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Old 09-26-04, 12:16 PM
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new to adderall with questions

Hi, I have 17 years clean and sober. I have just been put on adderall, mostly for weightloss. I'm a little concerned about the addiction factor. I assume that under a drs. care I won't run into any problems. Any advice or input welcome.

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Old 09-26-04, 02:45 PM
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Welcome to the forums. There is quite a bit written within this board that has helped me to lead a better life. I hope you find it comfortable here. If you have any questions just fire away.

Get lots of exercise, read the literature, go to regular meetings and talk to your sponsor regularly.

Failing all that write more and we'll talk about it.

I avoided meds for two years but now use Dexedrine daily and have been for a year.

Talking about your fears and concerns can't hurt your awareness of the risks. Keep the phone number of someone wiser than you in their sobriety handy and use the number before you slip up and fall back. It's cheap insurance.

I have lost the primary requirement for membership in a twelve step program since starting meds.

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Are you saying you lost your desire to stay clean since using the meds? Medication and sobriety is like walking a thin line.

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I am doing many things to help my ADHD so it's tough to state definitively what's having what impact on any given element but yes, I've lost my intersest in remaining clean.

I'll try and work up a thread with some details soon. I've been thinking about doing that for a while.

I'm not scared of it but that's the beauty of addiction, it's sly like a fox. I just did not want you to think that I was clean because I'm not. That said though I'm not spiralling out of control either. I've never taken such care of my food intake and exercise as I am able to do just now.

I want to be able to care for myself. Emotionally I've been a child most of my life. I still can't support myself very well financially. So much has changed in the past year I hardly know where to begin.

I have listened for years about how dangerous cough medicine is for some, or mouth wash, or any number of other triggers. It's intensely personal what is dangerous for anyone. Like I said before, if you have any doubts you should be talking to a specialist in the field.

I have no such doubts myself but I will be the first to acknowledge that there is no precedent for what I'm doing being a good idea. None. So take it seriously if you have some little voice speaking to you from within telling you to be careful about the meds. I would tend to agree that it's not for everyone, and addicts especially should be seeking some support to ensure there is some sober reflection if things don't go well.
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I thought it's quite unusual to be prescribed stimulants for weight loss these days though it was once quite common. One reason is that decreased appetite is usually a short lived side effect.
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