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.
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.