5 Signs you’re ready to quit Adderall

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5 Signs you’re ready to quit Adderall – quittingadderall.com

1. An important part of yourself feels neglected.

I posted a poll a while ago, asking people why they wanted to quit Adderall. The top answer (by a wide margin) was “To get back a piece of myself that feels lost.

It’s easy to pat yourself on the back for the work that you do on Adderall. You get so much of it done, you’re so good at it, and everyone praises you for it. And yet, you’re not comfortable defining yourself just by the work you’re currently doing. You are more than this. You just haven’t gotten around to showing that other side of you yet. But you will. As soon as you finish this one more glorious Adderall-fueled project.

Most people can hardly suppress their natural passions for a moment, much less a year or more. But you have Adderall, the ultimate anesthetic for natural passion. With Adderall, you can ignore all the things that formerly defined you and shove them back to the dim corners of your heart.

But it is very hard to suppress those passions forever, even with Adderall. You may not think of your natural passions much during your honeymoon phase of taking Adderall, or you may simply reassure yourself that you’ll get back to those other things soon or after a certain goal. But one day it will have been too long, and your natural passions will start to speak up again, and their words will be accusations. “You have abandoned us,” they will whisper.

2. Sometimes you wish you could turn it off

Adderall is good at so many things: Work, school, cleaning, taking notes, organizing — these are all activities where Adderall shines. But what about hanging out and relaxing with friends? What about being affectionate with your significant other? What about all those times when you don’t need to be productive, you just need to be…yourself?

The benefit of Adderall is that it puts you into hyper work mode instantly. The downside is that it doesn’t let you snap out of hyper work mode, even when you desperately want to.

This desire to “turn it off” starts small. You’ll be a situation that makes you think “I kind of wish I wasn’t all tweaked-out on Adderall right now.” And then you start to realize the connection between all of those situations — they’re all times when you need to be yourself, and they’re supposed to be some of the most important parts of your life, but you under-prioritize them because you’re too tweaked-out.

It makes you wonder what life would be like if you prioritized those “being yourself” times like most people do…if you were weighted towards that instead of being weighted towards the other you…the person you are at work.

3. In some ways you regret ever having taken Adderall

It’s hard to realize how much Adderall changes you until you’ve been on it for a while. Adderall creates a different version of you. It alters your personality, your decisions, how you think of yourself, and your approach to life. If you take Adderall for several years, you might be a vastly different person from who you would have been if you hadn’t taken Adderall to begin with.

Some people may be happy about this. They may conclude that they are better now than they would have otherwise been (and if that’s you, then stop reading this website).

But some of you will conclude that you are not better, and fantasize about what life might be like now if you had taken the natural path from the start. But it’s so hard to turn back once your mind has tasted Adderall, and you’re afraid that you can never fully go back to who you were before. You fear that you are forever warped. The only way to be 100% yourself would be to go back in time and skip that first pill, but it’s too late for that now.

4. You wonder what your life would look like if you hadn’t taken that first Adderall

You often think about what your life might look like if you had never taken Adderall, and often conclude that it would look better.

Maybe your work ethic would be ingrained and on-tap at all times, ready to turn on or off at a moment’s notice, instead of having to wait 20 minutes for the pill to kick in, then having to be “on” for at least 4 hours. Your willpower would be hardened and practiced after many hard battles one (instead of leaning on the pills like a willpower crutch).

Maybe you would have been more ruthless about prioritizing your life and sticking to your big goals, more focused on the forest instead of getting lost in the trees. Maybe you’d be a better, stronger person. Maybe your job would be totally different. Maybe your love life would be totally different. Maybe it’s the path you should’ve taken, and the destination you should have met instead of missed.

5. You envy others who are living their life without Adderall.

Maybe this is just me, but I used to look at others who were not on Adderall and envy them for being on a path. I would think “Look at her…building her willpower and work ethic one hard-won task at a time, guided by her passions and mistakes into a life path that suits her. Even her missteps help point her in the right direction. That must be nice. Little does she know that I’m secretly damned, and will be stuck where I am forever.”

Note that I don’t mean to suggest that you envy others who aren’t on Adderall because you feel inferior for “needing it.” If you do need Adderall, and it does help you, then you shouldn’t feel guilty or inferior. People who abuse Adderall (or use it as prescribed but don’t need to) often feel like they’re going sideways in life and cheating, removing themselves from the natural, self-adjusting path that most other people seem to be on. If you feel that kind of envy on a regular basis, then it might be time to try quitting.

 


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