Quote from Lucky724
I'm a little confused by the post...if you are legally prescribed the Adderall by a doctor and it helps you - why do you want off of it? Some people need to take medications - for a variety of reasons - for years or life. If it's reached the point you/your doctor want to test the waters without if then there should be a plan in place to come off it - just as there is with antidepressants and most other long term drugs. There would be no reason to tell your coworkers however, if its all above board there is no reason to lie or hide it either.
If you are taking this illegally, then that is a whole different ball game..you are smart enough to know its criminal and you could lose your license. I suggest, like others have, to see your current doctor. If he doesn't know about the Adderall, level w/him - if he does - have him help you formulate a plan to come off it - good luck and don't be ashamed -
Just because you are prescribed medication by a doctor does not mean you can not become chemically dependent or physically addicted
I was prescribed opiates and benzodiazapines very legally by my doctor and became very physically addicted. This is not something you start out hoping to do. However, as your tolerance increases, your dosage increases and your usage...to achieve the desired effect...until you are using the drug to get through the day and not for what it was originally intended. Then you begin to use the drug because you NEED
to use the drug...
The length of time for this to happen, of course varies, but can take years, months or even just weeks. It begins to then take over your life.
You worry all of the time..."will I run out before my script is refillable?"..."if I do, will I go into withdrawal?"...so you also begin to play the game with your doctor..by telling him your pain is increasing (or your focus is still not working)..in hopes he will increase the doses..when that no longer works you start doctor shopping, that's ok as long as the multiple pharmacies you are using for those scripts are not plugged into a data base.
Finally, and this may not happen to all nurses, but it does happen to many, one night or day shift, you look at a waste of morphine or demerol or dilaudid and think "why not?"..."it's only a waste"....
and then ...welcome to the IPN
this may happen only 1 time (like to ME)
or it could go on for years
Three years ago, I never ever believed I would ever be able to function in the real world without the drugs ...now I do not think I was even IN the real world back then.
As I said before, It is so wonderful to be clean, clear headed and sober and I am SO grateful for this gift!
To the OP, If you feel the Adderall is causing a problem...then it IS
a problem. Please get help now.
Do not let the other posters try to convince you that because you have a script it's ok...you are addicted..you are not using it as it was prescribed...you will NOT be able to do this on your own. There is NO "plan to come off it" unless that plan includes a safe detox program. Talk to your Dr, but seek help with an Addictions specialist.
The sooner you do it, the sooner you will be "on the other side"...trust me, I know.
God Bless you and guide you in this decision.