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It’s still back to school season and the conversation around Adderall is more relevant than ever. We’re bringing back this important conversation from last year…

Prescriptions are a private matter for most, but we think there should be more open and honest conversations around how to deal when we want to be done. Certified nutrition consultant and holistic wellness coach, Vanessa Fitzgerald, recently opened up on Instagram about her experience with Adderall — read about how she’s managed the mental and emotional roller coaster in today’s story here.

Now 40 days into the effort, Vanessa has quite a few functional tips to share on how she’s dealt with the many side effects she’s experienced in detoxing from the drug. Explore the lifestyle changes, supplements and rituals that have helped her to reduce the distress of detox and kick her Adderall habit for good…

When I went to quit Adderall, I found the most helpful thing, to begin with, was to educate myself on withdrawal, the drug and what this particular medication does to my brain and body. I learned that my brain has to now learn how to produce dopamine and serotonin on its own, and during this process I might feel down or anxious. I also knew that I had burned out my adrenals, which are largely responsible for our sleep/wake cycles, so lethargy and bouts insomnia were to be expected. Last but not least, I had a fear that my metabolism may slow down without Adderall constantly speeding things up, so I wanted to make sure I was on top of my weight management.

Here are a few of my quick tips and tricks that helped with the following symptoms…

Feelings of Anxiety + Depression

RestWe often mistake being tired for feeling depressed, so sleeping eight to nine hours, especially during the first month, is crucial.

Classical Music. Classical music is shown to enhance dopamine secretion, boost memory and help with the ability to learn new information. It’s also calming to the nervous system, unlike some other forms of music that may be a bit too jarring during withdrawal.

MovementWhile your body may be feeling lethargic, it’s important to force yourself to get outside and, at the very least, go for a long walk. We all know that exercise, especially high intensity exercise, secretes serotonin and dopamine. If you’re having trouble motivating, phone a friend! Have them come scoop you up and go sweat it out together.

Ashwaghanda. This adaptogen helps balance your hormones and stabilize your mood. Taking it as a supplement worked really well for me especially during periods of anxiety and panic.

Min Chex from Standard Process. Typically you have to get this supplement from a holistic healthcare practitioner, but I’ve recently noticed it on Amazon. This supplement is a life saver when it comes to experiencing feelings of anxiety, panic, sadness or depression.

GABA. This is a calming neurotransmitter in the brain, critical for relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety and, most of all, encouraging restfulness by making you feel sleepy at night. It is one of the most widely used supplements for helping people overcome stress.

Lethargy + Brain Fog
Vitamin B12. This helps largely with our sleep and wake cycles. Not only does it boost our immune system and give us energy throughout the day, but it also helps with the natural secretion of melatonin (the hormone that regulates sleep).

Lion’s Mane. A functional mushroom, lion’s mane is one of the most effective natural focus remedies I have tried. I doubled the dose to achieve faster results and it helps to lift the fog and focus throughout the day.

Cordyceps. Another functional mushroom, Cordyceps helps with energy, stamina and endurance. I found it especially useful before or after exercising. These single serving packs are great to toss into a purse or gym bag.

Bulletproof Coffee. On days where I really miss that Adderall kick and I need long-lasting energy, I drink a large Bulletproof coffee — learn to make it. The grass-fed butter and MCT oil help fuel my brain with healthy fats, enabling me to focus. These ingredients also help to give the coffee a time-release effect, which can be especially helpful to those who hold an extended release (XR) prescription.

Pantothenic Acid. Also referred to vitamin B5, pantothenic acid supports the production of energy, synthesis of adrenal hormones and carbohydrates/protein metabolism. It’s important to start rebuilding your adrenals since Adderall burns them out.

Rhodiola. An adaptogenic herb, rhodiola helps enhance energy, boost brain power and burn fat. It’s also referred to as “the golden root” for its ability to help you adapt to physical, chemical and environmental stress. Take it as a capsule or as loose powder mixed into tonics or teas.

Weight ManagementGreen Coffee Bean with Svetol. Make sure the green coffee beans you choose contain Svetol. This supplement contains chlorogenic acid, which helps regulate blood glucose levels, encourage fat burning and reduce body mass index. I take one to two of these tablets thirty minutes before meals.

Garcinia Cambogia. Choose GC with HCA. HCA inhibits a key enzyme called citrate lyase, which your body uses to make fat while raising serotonin levels to make you feel less hungry. I take one to two tablets thirty minutes before meals.

Hoodia. This is the only safe and effective appetite suppressant, in my opinion. It helps if you choose one that contains green tea, if you aren’t caffeine sensitive, as this works synergistically with Hoodia, providing faster results. I take one to two of these thirty minutes before each meal with a lot of water.

The Chalkboard Mag and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. 
All material on The Chalkboard Mag is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health related program. 

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  1. The unfortunate part of all this is the author has replaced Adderall with a HUGE number of supplements, none proven by independent research to treat any condition and more importantly, subject to suspect sourcing where some could end up with adulterated products or those with little or no active ingredients. These kind of suspect supplements are all over Amazon and other online retailers. I would be extremely cautious and recommend working with your doctor or therapist to monitor and assist in drug tapering to minimize withdrawal symptoms.

    Phillip Dampier | 05.16.2018 | Reply
    • poor Phillip. Many of the supplements listed have been proven in case studies to do exactly what she is posting. They are natural remedies. There are reputable brands.on Amazon, many of which you can find lab work(independent review) on sites like consumerlab. It’s best to check your facts before posting, Phil.

      MoreInformedThanPhilly | 05.16.2018 | Reply
      • Thank you for this article. I have add and depression and am familiar with or have tried most of them. I went to a talk on mushrooms last night and bought Lions Mane. Phillip, Drs. have not been any help, they would prefer to keep people on drugs. Most are clueless about natural products. I know my body better than any physian. Though I have met some incredible Naturopaths, Nutritionists and Homeopaths that have helped.

        Lori Gayle | 05.16.2018 | Reply
  2. Good article. Thank you for sharing. I’ve had success with a few of the noted supps. My question is regarding the 3 weight loss supps ….do you take all of them, every day?

    Loli | 05.18.2018 | Reply
  3. Lion’s Mane is legit! It’s acts as a natural nootropic and has proven neuroregenerative properties. It definitely helped improved my cognitive function and depression.

    Julia | 08.26.2018 | Reply
  4. How many of each when? Are all these supposed to be taken everyday? Decided to stop this Ish for good and have all the supplements in my amazon cart ready to go just would like to know how and when to take them. And did you stop cold turkey or ween off?

    Anna Jo Vollmer | 10.08.2018 | Reply
  5. I would like to know that as well on how and when to take each of the supplements listed.

    SYLVIA NMN LAGUNAS | 10.09.2018 | Reply
  6. I am thirdly interested in the doses and frequencies! Seems like a lot to take daily tho.

    hannah | 11.08.2018 | Reply
  7. I’m hesitant to believe the author actually took Adderall – can one really compare Adderall XR to coffee?

    Sam | 11.12.2018 | Reply
  8. yeah. I think she is full of shit TBH. She just thought of a clever way to carve out a niche in the oversaturated “holistic health influencer” market. In one of her vids on YouTube she said something about resisting the urge to take her usual 5mg adderall dose. So maybe she was on adderall, but a baby dose ? She also falls short on her list of supplements and the emphasis of dopamine depletion being a HUGE source of fatigue.

    I call bullshit. I watched her “journey” and she never seemed depressed, ravenous, zapped of energy or unmotivated. I have never met a long term adderall user who quit cold turkey and didn’t feel like complete crap. Her vids show her acting totally zen and normal with perfect hair and glowy skin from day one of her detox. I don’t like to post negative stuff like this, but I think she is creating false hope for those who would like to quit adderall and feel amazing in only 40 days.
    She’s good at marketing. The recovery stuff is bullshit

    Laura | 07.02.2019 | Reply
  9. well..Laura…. speak for yourself.

    I am five months clean of adderall/vyvance because I too woke up one day and let the anger and sadness about my addiction be felt. My story is much like Vanessa’s. Uppers are easier to come off of. It still isn’t easy though. every day is a day to be better than the last. The addiction transformed into a battle for true strength. It is not for the faint of heart. She had a passion to get better and share that with the world. The world needs people like Vanessa, and less people like Laura’s negative ass.

    Kay | 07.16.2019 | Reply
  10. I don’t blame Laura for seeming negative, I am currently fighting some real health problems because of these ‘amphetamine salts’ I’ve lost almost 30 pounds in 2/3 months. have THEE WORST stomach aches, zero appetite, I’m so irritable and depressed feeling. When I don’t take the Adderall I am so lethargic it’s like I would rather hide from the wholeworld and just lay down. Unfortunately I have two kids so I am in a tough spot. Even my regular dose, I still feel tired so it’s apparent that I now have a tolerance. Can I afford all those helpful supplements, no. So I understand the bitter ones that are in withdrawal. The author may NOT have been addicted to Adderall, but she has some good advice on how to get off and some factual info on how it messes with your serotonin/dopamine. Any help getting off this stuff is appreciated!

    Mikey | 09.03.2019 | Reply
  11. Mikey – not medical advice in the slightest – but why not talk to your Dr. about starting a taper program. If cold turkey seems too overwhelming then go a different route. Still you can utilize the info here when/if it is useful.

    Confucious say, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

    Slow, steady, do basics like drink a lot of water, yoga, meditate (all free by the way). Journal about your emotions and thoughts to lessen their hold on your mind. Set an intention deep in your being to merge to a new path. Do yoga nidra. Pray for help.

    Taper. Taper…little by little. Practice, breath deep, sleep. Repeat.

    Om Phat | 09.07.2019 | Reply
  12. Thank you so much!! I stumbled across this post about a month ago while I was researching how to quit Adderall. I know everyone is different but here’s my story in a nutshell:
    I had been taking 30mg XR + 10 mg IR daily for almost 6 years for my ADHD and felt it was no longer working. I wasn’t too happy about being addicted to a drug that made me sick when I didn’t take it and also became concerned about long term health effects. My doctor wanted to prescribe a higher dose, but when my current prescription ran out and I was having a hard time filling it at my pharmacy due to a shortage I decided to quit again. Though it isn’t recommended I was forced to quit cold turkey. This was my 4th time trying to quit and each time prior I ended up back on Adderall after about 3 days due to severe withdrawal symptoms. When I quit I had lots of confusion, lethargy, brain fog, hunger, depression and mood swings and craved my meds. This time however; as recommended in this article; I bought and started taking Lion’s Mane, Ashwaghanda, Garcinia Cambogia, Green Coffee Bean , Panothenic Acid, B12, Cordyceps (in the coffee packet) and Omega 3 supplement daily and am happy to say I am 1 month clean…plus I had no severe withdrawal symptoms! After about 2 weeks I felt better and more focused than I have in a long time and it is getting better daily I think there is something to this as an alternate ADD treatment, especially the neuro shrooms. The only downside is that I started dieting around the same time and seem to be gaining weight instead of losing; even though I am following a strict diet/exercise routine. (I don’t think the Garcinia Cambodia/green coffee bean is helping ). Hopefully my metabolism normalizes and that changes soon! Any tips on that more than welcome . Thanks again!

    Vikki | 09.24.2019 | Reply
  13. Also, L-Glutamine, an amino acid helps with numerous addictions. I would suggest various tonic herbs to clear up the body and mind. Saunas, etc for detox.

    Christianne | 10.08.2019 | Reply
  14. I found a vitamin store going out of business and got **most** of these supplememts at 80 to 90% off.. I take 54mg am and 18mg around 3pm.. I try to take a week off every 2 to 3 months.. To reduce the tolerances and detox my body. Also try adding 1 supplement a week/biweekly or monthly.. I would discuss a taperbprogram with your Dr.. Ask ypur pharmacist about any drug or supplement you can think of (as long as they aren’t too busy/ customers pay the bills)
    Any ?s please find me online or if I notice a reply here I’ll do my best to help..

    Jamin Duell | 10.21.2019 | Reply
  15. I quit cold turkey after taking 30 mg. adderall XR for 5 years. I take many of the supplements listed above, but the numbere one thing that helped me for the extreme fatigue crash I experienced was 200 mg. Modafinil. While this may appear as replacing one drug with another, Modafinil is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance with low addiction potential, compared to Adderall which is a Schedule II, with addictive potential.
    Since it is not addictive, and not a cash cow, doctors are not as likely to prescribe it (my cynicism showing through!). However there are several Indian pharmacies you can purchase from, the brand I like is Modalert from Sun Pharma. BTW, don’t necessarily believe the FDA propaganda that drugs from a foreign source are bad, I recently saw on the national news that 40% of all generic drugs are made in India!
    My other go-to supplement was DLPA, an amino acid. It is the precursor to tyrosine, but works better for increased dopamine and mood support, and an analgesic as well!
    I understand how those above feel, the Adderall withdrawal crash is real and a difficult thing to go through.

    Mike3497 | 10.23.2019 | Reply
  16. I have taken large doses of adderall for years…..I quit for months at a time …..(.5 mg…geez….that would get lost in my cavity…)..then with lots to do and me not getting it done ….I will start up again…I quit when it starts taking too many to get me there or when I start acting gooffy…..When i decide to quit….i will grab the calendar and plot out when i have at least 2 weeks where i dont have anything important to do….i know i am going to sleep and eat….i am gonna hate everyone…laze around and each day will be better and after about 10 or 12 days …I will be good to go….being off them and straight is gonna be a new high …( for a short while)….I take some vitamins …I walk a bit on my treadmill….but one little trick I use ….I take those prescription allergy pills while I am coming off….like 12 hour allegra…( a have allergies) they give u a small boost …as a substitute …and in the beginning of my cleanup …I need them …gotta take one …but after a a couple weeks I forget a about them as well….I start to feel like my old self…maybe I am fooling myself by saying I quit quite a few times when I started up again after a while…but they are useful….sometimes

    James leone | 12.04.2019 | Reply
  17. It’s a lot lot like trying to quit smoking cigarettes. Keep trying and eventually it will happen. Although I’ve managed to stop many times for a few weeks I always went back. For some reason this time I don’t want them anymore. Hope this feeling lasts for me. On Adderall I don’t do anything pleasurable. I really like being me again. I’ve quit this time taking 1/5 of a suboxone strip. Idk if suboxone is the reason or what but it worked for me.

    Happy | 12.06.2019 | Reply
  18. Just like James eventually after a week or two I just forgot about or didn’t need the sub ozone anymore.

    Happy | 12.06.2019 | Reply
  19. Well I am on day 12 of no adderall…..and quite frankly it was pretty easy so far….I had been taking a prescribed dose for about a year and then adding to it when 30 mg just wasnt cutting it any longer…( at least 4x that a day )…the final straw was Sunday a couple weeks ago….I took (6) 30 mg footballs and never got out my recliner…I said to myself …..Your an idiot ….what’s the point…….I am only relating my experience because I think the people out there really wanting to quit can read my account and right away know I am telling it like it is……I am taking 1 Allegra -d 12 hour allergy and congestion tablet a day….the first week I took 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon but I had a hard time sleeping and melatonin gummies make me dream sci-fi like….a couple more days and I will stop those….I have been taking B complex and multi vitamins….walking a little….that’s about it.. .I am happier…more friendly……and to you guys still trying to quit….do it. …….Go to your calendar.. .pick out a couple weeks where you can lay around …eat ,nap, hate everyone…..and mark the days off on your wall……when you get to 10…you will be feeling great …your old self again…..Dont be a wuss….go do it…

    James leone | 01.16.2020 | Reply
  20. Day 16 ….and yesterday I was feeling good enough to dump my stash…..I find it easier to quit when I have a few hidden away just in case……I am the king

    James leone | 01.21.2020 | Reply
  21. All useful. However I am on a lot a higher dose and am now scared. I can take as much as 120 mags a day. I have too guilt many times. 9 days seems to get me back to normal . I am looking for assistance with what to take naturally. I can’t take allergy meds as it makes me feel a strange wired feeling, ick.
    I am very grateful for any advice on vitamins and such

    Allie | 01.24.2020 | Reply
  22. Allie, I’m like you.. I have a RIDICULOUS TOLERANCE!! and I’ve been doing this for alot of years..theres no “high” anymore..no cleaning sprees or monumental accomplishments, nope, just a shit ton of money to stave of the EXTREME fatigue and other withdrawal symptoms. I’m a breakfast waitress, constantly multi tasking and dealing with people ..the mother of a 10 year old and I need a better life for MYSELF and my SON. Not my first rodeo either, done it more than once but always seem to go back. I was looking for a plan ..since theres no medical/ rehab protocol to get off stimulants which I dont understand but I need to do this at home. I’m cool with cannabis but cant seem to find the right combo there either…sigh.

    Heather | 03.07.2020 | Reply
  23. If you have gotten this far in your reading you probably have found little to none tricks that work other than just basic law suit free methods. Here are some tips that work for me but I will put them in category because its important to remember adderall is not just addicting to the mind but the body as well and it obviously effects social behavior that’s why it works so well for people who have adhd. I will put the hows and whys after the tip.

    1. Remember that adderall is a controlled substance and that not a lot of your friends have the same diagnosis you do. ADHD is rare but a lot of people abuse the medication to become hyper. What I am saying is don’t feel terrible that you took adderall in the first place. Adderall is a wonderful medication that makes a difference in children and adults life so that they can live and work jobs and not be bullied in the workplace for not listening or reading or walking around to much, with that being said the demands from the doctor to obtain the prescription can be extreme and complicated making it difficult for you to manage your disease in the first place. If you have been taken off your medication try not to give up on your goal to manage your disease because it requires a determined patient.
    2. Don’t feel bad if you made a mistake and lost your medicine. ADHD is a disease of a human. Humans are not perfect and so if you have relapsed or found yourself hospitalized or lost your medication etc. try to remember your human and your are allowed to make mistakes. However if the doctor is not willing to write your prescription after a one time mistake than you are looking at a the way modern medicine is these days and don’t take it personal or beat yourself up over it. It wont help your ADHD to shame yourself and give up. Doctors are always under the microscope from not only the government but billing and keeping you on medication after a mistake can lead to an easy lawsuit if your injured. It’s just not worth it to them. Look for a provider that specializes in psychiatry. Offer to drug test and do pill counts. Don’t give up hope.
    3. Talk to your family about your disease. Believe it or not more people are attuned to your disability than you realize. Show them you are comfortable and knowledgeable about your social behavior skills without your medicine. It might help to inform certain people your going to be off your medicine. Make a list of symptoms that you will have when your off your medicine. Write down behavior changes you think others will see and decide how you willl deal with them when they arise. Example: I often get up and walk around when I am off my medicine, something I can do is let others know that I have a disability that causes me to have a short attention span for sitting. I can apologize and ask for a designated walking or standing space.

    All the above
    Exercise. Before and after the end of your medicine. The more you exercise the better your body will adjust all around. This is the strongest advice.

    Eat healthy during the before and aftermath. Chances are you will eat to manage the disease since ADHD is a major life changing disease. It will feel better that your body is already in healthy mode before you gain weight.

    Practice self awareness skills. Dr Dan Siegel has great advice as well as Brene Brown. Remember your the one in the “arena” fighting for a better life. Don’t let stigma and poorly educated masses bully you into getting depressed. You might want to try anti depressants and a non adhd medication. Depression can be genetic and it can be acute. The loss of medication to help your lifestyle can be crushing. Dont let people blame adderall as “perfect drug”. People with ADHD suffer tremendously and its no secret they preform at the highest function when on the medication. That is what the medication is for, so they can function at there best.

    At a end note. No wonder our economy is low and jobs are scarce if you get my jist. Our economy is nothing but game of hide and seek and race to the top. No one likes to see others do amazing and creativity and hard work dont pay off usually. On a good note it is important to realize that if you are going to preform better and are going to take medication for ADHD you are not going to be perfect and in fact you have a great responsiblity to keep your chin up and know that other people need help understanding behavior disabilities too. Other people have behavior reactions to others disabilities and when they see change in your behavior it can be scary. Staying calm and being yourself but being open and honest with discretion and keeping in mind who your audience is can be a game changer. Like Eddie Murphy says, we are the world. In the case we are the future for the cure as well.

    Claire | 05.16.2020 | Reply
  24. I feel your pain you guys. It’s been 7 months and I’m still struggling. These days I’m just zoned out. Depression is kicking in pretty hard. I’m looking for some alternative meds as I haven’t found an antidepressant that has helped. There’s a website you should check out that gives a lot of insight/ advice that has helped me understand my addiction. I was lucky to have found it. forum.quittingadderall.com

    Tamara | 07.22.2020 | Reply
  25. Hey,

    So maybe I missed this but can anyone say, or does she say how much Adderrall EXACTLY that she was taking daily? And what kind/ only Adderall: Adderrall IR, Adderrall XR, Vyvanse, all 3? And please, the DOSAGES.

    Following that, once she decided to quit, how much of each supplement she mentions did she take: initially, a week in, stayed the same forever until now, took x amount at first and z amount or none now? These are the sort of specifications I can’t seem to find anywhere so unfortunately while I’m very happy for Vanessa, I’m always left feeling absolutely and completely sick-hopeless because, like others have mentioned- call it rude, unsupported, bitter or real I have no judgment towards anything said here- it does seem easier for her than others (speaking for myself in this group). I so, so desparately want help but cannot seem to deal even a little with the withdrawal. It’s living hell. And articles like this without specific information and advice (dosages of everything) just make me feel weak and make getting off stimulants on my own seem so far out of reach and unlikely.

    If I missed where all this is mentioned please share!! Or if anyone has any insight into “substitution ratios” so to speak- based off of how much, how many different kinds, which ones etc. of stimulant(s) you were on, and how much of what supplement(s) (also when/ what time of day for each one) to take as a “substitute” to manage I would appreciate any advice! Thank you. Congrats yall who have done it much love.

    Fox | 09.01.2020 | Reply

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