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How to Quit Adderall for Good - A Guide

How to Quit Adderall for Good - A Guide

I’ve watched my partner struggle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for years. As he enters into his busy season at work, he turns to Adderall to get things done. Every day, he wakes up at 5 am, pops a pill, and gets down to business. It was routine, and eventually a habit. After a few months of taking Adderall on a daily basis, I started to notice his personality changes, and he’s not the same person I know so intimately.

During the autumn of 2017, my partner decided to quit Adderall for his upcoming busy season. He didn’t like feeling isolated, and he especially hated the feeling of being strung out. He often described to me that Adderall gave him a feeling of being “high” because, in essence, it was. With a lot of determination, he was able to wean himself off of Adderall with a few helpful tips and tools.

The Problems of Long-Term Adderall Use

How to Quit Adderall

Long-term Adderall dependence changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It’s a stimulant that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, both relatives of other more infamous stimulants like methamphetamine.

Although widely prescribed across the United States to treat an over-exaggerated Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and general Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) pandemic, it's also widely abused. According to statistics provided by the National Alliance on Mental Health, on average 900,000 Americans use Adderall without a prescription, monthly.

Just like my partner reported, the long-term side effects of Adderall are not pretty. Although college kids frequently use Adderall to get through an all-nighter, when taken by someone with ADHD it does actually help them return to “normal.” They can concentrate on the task at hand, they don’t feel constantly drowsy, and they have a persistent motivation to get things done. But, over time the costs start to outweigh the benefits.

On a day-to-day basis, Adderall increases stress, and elevates the heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. As you can imagine, these symptoms can put increased stress on heart health. Long-term use tends to trigger night sweats and, depending on the dose, Adderall can also have a detrimental effect on sleep patterns. Your body feels exhausted but your mind keeps racing. Adderall is also an appetite suppressant, leading some to forget to eat anything.

In my experience, there can be a personality change as well. When taking Adderall, my partner seemed more serious, overconfident, and seemed to have less empathy for other people. These are all traits which I felt were not his “true self” at the time. I’ve since learned this is “normal”; friends and family often become concerned when their loved ones abruptly act differently.

How to Stop Taking Adderall Without Withdrawal Symptoms

How to stop taking Adderall without withdrawal

What I witnessed through my partner’s ordeal is that trying to quit Adderall is challenging. The experience of withdrawal is real to many. Thankfully, we had done our research and prepared in advance for the possible onset of these symptoms.

Common symptoms include anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, lack of motivation, lack of concentration, and many more. In some cases, they can be quite severe.

1. Detox Under the Guidance of a Physician

A severe Adderall addiction is just like any other addiction. Going “cold turkey” may trigger some genuine and very challenging issues. Book an appointment with your family doctor to discuss the possibility of weaning yourself off of Adderall gradually instead of cutting it out completely and immediately. By lowering the dose slowly over time, the symptoms are apparently much easier to manage. It's not such a shock to the system.

2. Manage Withdrawal Symptoms

Insomnia, irritability, depression, and anxiety are all possible during any detox. Instead of trying to manage them as they appear, it's essential to plan ahead. As an example, remove distractions (devices, lights, etc.) from your bedroom before bedtime. Drink a soothing nighttime tea or perhaps consider other herbal supplements to facilitate better sleep. The more you set yourself up for success, the more comfortable the transition will be.

3. Whole Foods Diet and Increased Exercise

Start eating a healthy, well-balanced diet full of fresh fruit, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains as well as less highly refined carbs and sugars. Also, incorporate daily physical activity. It doesn’t have to be agonizing, but even an hour of walking a day will help. Both of these steps serve several purposes: to give your body the supplemental boost it needs to overcome any withdrawal symptoms and also healthy distractions from any cravings or irritability you may experience.

4. Support Network

Trying to quit Adderall without the support of your friends and family may be setting yourself up for disaster. At the very least, have a frank discussion with those around you at the onset. It will let them know what to (possibly) expect. Having someone on your team as you experience any signs of depression, anxiety and irritability are crucial ways to combat isolation to get through the withdrawal more easily.

    How to Quit Adderall with CBD Oil

    How to Quit Adderall with CBD Oil

    Cannabidiol (CBD) helped my partner manage his symptoms during the thick of his withdrawal. We discovered about using CBD for ADHD while scanning Reddit for ways to quit Adderall naturally. According to the discussions we found on Reddit and in other groups, CBD has already helped reduce the severity and length of withdrawal for many people.

    Aside from my partner's anecdotal experience, the available research strongly suggests CBD can be a powerful tool to combat many of the pitfalls of Adderall withdrawal. Most Cannabidiol extract is all-natural and safe to use under almost any circumstances, and easy to incorporate into your regimen as a daily supplement.

    Some of the correlations between Adderall withdrawal and potential CBD oil benefits are:

    • To combat uneasy feelings.
    • Enhancing a feeling of ease and contentedness.
    • Stabilizing mood swings.
    • To reduce possible paroxysm.
    • To dampen cravings for other substances.
    • As an effective sleep aid.
    • and more ...

    Of course, CBD has many other newly-known health benefits, including as an anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseatic, and as an agent for the possible reduction of aberrant cellular growth. 

    RELATED: 9 Health Benefits of CBD Oil Backed by Science

    Importantly, CBD apparently continues to offer support for people with ADHD and ADD even once they’ve successfully weaned themselves off Adderall. My partner still takes it to help with sleep and with stress.

    According to Dr. David Bearman, a leading expert on cannabis usage for ADHD/ADD, attention disorders may stem from an underactive endocannabinoid system. If there is a drought of certain cannabinoids neurotransmissions speed up rapidly because of less communication resistance. A flood of neurotransmissions may trigger obsessions, compulsions, and difficulty in concentrating ... all signs of attention disorders. 

    RELATED: The Many Ways CBD Could Help with ADHD and ADD

    Adderall is often considered a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s possible under the direction of a doctor and with the help of natural supplements like high-quality CBD oil to kick the Adderall habit for good. It's also helpful that CBD can be taken at any point throughout the day because it is neither a powerful stimulant nor a sedative. Thanks to the advice found in this article my partner ended up dosing just before bed to help him calm his nerves, settle his thoughts, and fall asleep.

    Sources:

    https://healthcareinamerica.us/the-truth-about-adderall-and-why-those-who-suffer-from-adhd-are-absolutely-not-lucky-48eb3cde26

    http://quittingadderall.com/bunch-of-random-tips-for-quitting-adderall/

    https://americanaddictioncenters.org/adderall/how-to-quit/

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