I had energy, I could be with people socially, got a girlfriend, did well at work, felt focused and my depression
was totally gone. To an extent, Tramadol still works, and I can take 12 pills in a day rather than 16 and still feel ok. The main benefit it's had on me that is that I have zero depressive episodes since I started with the drug.
Now I'm quitting. Actually, when I decided to detox a few days ago, I only wanted to "take a break" and reset my tolerance.