My Battle With Focalin Addiction, Advice Needed!!!

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Jeremy Says:

Mark, I appreciate your comments and am in your boat as well. It has been a difficult situation to discuss with anyone. This has been going on, off and on, with me since I started my undergrad in 2000. I have been able to stop for short periods at times because I force myself to do so. I have stopped taking it a few times for more than a month or so. But it's always been during a break between my education or something. Now I am graduating with my second Post-Grad degree. I know I have to focus on living a more regimented life now and that this behavior is not only unsustainable and costly, it can be deadly. I have gotten to the point at times where I stay up for long periods. This has even led me to desire alcohol and to smoke like a phen when I take it. I don't think other people around me have any idea of the problem. I am scared to talk to my Doc as well. I wondered if you had had other related habits that went with your Focalin addition? In any case, I guess we all just have to face the reality at some point and take steps to cure the problem. Honestly, that could even come with explaining that you need a few weeks off to deal with a family issue. I've done that before. Usually that was enough time to get myself off the med and back at some functional level. When I've done that, other stimilants suffice to keep you concentrated to some extent. In my experience, I begin to feel the effects of coffee again. I am going to be dealing with this in very short order because it is necessary to the wrest of my life success. Hopefully, once I'm in a more regimented professional environment, I will have a greater ability to accomplish a job that has my interest. I would suggest for you that you pledge to do the same. Take that time to deal with your disease. You don't need to necessarily explain it to your employer. Tell them that you will be needing a few weeks off in the near future because you need to take care of a loved one or something while their caretaker takes a trip. I know that's not an honest thing to do, but, in this situation, you don't need to go back to a professional office where people know you have been battling an addiction. Then, you just have to keep on keepen on with the regular modes of life. Your concentration and focus will improve with time and as you get back to a regular routine. In any case, I will likely do the same. Call the doctor and tell them you are moving, that you no longer want the medication. That way it will take a lot of effort to get a new prescript (and you won't have the concentration to do it, lol). I obviously am not the best advice giver on this topic. I know I can overcome this, though. You just have to know that and make it happen because your life depends on it, I guess. I will make my pledge to that. Anyway, I cannot tell you how much I appreciated reading your entry and realizing I am not alone.

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Nancy Says:

Thank you for posting this - I have a boy that sounds like you. I am getting pressure to take the easy route and drug him up. Thank you for showing the reality behind this decision. I will not do it. He is fine the way he is.

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Jeremy, how can I convince my girlfriend's eight year old's father and therapist to not force focalin on him for focusing in second grade. I am blown away by this decision by a professional. He has been diagnosed with in attentive ADHD, just by an evaluation, he gets good grades, and is not so hyper active, I couldn't imagine why a child therapist would prescribe an addictive drug. Can anyone help?

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Nickie Says:
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My dr had me on vyvanse andò it ws pretty good it helped with my depression along with otger meds ..but its noto wht the DRS think it will help but i Like adderall better .. AMD its alot cheaper then vyvanse .. Idk why tht DRS will pur u on somerhing knowing anytime tht ur insura.. Isnt going to agree they try to get by with wht they fan ..

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