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    For those of you who are recovering from the abuse of meth, cocaine, ritalin, or whatever else, I have a question for you. I seek your advice and wisdom.

    First, a little explanation of what’s going on with me.

    I have been clean for three months now. I feel better physically, and my sleep patterns are regular at this point. My digestive problems have almost fixed themselves, and my mood is a bit more stable. However, I have been very unmotivated to do much of anything since I quit using Ritalin, and I am heartbroken over the fact that my artistic drive has plummeted almost completely.

    I am completely depressed right now because I feel that I may never pick up a paint brush or a pencil again- or at least in the same way. Forcing myself to make art is pointless because the passion isn’t there. It feels as if no matter what medication I will be prescribed, nothing will ever give me as much creativity as Ritalin.

    I’m not saying I want to resume using. In fact, I don’t want that at all.

    What I am asking is this: have you recovering stimulant addicts ever struggled with depression over lost motivation or flare since you quit using? How do you handle this?

    Any sort of support would help. Thanks.

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