Why I Stopped Taking Nootropics (Smart Drug Dependency)

nootropics dependency

Nootropics will always have a place in my life. There’s no doubt about that.  

Ever since I started using them, my life has improved in many ways. 

But today I’m going to tell you how I became dependent on them. And why you should consider taking a break from them. 

The smart drug dependency cycle starts like this: 

You start consuming a nootropic to get specific results. Such as: 

  • Expanding your social circle 
  • Beating your weight lifting record 
  • Increasing your focus on a project 

Whatever the case may be, you eventually accomplish what you set out to achieve.

But somewhere along the way, you forget the reason why you started consuming in the first place. 

That’s when you start to tell yourself lies and rationalize it as a regular part of life. 

How I Realized My Dependency:

Phenibut is a smart drug that should only be taken once or twice a week.

However, I found myself taking it every day. So I knew I had a problem.  

What did I do? I cut myself off cold turkey.  

No more phenibut. And while I’m at it, no more coffee either. 

After over a week without using, I realized how I’d been lying to myself: 

Phenibut

I thought I had bad social anxiety 

I first got into phenibut specifically to help me relax and socialize more. 

And despite being an introvert, at no point did I ever have any crippling form of anxiety. 

I’ve always been able to meet new people and carry conversations. Despite never really feeling compelled to. 

But after using phenibut for so long, my narrative falsely changed. 

After getting fantastic results from using phenibut, I let myself believe that I was near hopeless without it. 

Instead of remembering that I took phenibut to enhance myself. I foolishly recognized it as a cure for a sickness I didn’t have. 

It wasn’t until I experienced withdrawal in a loud, crowded space that I remembered – I had no social anxiety. 

Looking around I remembered that I typically look down at most of the population. I still show respect, and I’m a very empathetic person.

But seeing all the fat people with mopey faces makes me shake my head. 

Ever since I stopped taking phenibut regularly, I’ve become happier and naturally sociable. But I contribute this mostly to setting myself straight.

Coffee

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I thought I was perpetually exhausted 

I started drinking coffee when I was feeling tired all the time. 

And I was surprised by how it made my energy levels feel normal. Because back then, I really needed it.  

I had no energy. And I was always drained physically, emotionally, and mentally. 

So it helped me get through perpetual exhaustion. 

But when those days were long gone, I still drank coffee. 

When I drank coffee and I didn’t need it, I got anxiety. And to take the edge off of that anxiety, I would use phenibut. 

You see what happened there? 

I created an unnecessary cycle. A cycle that perpetuated my self-deceit. 

Now I drink coffee specifically to focus on a project, in a contained environment.

To help myself wake up, I squeeze lemon or lime into a glass of water and drink that. Try it, it works. 

Final Checkpoint 

If you are still using a nootropic on a day-to-day basis, then ask yourself:

“Why did I start doing this in the first place?” 

If those circumstances are the same, then yeah, why not keep doing it? 

Finish what you started. 

However, if circumstances are different: Then what are you doing? 

It might be time to stop. Because if you’re becoming dependent, then you really do have a problem.

So here’s my challenge:  

If you think you’re dependent on something, then quit it for a week or two. Cut it out and see if it still fits in your life.

But if you’ve only convinced yourself that it does, then drop it. 

So you can start fresh and rid yourself from a problem you forgot you never had. 

Until Next Time,

-Rich

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