Video Gamers Using Adderall for an “Edge”

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Video Gamers Using Adderall for an “Edge”

In recent years, the world of Esports has been growing exponentially. Fans now pack stadiums for Esports and participants compete for hundreds of thousands in prize money. This increase in popularity has also led to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and gamers using Adderall is becoming the norm.

High Energy Pays the Bills

Gamers are now able to make a living off of the income they receive from gaming. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins went from a fast-food worker to a millionaire Fortnite gamer. In 2018 alone, he reported that he made nearly $10 million by streaming himself playing Fortnite on Twitch and posting videos on YouTube (1). This income excludes sponsorships and tournament wins.

Side effects of adderall abuse

As gaming becomes increasingly competitive, with the added financial incentives, some gamers turn to ways to give them a perceived edge. Performance-enhancing drugs are known to be used in many sports such as baseball, weightlifting, track, the NFL, and more. With these physically demanding sports, it’s clearer to see why people use these drugs. They make players stronger and faster and can get them to the next level. In Esports, focus and reaction time are vital to a player’s success.

Adderall Abuse

In an interview after a $250,000 prize tournament in Poland (2), Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen stated, “We were all on Adderall”. Once his video was seen by the Electronic Sports League, they announced that they would have drug screenings in future tournaments. The Overwatch League released a statement saying “prescription drugs may only be used to treat the condition for which they are prescribed and may not be used to enhance performance in a game, match, or tournament”.

Adderall prescriptions in 2012

Another well-known gamer, Adam “KiLLa” Sloss said, “Nobody talks about it because everyone is on it”. He admittedly retired due to his rampant drug use. “The Adderall abuse was too much to keep up with,” Sloss said. (3)

What is Adderall?

Adderall is intended to be used to help people who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. For those who have ADHD, the drug is used to calm them down and help them focus on the world in front of them. However, for those without ADHD, it can help people stay up all night cramming for an exam or writing a paper. This drug is abused frequently among college students.

For gamers, they are attracted to the drug due to the belief that Adderall will allow them to play for longer, with better mental focus, and therefore better ability. In actuality, doctors say that any perceived performance boost is likely due to the placebo effect. The placebo effect is the result of a drug that can be attributed to the patient’s belief in the treatment. Essentially, because gamers believe that they are more focused, they become more focused.

What is Adderall

Adderall’s clearest benefit for those with ADHD is that it boosts rote memorization. This drug is commonly used so that young students can learn easier, with fewer distractions. As Adderall users get used to the drug, they build up a tolerance. In order to achieve the same effect, they have to increase their dosage. This can be dangerous, as there are potential side effects to Adderall.

Side effects of Adderall include loss of appetite, weight loss, upset stomach, vomiting, nausea, headache, diarrhea, fever, and insomnia (4). Additionally, more serious side effects sometimes occur. These effects include mood/behavior changes such as depression, aggression, and suicidal thoughts. Uncontrolled movements, change in sexual desire, and signs of blood flow problems are possible.

Gamers Using Adderall Should Reach Out For Help

It is important to heed the advice from gamers such as Adam “KiLLa” Sloss. Not only is it illegal to take, but doctors have said there is no real biological difference to taking the drug. It is a slippery slope to take this drug, and it can lead to numerous health problems. If you, or anybody you know, is currently abusing the drug, it is important to seek help. It is often difficult to quit on your own, and rehab centers such as Springboard Recovery are available to help break this unhealthy habit.

Adderall Detox

Upon entering rehab, patients begin a detox process. This process helps rid a patient’s body of the addictive substance. Once an individual has chosen to seek the help of Springboard Recovery, there are a variety of resources we provide. These resources include individual therapy, such as holistic therapy, group counseling, relapse prevention education, meditation and mindfulness, and more. Springboard Recovery is focused on educating our patients on the consequences and effects of drug abuse and addiction.

Contact us today and we can work with you to create a healthier, happier life

Sources:

  1. CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/27/us/esports-what-is-video-game-professional-league-madden-trnd/index.html
  2. CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/04/ninja-blevins-from-a-fast-food-job-to-millionaire-fortnite-gamer.html
  3. THORNE: https://www.thorne.com/take-5-daily/article/six-tips-to-improve-reaction-time-and-mental-focus
  4. Business Insider: https://www.businessinsider.com/how-adderall-is-used-in-esports-2015-7
  5. The Overwatch League: https://overwatchleague.com/en-us/
  6. The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/esports/2020/02/13/esports-adderall-drugs/
  7. National Institute of Mental Health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml
  8. WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-63163/adderall-oral/details
  9. WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/alcohol-detox-programs#1

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WRITTEN BY ROBERT CASTAN
APRIL 25, 2020

Robert Castan is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at SpringBoard Recovery. Robert started his professional career as a house manager and has become an industry leader and trusted voice in the treatment world. He brings extensive knowledge of organizational growth, industry-leading outcomes, and comprehensive marketing to SpringBoard Recovery. Robert has been walking his own path of recovery for over 10 years. This path has truly driven his ambition to help make treatment available to others who are struggling with addiction. Robert finds great joy in traveling and keeping physically active, with an emphasis on biking. Robert resides in Arizona with his husband and two four-legged children.

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