


    I’m going to try to contain my excitement here (like I said, I’m a huge fan) and stick to the topic at hand…Adderall.

    Definitely stay away. It would ruin you.

    Using Adderall to ween yourself off coffee is like using crack rock to wean yourself off of cigarettes.

    It will throw your obsessive work ethic into over-drive, like a shot of NOS to an engine. Great at first, but damaging in the long run.

    It’s particularly dangerous for naturally driven people, because it gives them what they want…tenfold…with a price that’s not obvious until much later.

    In the first stage of Adderall use (the Honeymoon stage), you’ll create some of the most crazy-awesome shit you’ve ever created…that’s what hooks you. It takes a while to notice how it’s started to eat away at you.

    My guess is your friend is still in the honeymoon stage with Adderall. That can last years. But most of them see the price in the end.

    Coffee has plenty of health benefits for all its downsides as you probably know already. It’s a much safer addiction.

    Anyhow, thanks for the comment! Totally weird coincidence, for sure.

    LOVE the comics. Can’t wait for more! Fortunately for me you’ve been cranking them out almost every day lately so I get my fix. So glad you put up theoatmeal.com. Beats the hell out of sporadically checking the mingle2 blog and reddit for a hint of a new Inman toon. :-p

  3. Lori says:

    One of the problems that presented itself on Adderall, besides increased drive was lack of inhibition and impulsive behavior. This can be particularly damaging and embarrassing later. I would sit at my computer tweaked out of my mind for days and by the second day, I had very bad judgement to say the least. I wrote a blog about some very personal stuff, though it was very well-written. The thing is I almost posted the link to the blog on FB thinking, what the hell. I’m just being honest. About a minute later, I realized how stupid that was and deleted it. I don’t know if the rest of you feel this way, but as soon as I take it..30 mins later I feel like I am in another world. It’s like I’m almost not there. All I do is sit at the computer. Nothing else interests me. It’s almost liked you have been sucked into a vortex. I get anxious as hell on it too from time to time. For the most part, I get tunnel vision. I don’t know what time it is, days just drift one into the next. It’s nuts. It’s a very powerful drug.

  4. Mike says:

    I’m very with you on the impulsiveness point. It’s a hard habit to break even after you quit, because you’re so conditioned to impulsive thinking.

  5. jill says:

    This website has truly given me hope of living life without adderall. I dont want to write a long story so just know that you have made a difference in my life just being able to read the stories about happiness and a normal life even off of adderall. Thank you

  6. Al says:

    Touching and personally moving. Thanks.

  7. Chris Warner says:

    Thank you for this wonderful article! Seriously you don’t know how much this effected me, in a good way.

  8. ben chen says:

    lol love potion. i think we just arent having any sex so we turned to this shit for an isolated solution. fuck drugs id rather fuck girls pardon my french maid

  9. Anonymous says:

    I have been off adderall 2 months now ans have gained 30 pounds or so. Ive been taking Bikram yoga but the weight is not dropping off like I thought it would. (90min of yoga in 105 degree room.) Does anyone know about how long it takes your meatabolisim to restore after abusing adderall?. I was on it 3 years.

  10. I quit aderall 2 months now. also have been taking Bikram yoga (90 min of yoga in a 105 degree room) I gained about 30 pounds and the weight is not dropping off like I thought. Does anyone know how long it takes to restore metabolisim back to it was. I used adderall heave for 3 years. thanks

  11. Thanks Mike, this website is totally saving my life. I have the choice tomorrow to fill my adderall or not and just reading everyones experiences im not going to for sure now. although the weight gain is embarrasing I look foward to loosing it without drugs. Thanks to everyone for saving my life and to my family im sorry I was such a nightmare. Its nice to be back on planet earth.

    does anybody know how long before metabolisims can restore themselves after drugs?

  12. Mike says:

    Hmm. I know it takes like 4-6 weeks for your brain chemistry to rebound from a drug dependency, but I’m not sure about the metabolism. Lilah might know. Post your comment on that weight loss article that she wrote and maybe she’ll see it (all comments on that article get to her email).

    Or, failing that, you could private message Lilah on the forums. She’s pretty damned wise at all things nutrition.

  13. Stopping adderall is literally exhausting. I just wanted to share with everyone what I used to give me energy during those hard first couple months after stopping. Its a product called Emergen-C. In the beginning I was using two packets a time several times a day. now I can do one a day. Its full of vitamins and minerals you pour into a glass of water and my results were almost instant. I find it works best to do with really warm water. It just goes down easier. I started off with orange flavor but now they have rasberry. I want to write the company and tell them my sucess story. If it wasnt for this web site and emergen-c Im sure I would have used adderall again.

  14. Yay, Im a member now. Just doing that I feel like another positive door has opened. I have lost all my friends in the mist of the 3 year adderall storm (amy pommerening)

  15. M says:

    Hi I liked your adderall article and the google rabbithole led me here. I have been thinking what is my thing? I have always been interested in building computers all my life so that’s a top thing but not the toppest of the top at that moment. I have been diagnosed with ADD AKA a wild imagination, boredom, etc. Anyhow what I like to do and it is hard to control is just let my imagination run loose throughout the day and see what I come up with. I know I need to maybe control it and maybe do what you said and just let it loose for like 2 hours but it is really hard to just focus because lately it is been quite a lot of fun to not focus. Just thinking about it and I remember that as a boy one of my favorite things to do is to write about my dreams particularly my dream house.

    This is all I have to say at the moment. I promise that I wrote this with a generally sober mind. I think the only drink that I am drinking is enthusiasm. Bytheway I don’t drink. Never have, never will. Hope my thought helping someone figure out their dreams.


  16. Mike says:

    @M – This may sound silly, but maybe you could go into dream research? Seems like that would be an under-staffed, but very interesting field. Freud didn’t do it any favors. Plenty of work left to be done, I would think. You could build computers during the day to pay for whatever degree you need to research dreams. Although really, you could start now by researching your own dreams and posting your findings. You could even create a website about it and multiply your learning by hearing stories from others. Let me know if you need help with that!

    Most legendary psychologists discovered their big influential theories in part by analyzing their own thought patterns. If you think about it…is there a better place to start?

  17. Dr. Baker says:

    AddieUP is a safe, natural alternative, with 4 natural stimulants + Nootropics it works very well. The site is Addieup.com .

    Neurofeedback is also a promising alternative but treatments can get expensive. I like AddieUP because it works, and is not expensive and you don’t have to have a prescription.

  18. HAHAHA says:

    Fuck all of you. If adderall makes me more robotic, withdrawn… THEN SO BE IT.

    I walked into a job requiring 3 years of mechanical experience. GUESS WHAT. I HAVE NONE! I have learned more in 3 days then most employees could learn in 2 weeks. When I take my XR, I am a cold calculating machine for about 6 hours.

    I am going to get a stronger dose, as my XR should be lasting 12 hours. 72 hour work weeks + school HERE I COME >:D

  19. Collin says:

    In response to “HAHAHA”… You haven’t been taking adderall for very long have you? Just wait, you can feel cocky about it now.. But eventually it will come back to tear you down.

  20. laura says:

    Hi. New to adderall. Use it to combat fatigue but it also helps me deal with a job I can barely stand. Im a bit nervous about taking it….because I like it. Can someone explain how it can tear you down,//???? Please! I don’t take it everyday, but sometimes choose to take more than prescribed. I don’t have a history of drug abuse, except for nicotine. Thank u sooo much.

  21. faye says:

    read some of the other articles on this site. please god do me a favor and stop taking it now before it’s too late!! i am going through the hardest thing in my 26 years of living: learning to live without adderall. if i can save you from this then….well i don’t know. i took it for 4 years, started off great but everything in this world has a price. if you have a job you hate then that’s what you have. a job you hate. if you take medication to love it, then eventually your brain will not know what to love. i have been off adderall for 37 days (woo!) and wont go back. but my god it has been hell! re-learning how to do everything. it’s like having strep throat, your period, a friend die, and quitting cigarettes all in one times TEN. please stop now. otherwise later you will wish that you would have. and besides there are way better ways to combat fatigue! energy creates energy. java. ginko. general excitement. even caffeine pills, in my opinion are a million times safer than the risk of adderall addiction. also eating healthy, exercise, fish oil, vitamin b6 and b12 all give you good natural energy. if something sucks, you are supposed to hate it. that’s life and totally normal and necessary for the natural process of love, hate, happiness, sadness, euphoria, adventure etc. please heed my warning and continue living your life as it is. use your natural talents and motivation along with friends and family to get you through and all will be good for you! i promise!! i have accomplished many things in my life. after the past four years and 37 days, getting out of bed without popping an adderall is a HUGE accomplishment. i never thought it’d be that way, but i’ll work my way up again.

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  23. Craig says:

    I lived 25-30 years of my life ‘in a fog,’ unable to break through it. Missed out on MANY great experiences in life. Through my personal awareness and wanting to be the best person I can be, I eventually found Adderall two years ago. It changed my life for the better. There’s no F’ing way I’m going back to what, basically, amounted to a non-existant life.
    I’ve done the research of what foods to eat, increasing the Dopamine in the brain, blah blah, what not to eat that brings on lethargy, etc., as well as St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Fish Oil, supplements, blah blah, etc. Barely felt their effects.
    So, again, there’s no way I’m not taking Adderall for the rest of my life. I don’t care. I know it’s an amphetamine. I started drinking and tried many different drugs from age 15-22 to fight ‘the fog’ I was in, scared of living life. An alcohol-induced accident(not driving) put me in a coma for seven days at the age of 22, upon returning from the Gulf War. Many years later and recovery from addiction to women with BPD, I am enjoying a productive and sane life, while taking 60-70 mg of Adderall a day.
    If you go to bed a night w/a clear consience, happy with your self, and can smile, all is good.

    Take care and be well…….

  24. Skyler says:

    I enjoyed the feeling of adderall in the morning right after you take it and lay in bed sinking deeper and deeper into the mattress. The crazy things that I had when I first took it was that I couldn’t sing. There would be a song on the radio that I liked and wanted to sing it but couldn’t. It was strange. I was taking 60MG per day and when my insurance ran out I quit cold turkey since I didn’t want to pay over 300.00 per month.

    It has been about 2.5 years off of any medication and I guess as long as my wife is ok with that then I am. I once took a 5 Hour energy and it made me so tired I had to take a nap.

    The ADHD mind and body is an interesting thing.

  25. To Each Thier Own says:

    There are pros and cons with everything in life.

    Is it possible to live a product life w/ out Adderall? – YES!

    Does Adderall help a large number of people finish each day? – YES!

    To so broadly exclaim that Adderall is so “evil”, is to live in ignorance.

    If everyone filled a script of Adderall tomorrow, life would suck. If everyone stopped taking their psychoactive drugs tomorrow, life would suck.

    Find what works for you and enjoy it, but don’t be afriad to try anything.


  26. Emma says:

    You can also use Doxiderol(http://www.doxiderol.com/#oid=1010_1) which is very powerful as natural Adderall alternative.

  27. Addrena is a great herbal adderall alternative that you should definitely check out. It is the only herbal adderall alternative I have seen that contains enough of the stimulants and Nootropics to really make difference. The other herbal adderall alternative products I have seen hide their ingredients, makes sense their reviews are lousy I guess.

  28. That Guy says:

    anyone on here looking for some healthy alternative that will make you feel like you’re on adderall:
    B-Complex125. Take ONE or TWO with a meal and get back to me after a week. The 125 might be too strong and you might want to try just a 75 or 50. Just search online for the benefits and see for yourself, hope it helps, it has helped me tremendously to a point I couldn’t have imagined. Although for *health/safety* make sure you dont overuse them like take over 2 in one day because your kidneys will hate it. Be Smart, do your research!

  29. Lynn says:

    I searched for herbal alternatives for adderall
    And found this page, and I’m so glad I did.
    I have not been prescribed adderall, a friend had some
    and gave me a couple, liked it, it was wonderful
    I got so many things done, so focused. I feel
    Scattered most days, adderall stops that for me.
    I have heard that adderall was addictive so
    Did not go to the doctor to see if I could be prescribed
    The medication. Since I tried adderall I have not
    Been able to find an alternative for adderall other
    than coffee, and if I really have to I use stackers.
    Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences
    with us. I am convinced now to never take adderall
    ever again. I will continue however to search for the
    right combination of natural herbs for good health.
    I have a brighter outlook on life without adderall.
    Thank you

  30. shane says:

    I have taken adderal for 10 years and come to find I had high blood pressure and thr two combined lead to a massive stroke. I miss my adderal however my f a mily and life is more important then tweaking all day.

  31. sam says:

    Adderall is a crazy thing. It is possessive and will take over your life. Those of you new to it…please heed this warning: it is not worth it in the end. I have always struggled with my ADD. I was always smart but was so unmotivated and unfocused in school that I failed my classes, and felt like I was failing at life. Then I found adderall. All of a sudden, it was like this weight had been lifted, and I was a new person. Math, science…things I was never focused enough to concentrate on before I EXCELLED in. I got excellent grades and even went on to excel in college.
    But anything that good has a price to pay. Here I am, after about 6 years of adderall abuse, and I recently suffered from a stroke after taking too much adderall, and this ultimately led to nerve damage.
    Even so…I find it hard to even get out of bed in the morning, let alone do anything productive, without adderall. I know that what I am producing on adderall is robotic, because it lacks any sort of creativity and passion. I didn’t make it. The adderall did. I just wish I could find an alternative to curing my ADD. Its damaged my body, mind, and spirit…but damn, how could I keep a clean house and job without it?

  32. Erik says:

    I just came across forum this while in a search for natural ways to simulate adderalls effects. I have never taken adderall in my life and have no idea what it feels like. I have had people describe to me its effects in great detail. I think I can mentally visualize what it feels like. People compare it to that feeling you get when you have a great cup of coffee and you’re beyond motivated to work on what ever you have to work on. The reason why I am in search for something naturally stimulating is because I have trouble focusing on things I want to get done. The things I love doing are easy to keep focused on but I still lack the energy to start working on them. I thought of getting adderall, but I am very hesitant because I know myself very well. At work I am a machine I can work work work and go home relax but if I work from home or try to start my own projects I am very lazy Its strange to type that because I consider my self an intelligent person but its true I am lazy and demotivated. Whats frustrating about this is that I mentally break things down and I can completely comprehend why I do and don’t do things but I still battle with the lack of energy. Tony Robbins and TED videos got me jump started a few months ago, but it is an up and down journey I go through stages of taking action and getting things done and then I go straight back to being lazy. I’m still searching for my passion. I thought my Major in college was but I was too naive to really understand true passion. ANYWAY After reading this page I’m very happy…I should definitely stay away from adderall. Thank you everyone for being honest about its effects. I’m sure it’s great when you first take it but after that it sounds like a nightmare and i’m the type of person that would do exactly what that quote says below “Oh, what the hell. I’ll just use it to run errands this time.” THANK YOU!

  33. AJ says:

    The advice in this post is absolutely sound.

    However, it is also irrelevant to those who are actually looking to find external means of achieving stimulus and motivation. Not everyone is able to “work their passion” so to speak. Some may not even know what their passion is just yet. Others are just trying to get through the days, weeks, months and possibly years until they are able to change their circumstances. A particularly difficult undertaking in this current dismal employment market. To my mind, that is one reason that the use of Adderall and similar substances have become so prevalent and so valuable to some, in the short term at least.

    Since I came to this post via Googling “alternative methods for simulating the effects of Adderall,” the title “Natural Adderall: How to Feel Tweaked-Out all day Without Popping a Pill” made me hopeful, unfortunately, the content inspired my ire more than anything else.

    Of course, I also realize the disappointment I feel is my own fault, I should have taken more care to notice the URL: quittingadderall.com

    In any case, good luck and best wishes to all of you who struggle with Adderall, its negative impacts are well documented and I encourage and support all efforts to find what works best for you to help you achieve chemical freedom.

    As for my part, the search for more information relevant to my present need continues…

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