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Why You Shouldn’t Use Adderall as a Performance Enhancer

Why You Shouldn't Use Adderall as a Performance Enhancer

Adderall is sometimes used as a performance enhancer

If you’re trying to produce the best performance possible, Adderall seemingly has a lot to offer. People abuse this prescription stimulant drug to work harder, longer and with more energy than they ever could without it, but the enhancement Adderall brings comes at a cost. The ethical, physical and psychological drawbacks of Adderall abuse eventually eclipse its benefits.

Is Adderall Abuse Illegal?

Since people have only recently begun abusing Adderall as a performance enhancing drug, the ethics of using it in competitive situations have not reached a consensus, but professional sports leagues prohibit the drug entirely. While the National Hockey League completely bans Adderall abuse among players, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Football League only allow Adderall to be used by athletes that can demonstrate a medical need for the drug. Also, colleges and universities generally forbid Adderall abuse, because it is an illegal use of a controlled substance. Increasingly, schools are also considering Adderall abuse as a violation of academic ethics.

Side Effects of Adderall Abuse

While Adderall can enhance performance, it can also do a lot of damage. It can make your heart race and your blood pressure shoot up, so long-term drug abuse can cause such cardiovascular stress that users develop enlarged hearts. A significant portion of chronic users may even experience amphetamine psychosis, which causes terrifying delusions during psychosis. This condition can even lead to suicide.

Adderall abuse may seem to show only benefits, as people can take the drug to improve personal situations. But, Adderall does not really bring any new powers or energy; it simply brings energy together into a concentrated effort. For instance, if you abuse Adderall to study, you still have to read and do the work yourself, so Adderall simply enables you to bring all of that work into a single, accelerated session. Furthermore, the natural processes that allow you to prepare, work, rest and repeat get derailed with Adderall abuse. The natural desires to sleep and eat are suppressed when someone abuses this drug, and even desires for entertainment and companionship are disrupted. Drug users may complete tasks, but the rewards that formerly motivated people begin to disappear with Adderall abuse. Of course, no drug eliminates the body’s need for sleep and food—you may be too amped up on Adderall to notice, but your body’s health will suffer from drug abuse.

Effects of Adderall Addiction

Adderall can eventually replace all of the thoughts you previously cared about. Over time, you can become dependent on Adderall, so the drug that made everything easier can also make anything impossible; an addicted the body will need the drug to keep chemicals working. Worse yet, your mind may need Adderall to function. After using the drug to complete tasks, you may come to believe that your own abilities are insufficient, which is the trap of addiction. Get help to quit using this drug.

Adderall Addiction Help

If you or someone you know has become addicted to Adderall, call our 24 hour helpline to learn about treatment options. The call is toll free, so reach out to our admissions coordinators right now for professional support.

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