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Anabolic Steroids Abuse: How Do You Treat the Addiction?

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Anabolic Steroids, also known as “Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids, “mimic testosterone. They are either prescribed by a doctor to treat several medical conditions or obtained illegally. Street names for this drug include Arnolds, gym candy, pumpers, roids, stackers, weight trainers, and juice. Anabolic Steroids treat medical conditions that include delayed puberty, hormonal imbalances, hypogonadism, impotence, breast cancer, osteoporosis, anemia, endometriosis, etc. Anabolic Steroids do not produce euphoria or a “high” like most addictive substances but still have a high risk for addiction. Typically users are either addicted due to the withdrawal symptoms or because of the steroids’ effects on their physical appearance and strength. Those with a history of substance abuse are at an increased risk of becoming addicted. Anabolic steroids’ results can be extremely harsh on the user’s body. If you are abusing Anabolic Steroids, seek help. Treatment centers are available ready to help guide you on your road to recovery.

Side Effects of Abusing Anabolic Steroids

  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clots
  • Heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Artery damage
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis
  • Peliosis hepatitis
  • Tumors
  • Tendon injury
  • Aggression
  • Mania
  • Delusions
  • Severe acne and cysts
  • Oily scalp and skin
  • Abscess at the injection site
  • Jaundice
  • Voice deepening (women)
  • Decreased breast size (women)
  • Coarse skin (women)
  • Excessive body hair growth (women)
  • Male-pattern baldness (women)
  • Reduced sperm production (men)
  • Enlarged breasts (men)
  • Shrinking of the testicles (men)
  • Male-pattern baldness (men)
  • Testicular cancer (men)

Anabolic Steroids can have intense negative effects on your body. You do not have to suffer through them, though. If you are facing an addiction to Anabolic Steroids, many recovery centers are ready to help you regain stability in your life.

Addiction Treatment

Like most drugs, detox is the first step in the recovery process. This is best done through medical detox to prevent any complications during withdrawal. After, inpatient rehabilitation is strongly encouraged to continue treatment. During treatment, the person will learn healthy coping mechanisms, life skills, and relapse prevention. Alternative treatment options include outpatient rehab, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, 12-step programs, support groups, and sober living homes. If you or a loved one are addicted to Anabolic Steroids, contact a trusted behavioral health professional to discuss the best treatment option.

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