I have wondered the same thing, @Chris. I stood by and supported my eldest son when he decided to get off Adderall after taking it for more than fifteen years (prescribed for ADD). The withdrawal was hellish; it took nearly *a year.* He literally holed up in a small room and could barely get out of bed for months. It was awful. He thinks of it as “the lost year.”
I felt terrible because as his parent, I had followed the advice of doctors who explained ADD was just like having bad eyesight—you give the kid Adderall so he can function, just like you would get your kid a pair of prescription glasses if he was near-or far-sighted. Oy. “It’s just a chemical imbalance.” Grrr.