Anabolic Steroids Addiction

Are you worried that you or someone close to you is addicted to anabolic steroids? Help is at hand. Here we tell you a little about steroid addiction, what to look out for and how we can get you or a loved one the best possible treatment.

Anabolic steroids act in a similar way to the male hormone testosterone, promoting the growth of muscle and the development of male sexual characteristics. They are often prescribed to treat muscle weakness after surgery and anemia. Anabolic steroids are only legal when prescribed by a GP. However, steroid supplements are available over-the-counter.

Anabolic steroids are often used by sportspeople such as bodybuilders and athletes to enhance their performance and to build muscle mass. Abusers of steroids often take many times the recommended dose and users can easily become psychologically dependent on the drug. There is evidence to show that anabolic steroid abuse is on the increase among teenagers, including females.

Signs, symptoms, and risks of anabolic steroid addiction

Anabolic steroid abuse can disrupt normal hormone production. In males, this can result in the shrinking of testicles, erection problems, sterility, the growth of breasts, and acne. In females, overuse of anabolic steroids can result in increased body hair, shrinking breasts, menstrual problems, and acne. In youngsters, anabolic steroid use can halt growth and development. Users can become aggressive and violent, and experience dramatic mood swings. Some steroid users experience paranoia, confusion, and insomnia. Even more seriously, steroids can result in high blood pressure, liver failure, stroke, or heart attack.

Treatment for anabolic steroid addiction

Sudden withdrawal from anabolic steroids can result in mood swings, depression, violent behavior, and even suicidal behavior. As quitting steroids can cause a dramatic reduction in muscle and strength, this can contribute to feelings of depression. Steroid addiction treatment is therefore most effective in a residential rehabilitation centre where anabolic steroid addicts can be safely supervised through the detox process. Detox needs to be followed with a number of techniques to treat the addiction long-term. These include individual and group counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and often anger management classes. Family counseling is often recommended to mend relationships that have broken down as a result of steroid addiction. At Addiction Helper, we can provide you with all the advice and support you need to set you on the path to recovery from an addiction to anabolic steroids.

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