Steroid Addiction Treatment

People use steroids in order to gain muscle mass and improve athletic performance. Although banned by most professional sports, a number of prominent athletes have been caught using steroids in recent years. Particularly popular among bodybuilders aiming to increase their muscle mass in shorter periods of time, steroids have also grown in popularity with non-professionals, including young people. As a result, steroids abuse isa growing problem, causing more people to seek treatment for steroid addiction.

There are different kinds of steroids, including anabolic steroids, which are among the most commonly abused ones. Abused to improve athletic performance, anabolic steroids are synthetic variations on testosterone, the male sex hormone that regulates and controls numerous body functions, including the repair of damaged tissues. When males work out, their tissues get damaged which need to heal before they can safely work out again. Anabolic steroids speed up this recovery process, which in turn, allows the athletes to shorten the duration of the break between their workouts. This, in turn, allows them to exercise more frequently.

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Symptoms of steroids abuse

Steroids can be injected, taken orally or applied as creams and gels. Commonly known as Arnolds, Gym Candy, Pumpers, Roids, Stackers, Weight Trainers, Gear, and Juice, some of the common steroid brands available in the market include Anadrol-50, Oxandrin and Winstrol.

Anabolic steroids are classified as Schedule III Controlled Substances by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which implies that these can only be obtained with a prescription. However, illegally produced steroids are readily available online. A number of dietary supplements marketed for bodybuilding also contain steroids. These can be particularly dangerous because they may contain toxic adulterants.

Abusing anabolic steroids can take a serious toll on a person’s body. Some of the common symptoms of steroids abuse include:

  • Liver and kidney tumors
  • Jaundice
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased cholesterol
  • Severe acne
  • Fluid retention

Men abusing steroids may also experience testicle shrinkage, reduced sperm count, baldness, breast development and prostate cancer. Women may experience increased facial hair, male-pattern baldness, changes or cessation in the menstrual cycle and deepening of the voice.

In addition to the physical side effects, steroid abuse also affects users psychologically and can lead to symptoms like:

  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Depression
  • Paranoid jealousy
  • Delusions
  • Impaired judgment

Of particular concern is the growing problem of anabolic steroids abuse among young people. A 2015 survey funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that 2.3 percent of high school seniors had used anabolic steroids at some point in their lives. Ali Mohamadi, M.D., a medical officer in the Food and Drug Administration’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products observes, “Parents tend not to believe their teens would consider taking anabolic steroids, but the truth is that the frequency of steroid use in this age group is far greater than many would guess.”

Teens are susceptible to certain side effects of steroids abuse that are not experienced by adults, such as disrupted puberty, compromising bone development that may result in limiting height, and impaired brain development, etc. Dr. Richard Melloni of Northeastern University says, “because the developing brain is more adaptable and pliable, steroids could change the trajectory if administered during development.”

It is likely that young people often get influenced by professional athletes who have used steroids in order to successfully compete at the highest levels. However, they should remember that in recent years; there have been a number of high profile cases involving athletes and steroid use. For instance, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees was banned for the entire 2014 season for using performance-enhancing drugs, including anabolic steroids. In 2012, champion cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of the seven Tour de France titles for using anabolic steroids and other prohibited substances.

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Seeking help for steroid addiction

A DEA report states that steroid users can experience withdrawal symptoms, such as mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, and depression. If left untreated, some of the depressive symptoms associated with anabolic steroid withdrawal have been found to persist for a year or more after the last use. All these and many other reasons signify the importance of seeking timely help for steroid abuse, else the results can sometimes be life-threatening.

The first step towards attaining recovery from steroid addiction begins with a detoxification treatment conducted by an addiction expert and/or at specialized steroids detox centers. The aim is to cleanse one’s body of all the unwanted substances that got accumulated due to steroid abuse. On successful completion of the steroid detox treatment, the recovering individual then proceeds to undergo a comprehensive treatment plan that encompasses medications, therapies and counseling sessions.

Why choose Sovereign Health of Florida?

Sovereign Health of Florida is a behavioral health leader in the treatment of steroid addiction. Our association with patients seeking treatment begins with a physical and psychological evaluation. This allows us to identify anything that may be causing or contributing to their addiction as well as helps us in ensuring that they are offered the best-individualized treatment plan, which accommodates their specific needs.

At Sovereign Health of Florida, we have a dedicated team of experienced professionals who plan a proper detox program for each of our patients, treat them with a range of evidence-based therapies as well as equip them with life skills and tools they need to thrive and enjoy lasting recovery post successful completion of the treatment program. What makes us different from our peers is the fact that we plan each step for our patients after careful assessment. Our holistic approach to treatment enables us help our patients in all possible ways. This is what minimizes the possibility of a relapse as well as prepares the patients for a happy and healthy future.

If you like to learn more about steroid abuse treatment programs offered at our facilities, contact our 24/7 helpline or chat online.

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