Steroid Abuse Treatment

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Anabolic-androgenic steroids are laboratory-manufactured versions of testosterone, the male sex hormone. When taken, steroids help muscles grow, which is why steroids are often prescribed for patients suffering from diseases that can cause muscle mass to be lost, such as HIV and cancer. It’s also why steroids are abused by athletes looking for an edge.

People who engage in steroid abuse use steroids without proper medical supervision. They take vastly larger amounts of steroids than those who use them legitimately, which leaves steroid abusers open to a wide variety of undesirable – and harmful – side effects. Worse, studies show that steroids may be addictive.

Sovereign Health understands the power of addiction. We know that steroid addiction is both physical and mental, and treat our patients accordingly, ensuring their best chance at a lasting recovery.

Abusing Steroids

Most people abuse steroids by injecting them directly into the muscles. Other steroids come in pill form, or in gels and creams meant to be applied to the skin. Common oral steroids include Anadrol and Winstrol. Injectable steroids include Deca-Durabolin, Equipoise and Tetrahydrogestrinone.

Most steroid abusers do so for the simple reason that steroids increase muscle mass, giving them a physical edge in athletics. But the desire to become stronger, better and faster than the other person isn’t the only motivating factor. Many steroid users often have complex mental issues that drive them toward steroid abuse.

Muscle dysmorphia is a body image disorder that creates a distorted perception of one’s body. Men and women with this disorder view themselves as small, weak or fat, regardless of their actual appearance. Also, studies have shown physical and sexual abuse can trigger steroid abuse later in life.

Steroids are illegal to possess without a valid prescription.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Symptoms of Steroid Abuse

Some symptoms of steroids abuse may include:

  • Delusions
  • Irritability, often leading to extreme anger
  • Loss of judgment

Dangers of Steroid Abuse

  • Damage to heart, liver and kidneys
  • Changes in secondary sexual characteristics depending on gender – men may grow breasts, women may grow facial hair
  • A risk of hepatitis or HIV from injecting steroids
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Steroids Inside the Body

The body builds up muscles naturally by repairing small tears to muscle fibers made during physical activity. The new muscle fibers are rebuilt stronger, and over a period of time result in muscle growth. Steroids stimulate muscle cells to speed up this rebuilding process, resulting in larger muscles in a shorter period of time.

Steroids may be a fast way to muscle growth, but they’re a bad route to take. Although steroids don’t produce the same “high” other drugs do when abused, they still affect many of the same brain pathways. Even short-term steroid use can cause a person’s emotions to become unpredictable, resulting in the infamous “roid rage” some steroid users experience.

Side effects of steroid abuse range from undesirable to life-threatening. Long-term steroid abuse can greatly increase the risk of stroke and heart attack – even in younger users. Steroids also damage the liver and kidneys, potentially resulting in organ failure.

Infamously, steroid abuse also affects the secondary sexual characteristics of men and women. Men who abuse steroids can expect a decreased sperm count, shrunken testicles, breast development and a greater chance of developing prostate cancer. Women who use steroids may find themselves developing body and facial hair, male-pattern baldness, a deepened voice and changes in the menstrual cycle. Meanwhile, teens who abuse steroids have the risk of stunted growth and height.

Studies on animals have shown steroid addiction is a genuine problem. There are withdrawal symptoms associated with steroid abuse, particularly severe depression. Other symptoms of steroids use can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Cravings for steroids
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood swings

Additional research has shown some steroid abusers turn to additional drugs, like opioids, as a way to self-medicate for sleep and emotional problems brought on by anabolic steroid abuse.

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Getting Help for Steroid Abuse

Steroid use can give someone who was merely seeking to bench heavier weights an entire host of medical problems – including addiction. Sovereign Health knows that addiction is addiction, regardless of the substance, and we’ll help you through recovery from the first phone call. We offer steroid abuse treatment in a wide variety of comfortable, judgment-free surroundings across the United States. It is important to seek out anabolic steroid treatment as soon as possible.

Unlike many other treatment providers, Sovereign Health knows addiction is only half the battle. Our treatment programs also target the underlying mental disorders that often drive addiction to steroids, ensuring that our patients heal in both body and mind. In addition to evidence-backed methods like psychotherapy and counseling, we also utilize effective alternative therapies to ensure our patients have the best chance at a lasting recovery.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health is a premier treatment provider. Why? We offer:

  • Joint Commission-accredited facilities nationwide
  • Treatment in comfortable, safe environments
  • Evidence-based, holistic treatment modalities
  • A treatment philosophy which views patients as individuals

A healthier life can start today. Please contact our 24/7 helpline to learn.