Some steroids are important medications that save lives. However, some forms, particularly anabolic steroids, can be abused. While these steroids have some legitimate medical uses, many people misuse them to the point of an anabolic steroid addiction. When addiction sets in, the only way out is through addiction treatment.
What Are Anabolic Steroids?
Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone, which is the male sex hormone. The term “anabolic” indicates that the drug builds muscle. The drug’s muscle-building capability leads people to abuse anabolic steroids. Bodybuilders and athletes seeking to “bulk up” with greater muscle definition and mass illegally obtain the steroid for this purpose.
On the street, people call anabolic steroids Gear, Roids, Stackers, and Juice. Doctors prescribe steroids for treating hormonal problems, such as when children suffer delayed puberty. Steroids also help remedy muscle loss from diseases like cancer and AIDS. Once the bodybuilding and athletic communities realized the capabilities of anabolic steroids for muscle growth and improved performance, the drugs hit the streets.
Signs of Anabolic Steroid Abuse
Adult men, particularly in their 20s, frequently misuse anabolic steroids for bodybuilding. There are multiple signs of steroid abuse, such as rapid muscle gain and increased dedication to workouts. Some people inject steroids, while others use pills packaged for “stacking.” These stacker pills make a lot of noise in their bottles and you may hear them rattling around in a pocket, gym bag, or backpack.
When people inject anabolic steroids and receive the vials by mail, the package usually has warning labels indicating the box’s fragile contents. Someone injecting also orders syringes and needles. You may find these items in the trash or around the house. The injections leave track marks in the skin, appearing red and irritated.
Another sign of steroid abuse is acne. Often, someone with clear skin suffers breakouts when they start using steroids. This is easiest to detect in people who are past puberty.
Some anabolic steroids are available in creams. If someone you love is using the cream form of steroids, you may notice the fragrance of that cream.
Negative Effects of Anabolic Steroid Addiction
Abusing steroids leads to addiction for many people. With abuse and addiction of these drugs come a variety of negative side effects. The most known effects relate to the body’s conversion of the synthetic testosterone into estradiol.
Over time, males experience shrinking testicles, accelerated balding, and enlarged breast tissue. Men can also suffer infertility if they continue using steroids. They can also develop high cholesterol and blood pressure. Chances of diabetes increase, as well.
One of the clearest side effects called “roid rage” results in rapid, intense mood swings or mania. The most serious side effects of anabolic steroid addiction are the likelihood of heart attack and stroke.
Treatment for Anabolic Steroid Addiction
For men struggling with anabolic steroid addiction, quality addiction treatment programs can help. This treatment starts with detox, where you experience withdrawal symptoms after quitting steroid use. These withdrawal symptoms include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Problems concentrating and sleeping
- Low libido
One of the biggest needs for addiction treatment is therapy. There are usually serious underlying causes for the anabolic steroid abuse. Body image problems, such as body dysmorphia, are usually at the root of this drug abuse. Many people using steroids also mistakenly believe exaggerated fitness is a sign of virility.
Addictions to drugs or alcohol require rehab for a healthy life of recovery. Serenity Lodge in Southern California provides addiction treatment for anabolic steroids and other substances. This treatment takes place in comprehensive addiction treatment programs, including:
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- 12-step program
- Residential inpatient
- Partial hospitalization
- Intensive outpatient
If you or someone you love struggle with addiction to steroids or other substances, Serenity Lodge is an amenity-rich, peaceful environment where men focus on lasting recovery. Call Serenity Lodge now at (855) 932-4045 for more information about available programs. You deserve a healthy and happy life, so call now.