Adderall is the brand name for a prescription medication traditionally used to treat the symptoms of ADHD and Narcolepsy. More specifically, Adderall is composed of two amphetamines, which are central nervous system stimulants.
Despite the wonderful effect it imparts on users, Adderall is a sensitive medication that must be administered precisely. If a user is reckless in administering the drug, then drug tolerance can result, which can lead to a number of other health complications.
Tolerance is when you must take more of the drug in the future in order to achieve the same effects. Essentially, it stems from depletion of the brain’s dopamine and norepinephrine stores.
In this article, we discuss what to do in case you have built up a tolerance to Adderall. Many users find themselves in this situation, which represents the beginning stages of addiction. We will walk you through what to do in order to return to a state of health and wellbeing.
Causes and Prevention of Adderall Tolerance
These factors influence Adderall tolerance and are good to keep in mind as preventatives.
1. Take Supplements
Natural supplements like vitamin C, Zinc, and Magnesium can help to prevent Adderall tolerance. Vitamin C is a dopamine regenerative which means you will not suffer from as much depletion when you take Adderall. Magnesium is another great way to keep tolerance from building up. The way to increase Adderalls ability to work while decreasing your dose is by taking vitamin supplements about ten to thirty minutes before you take your medicine dose.
Some other great supplements to take are L-Theanine, which helps with the buildup of tolerance as well as with reducing anxiety, irritability, and paranoia. Something simple you can do if you are not looking to go out and buy a supplement right now is take a half a teaspoon of baking soda and a glass of water, then mix it in. This will help to take down your stomach acid, and it will help make the Adderall more impactful on your symptoms.
The great thing about vitamin supplements is that they will never harm you, and they will not have an impact on Adderall negatively as taking other medications simultaneously will. If you are looking for supplements that will help you come down from Adderall and sleep well, Vitamin C afterward is excellent for absorption and melatonin is a natural sleep inducer.
Taking vitamin supplements with your Adderall doses is a game changer and can prevent tolerance while taking the need for a high amount down. As we have seen above, vitamin supplements can even take the edge off Adderall by helping your body provide what you need and therefore not being entirely dependent on the drug.
2. Neuroprotective Agents and Antioxidants
If the supplements listed above do not help, it may be more of a problem with neurotoxicity or oxidative stress. If it is either of these things, the following agents and antioxidants may help, as well as some simple lifestyle changes.
Things like hydration, eating well, taking on less stress, and sleeping well are all good ways to get the best experience out of taking Adderall, as well as excellent preventatives to gaining tolerance. These things are not just crucial after the tolerance or addiction has already come on (as we will see later on in this article).
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is good for the brains improvement of learning, memory, and mood. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is great for lowering blood sugar and reducing nerve damage in the peripheral neuropathy. Curcumin, which is found in Tumeric, is great for anti-inflammatory uses as well as a good antioxidant. Creatine is good for muscle recovery and giving energy bursts. CoQ10 is a great antioxidant and has other health benefits.And finally, Glutathione reduces oxidative stress, reduces cell damage, and much more.
Thankfully, there are so many natural options to use alongside Adderall that do not give side effects but help your body function optimally.
There are plenty of factors that can influence and ultimately lead to Adderall tolerance such as dosage, personal factors, frequency, length of time, and co-ingested medicines.
The higher the dosage, the quicker the tolerance takes place. This is why it's vital that you are only taking the amount that's absolutely needed. It is good to take the minimal effective dosage as long as it is managing your symptoms. This way, you will not quickly build a tolerance. A good rule of thumb is to start low. Jumping into high does from the beginning builds up a tolerance too fast instead of taking low doses which allow for gradual uphill building.
2. Personal Factors
Individual variables need to be considered when we are talking about Adderall tolerance. Things like genetics, mental health, diet, stress levels, and sleep quality all matter. A healthy person is much less likely to have a dopamine deficiency when taking Adderall, meaning tolerance comes on at a much slower pace.
The amount you are using this drug matters in terms of intolerance, naturally. The time between doses should be as long as possible. The more time you are drug-free and allow your body to level out normally, the less likely you are to become tolerant or addicted. Any medicine you take should be an aid, not a substitute for normal functioning.
4. Length of Time
The timespan in which you take Adderall matters, especially if you are taking the same exact dose for weeks or months or years at a time. Taking this drug as needed, or taking regular breaks from it, are good ways to delay this tolerance build up process. If you are taking it every single day for long periods of time with no regular breaks, you may be headed in the wrong direction. This is an easily fixable problem if breaks are taken between doses or if you use this drug as nothing more than a booster instead of a replacement for what your body is meant to do.
Many drugs and supplements you can take with Adderall have the ability to speed up or slow down the tolerance process. It is important to talk to your doctor about what drugs you are going to be taking alongside this one, if any, for this very reason. There are drugs and supplements that can even prevent this negative outcome, so this being a negative or a positive thing really depends on what you are taking!
The last one is pretty obvious: don't abuse Adderall. If you do, you are likely to increase your intake to get the same effects and this can lead to so many negative symptoms. Things like restlessness, mood swings, trouble thinking, panic attacks, anxiety, issues breathing, heart palpitations, tremors, fatigue, fevers, hallucinations, seizers, and so much more can be the result of too much intake. Don't let it get to this point! Follow the preventative steps listed above to make sure you are maintaining healthy doses that continue to work over long periods of time.
Take a Day Off (For Heaven’s Sake)
First things first, take a day off from Adderall.
Sometimes that’s all the body needs in order to reset. More importantly, during that day off, you should reset your mind.
Use the day not only as a break from Adderall by also as an opportunity to reflect on your relationship to the synthetic drug. In this sense, you’re not really taking a break from Adderall, just interacting with it in a more abstract way.
This is still beneficial of course, for our ideas are what fuel our future actions. If you want to kick your Adderall tolerance, you will need to start with your ideas.
It can be difficult to change your ideas about a drug when your ideas are being influenced by the drug itself. Thus, taking a day off can allow your sober mind to take over and analyze your relationship to Adderall. This tends to be a more objective analysis.
Drink Lots (and Lots) of Water
Your system is likely overwhelmed by Adderall and could use the day off in order to cleanse itself as much as possible.
Adderall doesn’t stay in your system that long and drinking lots of water will certainly expedite its clearance. This should influence your Adderall tolerance somewhat.
Mainly, drinking lots of water will help set the stage for a new course of action going forward. It’s that course of action that will truly address the problem of your Adderall tolerance.
We recommend filtering your water at the very minimum and avoiding drinking out of plastic. Ideally, you should drink not only regular water but some kind of caloric water like coconut water. Coconut milk would also be great if you wanted to ground yourself.
If you drink the milk that animals usually use to breastfeed their children, then some kind of local raw cow’s milk could be a good option for getting some beneficial enzymes and bacteria back into your system.
Some Adderall users do a water fast for an extended period of time. This can be highly beneficial for returning to a state of health. Additionally, you can reflect on your Adderall usage patterns during the fast and make any changes to your future behavior.
Some users find that they want to continue using Adderall but in a different way. Others suddenly feel inspired to give it up. Regardless of what you choose, you will need to reorient yourself, and taking at least a day off to drink tons of water is a great first step in that direction.
Make Adjustments to Your Diet
In addition to consuming plenty of water, you should also eat lots of fruit in your time off from Adderall.
Fruits are full of the sweetest kind of water in nature. Not only will they satisfy your cravings for Adderall, but they will nourish your body with valuable minerals and vitamins. Many users who develop Adderall tolerance are deficient in vitamins and minerals. This is because they have ignored their body’s callings for certain substances for so long.
Once you start eating more fruits, you will gradually realize that your body loves sweet juicy foods. You will no longer have to ignore your body’s cries for carbohydrates.
In addition to fruits, you should eat plenty of light greens, like spinach, arugula, romaine, and green lettuce to name a few.
Try incorporating as many raw vegetables as possible but make sure they are tender and delicious. Don’t eat raw broccoli or cauliflower, as this will overwhelm your system when it’s trying to reset and rejuvenate. Red bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, zucchini – these are all ideal choices for your time off.
As long as you fill your diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, you shouldn’t have to worry about making any other dietary decisions. Fruits and vegetables are so powerful that they will influence your consciousness in a positive direction. If you simply surrender to their wisdom, your life will be transformed, and the problems associated with your Adderall tolerance will soon vanish.
Breathe and Meditate and Appreciate
You can facilitate your independence from Adderall not only by adding things to your life but by taking things away.
Try being still for just an hour. Find a comfortable place, preferably outside if the weather is groovy and your spirit is amenable. Alternatively, a comfortable blanket or couch inside would work. Simply assume the most natural position possible and close your eyes.
Focus only on your breathing, gradually slowing your heart rate. Don’t try to control your thoughts. Just let them flow however they want to. Eventually you will realize that you are not only your thoughts. They are a part of you, yes. But they are not only you. You are something more, something deeper and larger and intangible.
In this space of stillness and introspection, take some time to appreciate what is positive in your life. Do this not through words but through images, visualizing everything that you love. Try to go through your life meticulously, pointing out what it is you value, what would cause you pain if you lost it.
You will soon realize that everything you love is transient, that everything you love could also cause pain and suffering if altered in some way.
This is because all life is transient. Change is the only certainty. Often, when we get into a pattern of abusing Adderall, and we develop a tolerance, it’s because we want to assert more control over the world. The amount of control we have is not enough. We want more and controlling our dose of Adderall becomes a way of imposing our will on the world.
Sometimes all we need is to engage in a meditation on transience, love, and control, like the one we just presented. This will lead to us realizing that our need for control is connected to our denial of death. We deny that we won’t live forever because that allows us to maintain some fabulous illusions in the present. But all illusions must be burned away eventually.
In the ashes of these illusions lies enlightenment, and in that enlightenment, the path forward will reveal itself.
Ask for Help from Someone
Sometimes enlightenment also consists of admitting that we need help.
This is nothing to be ashamed of, for the earth is one interconnected being. You are not below anyone nor is anyone above you.
Some users who develop Adderall tolerance have other addictions that need to be treated. Some of these users are in such a bad state that they need to go to a drug rehabilitation facility in order to manage their withdrawal symptoms.
If you think this is the case, then it can be helpful to start this process by simply talking to someone else.
Simply opening up about your thoughts on Adderall can be a way of asking for help. You don’t even have to admit your fears and anxieties. You can just talk to someone you trust about the topic of Adderall.
Trust that expression and honesty will lead to redemption, rejuvenation, and rebirth.
Our Final Thoughts on Adderall Tolerance
We think that building up a tolerance to Adderall is very possible in modern society due to so much pressure to succeed.
Many individuals end up abusing drugs in order to make themselves more productive. Even though they might get paid more money, their health suffers as a result.
Adderall tolerance can lead to all kinds of undesirable outcomes, like being addicted to more dangerous stimulants like Meth.
Furthermore, Adderall tolerance means that each Adderall experience you do have is dulled and insufficient. Since Adderall often masks the symptoms of many mental illnesses, sometimes Adderall tolerance can lead to the surfacing of some of these symptoms. This can wreak havoc on your life if you’ve been reliant on Adderall for a while.
The truth is that long-term Adderall usage has not been studied enough. It’s unclear if Adderall tolerance will inevitably result from long-term usage. This might be a reality you have to accept.
Regardless of what happens, there’s so much more to life than Adderall. Perhaps that’s the entire point of this experience.
The universe wants you to know there is so much more to life to explore. Just take the first step.
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