The New York Times has published a piece reflecting on one decades-long journey through the attempts to get a hold of, and then relinquish, Adderall.

In a memoir-style article, Casey Schwartz chronicles a tortuous path through late adolescence and her entire young adulthood as she began using Aderall to achieve more in her life and then couldn't stop. A casual introduction to the drug as a late-night study aid in college led to her perception of it and physical addiction to it as an indispensable need. Ms. Schwartz takes the reader through several personal stories of her resulting changed temperament and behavior, but she also outlines the chemical development of the drug, its roots in treatment for bronchitis and stress or fatigue, and finally the biological difficulties encountered by those attempting to wean themselves off of it today.

To read the full article, please visit the New York Times website.