What are Steroids?

Steroids are synthetic versions of specific naturally produced hormones by the human body. They are used in the treatment of conditions such as anemia, muscle wasting diseases, osteoporosis and many other conditions. Steroids are most commonly used to treat low level hormone conditions such as low testosterone.

Performance Enhancement Drug

Steroids are used to enhance the performance of athletes. The abuse of steroids is known throughout the world by athletes and even in animals for performance enhancement. Those taking steroids for these purposes have no legitimate medical reason for taking it. Steroids are versions of naturally produced hormones, when taking it without a prescription the individual is adding to these healthy hormones, putting their health at risk.

Steroid Use

Steroids are used in the treatment of anemia, muscle wasting diseases, osteoporosis and low level hormone conditions. When taken as directed it is a very effective medication. Steroids are also used by women who wish to be men (transgender). It is used in various plastic surgery practices for surgery such as liposuction, breast enlargement, and Botox.

Steroid Abuse

Steroid abuse is most common in athletes looking to enhance their performance. This medication is  synthetic hormone, when taking steroids without a legitimate purpose the individual is doubling the amount of hormones within their body, putting their health at great risk. When taking steroids as a performance enhancer the individual will experience increased muscle growth, energy, they may be faster and have more stamina.

Steroid Dependency

Regular use of steroids can cause the individual to develop a tolerance, increasing their dose to acheive the desired effects. Eventually the individual will develop a physical and psychological dependency. When they abruptly stop the use of steroids they are left feeling uncomfortable from withdrawal symptoms and overwhelmed by cravings.

Signs of Steroids Abuse

  • gynecomastia (male breast enlargement)
  • water retention
  • acne
  • hair loss
  • body hair growth
  • Unstable emotions
  • Irritability
  • Change in behavior
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Burst of anger
  • Trouble at school, work and home
  • Withdrawal symptoms when abruptly stopping the use of Steroids

Symptoms of Steroid Withdrawal

  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • intestinal upset
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Steroid Addiction Treatment

Steroid medications can be very effective when taken as directed. However when taken for purposes not prescribed by a Doctor or in larger doses than prescribed the individual can develop a physical and psychological dependency, risking serious health effects from its regular use. When abruptly stopping the use of steroids can result in uncomfortable, even painful, symptoms of withdrawal.

To successfully overcome an addiction to steroids the individual will require entering into a treatment facility where they will be gradually weened off the medication. Their body will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to steroid use during detoxification. Cognitive therapy will help them to work through the psychological addiction they have developed for steroids and teaching them the tools needed to maintain their sobriety when returning home.