The Aftermath, Viable Alternatives to Hardcore ADHD Drugs
(ModafinilExpert's Guide to Quitting Adderall/Ritalin - Part V)
Thus Far -
We've covered what Adderall/Ritalin addiction is all about, factors that can make the process of quitting more difficult, and who would benefit from quitting cold turkey in Part I
We talked about how exactly you go about tapering off your dosage via the "slow and steady approach" in Part II
We covered the two biggest obstacles that stand between you and freedom (and what you can do about them) in Part III
We went over exactly what steps you can take to make this process easier on yourself and boost your odds of success in Part IV
In Part V, I'll leave you with my closing thoughts on this and discuss viable alternatives that actually work, and won't screw up our mind and body.
Quitting your ADHD medication is not enough to cure your ADHD
I am not going to bullshit you guys on this one. Is ADHD treatable? It absolutely is, I am living proof of that.
I can't promise you can be "cured" from it because there's no definitive way of measuring that.
What I can promise is this: Bringing your ADHD under control and minimizing the impact it has on your life is an achievable goal for the vast majority of people. The exception would be if you have some severe neurological medical condition.
If you've been taking Ritalin for 10 or 20 years straight through your childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood, your brain has already underwent a lot changes.
Some degree of permanent damage has been done that cannot be reversed. If you think you're a lost cause or you've screwed yourself up forever, you haven't.
The good news is that no matter how old you are, your brain is incredibly malleable and capable of change. The speed at which it can change decreases with age, but it is still nonetheless capable of change.
In order to do that, you have to understand the root of ADHD.
It is a combination of genetics, drugs, and behavioral training. You have no control over your family history or DNA, but you do have control over what you choose to put into your body and what you do (or don't do) on a daily basis.
Again, how EXACTLY you go about changing your behavior is a very important topic that will be addressed in a future post. I just want to let it be known that it is does matter and drugs are only one part of the equation.
Viable Alternatives to ADHD Drugs that Actually Work (for those that want them)
When it comes to quitting ADHD drugs, there is a big elephant in the room that everyone who has used the drugs is aware of, but is afraid to address. People who haven't used them can't relate because they don't know what it feels like.
Why do people use Adderall or Ritalin in the first place?
BECAUSE IT FUCKING WORKS!!!
You already know that Adderall works and is a 100% legitimate, effective performance enhancer that gets results. The reason you want to quit is because it has some not so ideal side effects that are screwing with your life.
There are plenty of people out there who have become extremely successful through using these drugs (think Wall Street). They may be addicted to them, they may not be.
In a lot of cases, they don't care if they're addicted and are well aware that the medication is causing some negative side effects, but will continue to use them because the reality is, THERE ARE a whole lot of benefits that come along with using it.
They allow you to focus very well for hours and hours at a time without getting distracted. On top of that, it's not easy to recreate the feeling of Adderall or Ritalin with herbals or supplements.
If you're going to try and tell me that Adderall "doesn't work", you either haven't tried it or you're a damn liar.
The problem that I faced, and so many other people face when they come off Adderall or are thinking about coming off Adderall is I was clueless to any good alternatives.
There's a reason I don't do nootropic reviews or fill you up with false hope over some herbal garbage.
99% of nootropics and supplements are absolutely worthless in comparison to real deal performance enhancers like Adderall and Ritalin. I don't give a fuck about hacking myself into "thinking 6.837% clearer" and neither do you. The only thing I care about is seeing tangible real-life results.
A lot of you guys are in law school or work in the corporate world.
You have ambitions and high hopes for yourself and you're going to need to work your ass off to get where you want.
You care about your health and want to preserve your mind and body for as long as you can.
When I was in the process of quitting Ritalin and Concerta, my biggest concern was how on Earth I would go about finding something that could give me results without compromising my health in the long run.
In my search, I came across several drugs and legal supplements that worked quite well. The vast majority of them were "designer drugs" - compounds that are structurally similar to banned substances, yet are free for anyone to purchase due to technically not being banned.
Phenylpiracetam is one of them.
The problem with a lot of these newer supplements is that they DO WORK, but there's very little research on them and nobody knows for sure what the long term effects are.
15 years down the road (or when they inevitably get banned), clinical research may find out that they have some not so pleasant side effects, and could even be WORSE than the usual prescription ADHD drugs.
People used to think that vaping or e-cigarettes were 100% safe as long as they didn't contain nicotine. Up to date research has found that some of the flavoring chemicals that are found in vaping liquids and juices are extremely toxic and linked to lung disease. In the case of these newer designer drugs that claim to have "no side effects", you're taking on an incredible risk if you choose to use them regularly because you're placing all your trust in the manufacturer who has one thing on their mind: taking advantage of a trend and maximizing profits while they can.
I've experimented with various such compounds and continue to do so when new ones come up. However, I'm not going to recommend them to you until I'm 100% convinced that they're safe AND effective.
If you're looking for a safe alternative (as evidenced by many years of clinical research and scrutiny) that actually works, Modafinil is as good as it gets. If something better comes along down the road, you'll be sure to hear it from me
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them on the first page of this guide