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    Hi Thisisme,

    The fact that you are willing to do any kind of work is great. It will make it easier to find work, which sounds like your next logical step (when you are ready). The problem with references can be tricky. Can you ask any family friends to give you a character reference? I will try to think creatively of other ways you could get references, but you really just need one employer to give you a chance and then you can build from there.

    It might be too early to be launching into career building, if you are still not feeling very well. However, maybe it would be just the thing to deal with 'boring and pointless'. I think it is important to recognise that your brain is rewiring, so this is an opportunity to do the work to get your reward circuits firing in a healthy way.

    Time is one of the most important factors in our healing I think. 39 days is amazing and you should be proud, but you are still healing. Rewiring your brain is hard work, and it will happen on its own as long as you stay off weed, but the more you can do to try new things that make you feel good the easier I think it will be for you.

    It is good that you are reading other people's journeys. I found that was a great way to both deal with boredom and to learn about what worked for others too.

    Hope you have some good days soon!
    Alice :-)

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    What I have done is asked my step dad to say I have been working for his company (he is a painter) on a temporary basis since I was made redundant at my last job so hopefully companies might accept him as a reference & it also makes it look like I havenít been doing nothing all this time haha.
    I think my brain is very low on dopamine or something at the moment as everything feels so dull, when did you find things became enjoyable again?
    I hope they do soon as Christmas is coming up and I usually love Christmas.
    Thank you for the kind & helpful responses you really are a lovely person Alice.

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    Hi Thisisme,

    apologies for the late reply, I knew that I needed to do a search online, so it took me a bit longer to get around to this.
    I remember the low dopamine levels too. I also get this whenever I reduce my medication.

    Looking at what the internet suggests for stimulating dopamine certainly echoes my experience.
    Most of the articles I read suggested Tyrosine (see links for details), listening to music (this worked for me), and exercise.

    It is possible to stimulate your dopamine production, and I do this every time I change my medication. After a while, I get a list of things that help and they are usually sensory things like invigorating fresh air (or cold water), music of an intense nature, exercise and (not recommended) coffee. Imagine giving your brain a 'BLAST' of something sensory (drug free). That is what works for me.

    Here are the articles. Let us know what you think!

    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition...rease-dopamine

    https://www.brainmdhealth.com/blog/7...us-and-energy/

    https://universityhealthnews.com/dai...me-depression/

    Hope you are feeling a bit better today :-) I think getting your step dad to write you a reference is a good idea.
    Alice

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    I must say I can relate to the lacking dopamine today, if that is what I am experiencing. Ever since I increased my dosage of medication (due to an unexpected episode of mental illness, that my psychiatrist thinks was caused by a tried reduction in medication), every time my period finishes, for the next few days or so, I just feel so . . . kind of blah. I couldn't be bothered doing anything today. Every task feels like a mammoth weight.

    I am cleaning my house because I have to, and I will go to my neighbours bbq because I have to, but all I really want to do is n.o.t.h.i.n.g...
    The best thing that I can say is that in the same way as your low dopamine levels will pass, mine will too. My brain will get used to the new (lower) dose of dopamine, and I won't feel so bad. The same is definitely true for you!

    I know that it is a crappy feeling. I bet my psychologist would say that the more I push through and force myself to do what needs to be done, the more quickly my brain will recover.

    My psychiatrist has actually suggested changing medications next year, because my prolactin levels are double the normal range. Even though my doctor wanted more information from a specialist, I am pretty keen to swap, because I definitely don't like the idea of my bone density decreasing so much, and also one of the medications my psychiatrist suggested actually up regulates dopamine when it is at low levels, as well as down regulating it when there is too much, and from where I am sitting right now, that sounds like a very nice idea :-)

    I hope you are having a nice weekend. I am going to have a cup of tea (caffeine) and splash cold water on my face, haha.

    Cheers,
    Alice :-)

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    Hi Alice I hope you are feeling better today, Iíve actually been taking l-tyrosine for a few weeks now.
    Things are started to get better, itís still not easy but I am seeing improvements and so are my friends/family.
    I had a big test yesterday as I went to start my car in the morning and the battery had totally gone, it wouldnít start, I had lots of plans but had to wait for 2 hours for a recovery truck to turn up, then it would jump start but the battery was totally finished (lasted ten years) I had to go to a garage and spend quite a bit getting a new battery, the good thing is I kept my cool and it didnít get me down too much, when I was on weed I would of gone mental and it would of ruined my whole day/night and the next few days too, people on weed think that smoking helps with problems but the truth is when Iím sober I deal with things far more easily.
    I had a very good day today being out Christmas shopping with friends, usually when when I was smoking I bloody hated going to the Malls/shopping etc, Iíd be all paranoid, tired and anxious but today I felt good, I felt alive, itís was packed because of Christmas too, Iíd usually of lost my rag or just kept thinking I canít wait to go home but I honestly had a really good time.
    Also my friends and family have been wondering whatís up with me they are saying I seem way more chatty, positive and energetic, which is nice to hear.
    42 days weed free now.

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    Hey Thisisme,

    That is so amazing to hear! I am so happy for you :-) It is so true that when we give up weed, life kind of opens up in ways we never thought were possible, and we get the opportunity for new experiences. I also feel proud of how I handle stress / drama / issues so much better without weed too. It is such a massive bonus to be able to stay level headed when things like a flat battery or a shopping experience come along, as of course they will!

    I envisage that you will notice positive benefits for quite some time now. And while it still might be a bit difficult sometimes, things will get better and better! So happy for you :-)

    I am feeling quite a bit better today. It was true what I said about pushing through. Even though I really didn't want to do my housework, I felt so much better when it was done, and my neighbour's bbq was quite nice too. It is so nice to be friendly with people in my apartment block. I think it is rare, but I am lucky.

    42 days is so amazing Thisisme. You are doing it! Keep going :-)

    Cheers,
    Alice :-)

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    Just been feeling pretty lethargic, sad and a lingering sort of apathy last few days also a vengeful sort of feeling about things in the past, not much else to report.

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    It will get better.
    You are stronger than this challenge and this challenge is making you stronger.
    Take care!

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    Iíve been feeling really awful last few days to be honest, just feeling so low, drained, paranoid, argumentative, worried, headaches, poor sleep, very anxious, totally depressed.
    I still havenít smoked but I can tell for sure that I got a long battle ahead, I feel nowhere near being recovered. Sorry for the depressing post but itís the truth.

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    Hey Thisisme,

    Have you considered starting a course of some kind of medication to help, like an antidepressant? It might help you to get through this more easily.
    I take mirtazapine, which is a particularly good antidepressant for addictions.
    Could you find a decent doctor and get some support?
    Alternatively therapy would be very helpful.

    Hang in there!
    Alice :-)

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