Adin Ross Opens Up About Opioid Addiction

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 18: Adin Ross attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings at Crypto.com Arena on January 18, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Streamer Adin Ross has opened up about his recent battle with opioid addiction.

Adin Ross is no stranger to controversy. In the past, those controversies have primarily centered on his streaming career. Most recently, he received his eighth Twitch ban for "displaying hateful content". While Ross primarily streams on Kick, a new rival site to Twitch, many believe Ross is now permanently banned from Twitch.

Ross is a big fan of controversial lifestyle guru Andrew Tate. In December 2022, Ross said he would be discontinuing the "female-oriented" content to which he attributed his success to. Notably, he recently said that the promotion of hot tub streams by Twitch was "promoting poison." However, in a new series of videos, Ross has opened up about a deeply personal issue. He has stated that he is doing so in order to be able to help others suffering from the same thing.

Ross Wants To Use Platform To Help Others With Addiction

In a series of videos collated by nojumper on Instagram, Ross opened up about his opioid addiction. Specifically, Ross said that he was addicted to Lean. Lean, colloquially known as purple drank among other names, is a mixture of a soft drink and prescription-strength cough medicine. Ross says that he "became a version of himself that he was not familiar with," during his addiction. Ross went on to confirm that he believes himself to have kicked the addiction. However, he does note that he has only been clean for "about a week" at the time of filming.

However, Ross wasn't simply opening up about his addiction. As part of his video, Ross states that he wants to "use his platform". It's unclear what Ross means by this as he offers no actionable plan. What he does offer are affirmations and encouragement. "I just want to let other know that you're not alone," Ross says, "and that this addiction stuff is real....All these things like drugs and alcohol...You can be better, bro. I get that it's an escape, but it's a trap. You're you and I love you." Opioid addiction affects over 2 million individuals in the United States. Ross is hoping that opening up about his story will inspire others to battle their own addiction, as he did.

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