Yes theres a lot of people with ADHD that have quality of life without medication, but this is only possible because their ADHD is NOT severe. ADHD have different levels of severeness, just like a LOT of other disorders and diseases. There's people that is a little anxious, while others are VERY anxious.. there's people that develop a "light" depression, and can even keep going to work/school, while others just can't get out of their bed / houses, not mattering if they have to go to work. I could use a million of examples here, but i think we agree on this because you said that you have SEVERE add, and if you said this it means you know for a fact that ADHD can be easier to cope for other people. ADHD affect our executive functions, and executive functions are linked to the brains ability to regulate emotions, so ADHD prevent the brain from regulating emotions correctly... the problem is that, to a lot of people with ADHD (the minority tho), this 'emotional deregulation' prevent them from feeling OK at their daily life, they can't even feel pleasure on doing anything they like.
To be honest, as i have severe ADHD i can say this with property: i just cant feel that its worth to be alive when i'm not medicated, and i ALWAYS felt this way before i started the treatment (so NO, it's not the LACK of the medication itself, it's how the DISORDER makes me feel).
Resuming, medium/severe ADHD = medication is needed and the person with severe ADHD will ALWAYS act like drug addicts if they can't take their ADHD medication for some reason... and they will act this way even if they just started the treatment only 5 / 7 days ago, ( you can't get addicted on stimulants after taking it only for 5 / 7 days), but they won't act this way 'because they are addicted', but because they just CAN'T feel good enough to be happy. You can't stand being without a medication if you can't feel OK without it, it's something logical.
Stimulant abuse will always be a problem on any part of the planet...the same happens to opiates, painkillers and other types of medication too.. it doesnt mean we should BAN these medications because of the retarted portion of patients. Theres way more patients being saved by stimulants than patients having their lives destroyed by it.
"But to ignore the potential danger is also wrong in my opinion and you're definitely addicted but you justify it in a very stupid way imo"
I think you didnt notice, but i wrote this on my first comment: "Yeah... it is agressive to our organism, and it's addictive, (if i don't take my stimulant for 2 days i have really bad symptoms of abstinence)".
So, i didnt say i'm not addicted, but PLEASE dont mistake "addictiveness" to "feeling the desire to feel the medication effect"... being addicted to drugs that stimulate the reward system of the brain means that the person will feel phisycally ill if he doesnt take the substance (headache, dizzyness, dry mouth, nausea, etc)... THIS is being addicted.... feeling a strong desire to feel the pleasureble effects again is NOT realated to addiction itself.. although almost every person that didnt educate themselves about this confuse these things.
And in my 1st msg i didnt "ignore the potential danger" of stimulants.. i actually confirmed that there are people abusing it, and that these medications are addictive and agressive to humans organisms, so, i dont how you managed to interpret that i was "ignoring the potential danger" of it.
About "growing out ADHD as you get older"... that's what cientists/researchers/doctors believed +- 30 years ago... they believed that ADHD was a 'child thing', that the disorder always disappear when the person get 17 / 18 years old.
But this belief didnt exist because some research/study got to that conclusion, because there was NO research about this 30 years ago. But Dr, Russel Barkley (the best ADHD specialist on the planet) and his team actually did official researches and studies about this, and they noticed that ADHD is way more serious than everyone thought it was, and that the disorder will be present through peoples whole lives.
So, although 'your opinion' and belief is that ADHD goes away after some years, considere yourself informed that there isnt a SINGLE case of someone who 'out growed' ADHD in the medicine literature... not a single case registered, even ADHD being the MOST studied disorder on the planet.
And look, i'm not trying to be rude or to be on a arguing with you, i'm just seeing that you have some beliefs that are refuted by official researches so i'm trying to help you being informed about wich information is the right one, based on what medicine discovered after official researches.
You said that you abuse your stimulants.... can you give details on that? Tell me how you take it when you have ritalin, and how you take it when its concerta, and how you take it when its vyvanse? and the same with aderall?
How much mg's you take and how many hours you wait until you redose?
I can measure how bad it is for your health, since i studied a lot about these medications.