July was a pretty hard month for me, so apologies for a delay in this portion. July was an emotional roller coaster for me. Aside from personal issues, my family suffered a terrible loss with the murder of my cousin. That being said, let’s get into part 3 of this story.
April 28th, 2022 was the last day I took my Adderall prescription. This is huge, because I never thought I would be strong enough to rid myself of this monotonous habit. I didn’t do it alone, because I would not have been able to do so successfully. Without my mothers help, will, and guidance I would have failed. I would also like to thank my Step-Father Javier for having the patience and being by my mothers side throughout all the chaos. Without them, I would have continued on my downward spiral until I gave up, or the medicine killed me. Now that I have the ability to look back at my life, I can see how close to death I really was.
As I had mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2 of this story, I had been seeing a psychiatrist for over a decade. For the first eight years, I had a therapist I had gained a strong rapport with. I trusted this individual as they knew everything about me. Around august of 2020, When making my quarterly appointment, I was told that my doctor had retired. I was given the option of staying with this office and continuing with the only other psychiatrist there. Given the pandemic, nearly all other offices were not accepting new patients. I had no choice but to continue with the psychiatrist they had available. This new doctor did not care about me, and was just cashing in a paycheck. All sessions went by phone only due to shutdowns. They had a video call option, but wanted to charge more for the visit. The only relationship I had with my “Doctor” was that he was essentially my supplier. Hell, he kept me on Ambien for nearly a year and blindly filled my Adderall prescription every month. In February of 2022, I Informed him I would like to stop taking my Adderall within the year and he fought me on it. A little over two months later, the office was unreachable. I could not fill my prescription, and was forced to quit cold turkey. I didn’t know it then, but it was one of the best things to ever happen to me.
It’s been over three months since the last time I had any Adderall. Thinking about it now, and its absolutely insane how clear headed I feel. I actually feel alive and excited about the future. I still have my days where I do get down, the difference is I’m able to better pinpoint why I feel the way I do. From there, I’m able to change why and how I feel by working through my feelings and emotions in the way that works best for me. Adderall would allow me to only work and focus on one thing at a time, blocking out everything else. Years of doing this set up my downfall, I just wasn’t aware. I THOUGHT I was fine, I THOUGHT I had things under control, I THOUGHT I was better than I really was. The truth was, It was all a façade. That’s the power of addiction, I was a zombie slowly eating away at my own brain.
I’ll do another entry soon on what withdrawal was like and my experience so far. At this point in time, I have the ability to look back and what my life was like with a truly healthier perspective. I can now look inside the box I was trapped in, and rejoice in the feeling of my newly found freedom. I no longer have to plan my days around Adderall or fear running out and breaking down. I’m still recovering, and trying my best to be better involved with friends, family, and myself. I KNOW I’m doing better, because I’m truly optimistic on what comes next for me and the people I love.