Steroids

Steroids mimic testosterone in the body, which means they encourage the body to lay down protein, increasing muscle mass. Steroid use is common with bodybuilders and people involved in certain sports. Steroids are often injected into the body intravenously.  Steroid use common with bodybuilders and people involved in certain sports. Steroids are often injected into the body intravenously. There are many other types of steroids, such as creams and medications for infections, which are less likely to be abused in comparison to anabolic steroids. Anabolic steroids are considered illegal “doping” by many different athletic associations, from Olympic athletes to baseball (MBL) and football (NFL) players.

SIGNS OF ABUSE

  • How to know if someone is on steroids: Signs someone may be using steroids are rapid lean muscle gain within a 10-week period, sudden interest in working out more than normal, mood swings or acne. In woman it may cause increased body hair and loss of menstrual cycle.
  • Long-Term Effects of Steroids: Long-term effects are high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. It also increases the likelihood of diabetes. Long term use can cause heart attack or stroke in young people.

Steroid Withdrawal

Withdrawal from Steroids can be uncomfortable for long term abusers. Mood swings may get worse when steroid use suddenly stops, and muscle aches and rashes/acne may occur.  Other symptoms of steroid withdrawal include: • Depression • Anxiety • Headaches • Irritability • Lowered libido

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Addicted to Steroids, Now What?

The best way to treat steroid addiction is by seeking help. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to steroids learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to steroids. Amatus Recovery Facilities located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed. Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.