Why You Shouldn’t Use Adderall as a Performance Enhancer
Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Although Adderall is a stimulant, it works to calm brain chemicals that may become unbalanced, especially in the areas of impulse control and hyperactivity. Adderall is an important part of a treatment program for ADHD that includes counseling and behavioral modification programs. Adderall is highly habit forming, and using the drug in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed by a physician can lead to addiction.
Adderall addiction happens when the body develops a tolerance for the drug. Tolerance is when the person using the drug needs more of the substance to achieve the same level of symptom relief. Tolerance is followed closely by dependence, as the person using Adderall needs the drug to feel and function “normally.” The surest indicator of an Adderall addiction is the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when the drug use is stopped. Along with withdrawals, the following are other symptoms of an Adderall addiction:
- Becoming preoccupied with getting and using Adderall
- Selling or sharing medication with friends
- Needing a supply of the drug on hand at all times
- Taking Adderall to increase focus for tests or other school projects
- Engaging in dangerous activities, like driving, when under the influence of Adderall
- Becoming more involved in the drug culture
If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms of Adderall abuse, it is time to get help.
Adderall as a Performance Enhancer
Many college and professional athletes look for ways to increase their performances. Unfortunately, this can lead to the abuse of drugs like Adderall. As more athletes are testing positive for the drug, coaches and club managers look for ways to decrease the use of Adderall among players. In recent years, about 10 percent of major league baseball players acquired therapeutic use exemptions for Adderall to help them overcome the monotony of the game, says Slate magazine. NFL coaches are suspending more and more players for testing positive for amphetamines. Although privacy requirements do not allow the organizations to say what kind of amphetamines, players are testing positive for Adderall in higher numbers than ever before, even though the drug is listed as a banned substance in the NFL. Players who use Adderall to enhance their performance are instead being suspended from their teams for using the banned substance. Using Adderall as a performance enhancer can quickly lead to addiction as the body continues to need more of the substance to achieve a better result. This also increases the risk of accidental death due to drug overdose.
Finding Help for Adderall Addiction
Using a drug like Adderall as a performance enhancer is dangerous. Those who do so risk tolerance, addiction, and death. If you or a loved one struggles with Adderall abuse, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour number to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.