I've spent this year off my prescription meds. It probably wasn't a good idea, but some of the side effects have had permanent repercussions, though coming off them may have reversed the damage, it hasn't. I'm going to see out the year, but I'm back on them after that. My weight issues and sleep problems have both been acerbated by being clean and frankly I am seriously struggling with the pain issues. Those who tell you that pain tells them they're alive, they're dead wrong. It makes me feel half-dead, anti-social, angry and depressed.
My biggest problem is, by going back on the drugs, though physically I'll feel a sh*t tonne better, they make me, trying to word this right, a little fuzzy on the mental side. My work has been of a higher quality this year, both individually and as a team contributor, I've spotted things I probably should have noticed before and helped improve efficiency.