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Keep cutting that pill into smaller and smaller halves as much as you have to until you just feel silly, then create an on/off schedule. Then take it down one day at a time until you’re totally off it.
I’ve heard from readers who were able to step-down much faster than 30 days at a time (reader Jillian did the whole process in 4-5 weeks).
Even when you’re down to 2.5mg/day, the placebo effect of taking that pill every morning still matters.
When you’re ready to go without the pill entirely, even if you’re barely taking any as it is….it’s still a big step, psychologically.
It should be pretty painless to stay away from the pills on your days off.
You control your schedule, you can sleep as much as you want, and you can decide what you do and when you do based on how enjoyable it sounds. Plus, this will help you understand that your days off can actually be more enjoyable without the pills, and start to give you a glimpse of the notion that if you could fill your day with fun stuff…you wouldn’t really need the pills at all. The normal Adderall-fueled lifestyle is a roller-coaster of working-like-mad/crashing.
When you choose the step-down method (over cold-turkey), it will take longer to be totally sober, but if you can do it successfully it will be less damaging to your immediate environment (work, relationships, etc), and more healthy in terms of your brain recovering its ability to produce your happy juices on its own.
Really, the step-down method is a great way to go if you can do it successfully. My problem with the step-down method is not that it’s not healthy or not “purist” or something like that — it’s that so few people seem to be able to do it successfully.
When you’re stepping down, you’re still taking a pill everyday.Because the pills disrupt your ability to sleep, it’s hard to keep a consistent sleep cycle, stay late at work lots of days or do homework after school (read: doses that are later in the day). In order to step down properly you will need to keep your daily doses consistent at every level, and you can’t do that if you’re staying late and binging two nights a week. Stop going above-and-beyond (time-wise) every day and taper it down to the schedule that normal people are on.Do everything you can to be able to go to sleep at the same time every night (which means taking your last dose of the day at the same time every day). You need to be arriving at and leaving the office at the same times everybody else is…no more round-the-clock work/all-nighters.It’s important that you take small steps down and take plenty of time to get comfortable with each lower dosage level.You’re choosing the step-down method because you’re trying to shock your body or your life.