So I've been off the Zopiclone since Wednesday, and I've decided to stop taking Ephedrine as well. Not that I was hooked on either of these substances. I didn't use either of them everyday, nor did I take too much in terms of quantity. I've just decided, that I don't want to take anything that is even potentially bad for me, and in particular, is on WADA's banned substances list. Ephedrine is in fact on the list, but I don't see Zopiclone. I guess it makes sense. I don't see too many athletes using Zopiclone as a PED. Regardless, I just don't want to take anything that can even be *considered* mind, or mood-altering.
Why you ask? Well because I've been reading so many horror stories on websites like Erowid and the like, and these stories are really turning me off drugs big time. Even OTC medications. There are stories of people huffing gas, and using inhalants, nitrous, etc. and it just turns my stomach. I don't ever want to get that bad. Maybe I'm over-reacting, but still. Truthfully............I'm scared to take anything even mildly addictive. So as of 530PM, I will keep tabs of what the withdraw process is like. It shouldn't be too bad. I don't feel anything really out of the ordinary, to be honest, but that could change.
Ephedrine withdraws usually last for about a week for me, and usually cause a pretty swift depression, which sucks, but it's well worth it. Once the depression goes away, I feel great. Another reason I want to stop taking it, is because I love to lift weights, and work out, and I find it really constricts my blood circulation. I really don't want that side effect, because it kills the "pump" feeling I get when lifting weights.
I'm going to go to the gym tomorrow, I'll post back with how my workout goes, where I'm at psychologically, etc. People often ask me what I do now that I've cleaned up my act, well, we'll get into that part of my life. Hopefully I'll be able to delve a little bit deeper into my own personal psyche as it is on a day-to-day basis. I feel is this is important to somebody who is wondering about getting cleaned up, and wants to know what it involves. I think a lot of people fail when trying to get off drugs or alcohol, because they simply do not know how to properly prepare for what they are going to have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. It can be extremely overwhelming.
Anyhow, I will try to report back tomorrow post-workout, and let you know how I feel. And if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to shoot me a PM. If you send a serious PM, I will respond accordingly. Thanks. -Matt