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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.

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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?

  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.

  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