Treatment Of Steroid Addiction

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Steroids

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

We hear that from those who’ve experienced abuse of anabolic steroids. The steroids are laboratory-manufactured versions of testosterone, the primarily male sex hormone.

When taken, steroids help increase muscles mass, which is why steroids are sometimes prescribed for patients suffering from diseases that cause muscle detiorioration, such as HIV and cancer.

It’s also why steroids are abused by athletes or bodybuilders who will do anything for an edge above the competition.

The idea within eventual steroid addicts is that if doctors prescribe it, it can be safe “so long as I use control.” But they often don’t consider that patients are medically monitored and are given a host of other prescriptions to offset its very negative effects.

Left to one’s own devices, steroids users often take too much, too often, and quickly find themselves both craving steroids and abusing the drug to ward off the dramatic withdrawal symptoms and aftereffects when abuse has stopped.

Red Flags of Steroid Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), steroid abuse can cause:

  • Abnormally excessive development of breast tissue in males, called gynocomastia
  • Dizziness, trembling
  • Drastic appetite swings
  • Energy level swings
  • Hair loss in clumps
  • Increased muscle size – sudden or gradual
  • Jaundice or yellowing of the skin – a sign of liver damage
  • Joint pain; heightened proclivity to rupturing muscles and tendons
  • Male pattern baldness in women and men
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Polarized sleep patterns
  • Small red or purplish acne, with shoulder and back breakouts
  • Skin abscesses and cysts
  • Stretch marks on the inner joints
  • Thickening of body hair on women
  • Trouble urinating; discoloration or blood in urine
  • Unusually greasy hair or oily skin
  • Volleying fluid levels face and body bloating or night sweats
  • Weight gain – rapid or progressive

And these signs are just what are externally apparent. According to NIDA, internal symptoms of steroid addiction include:

  • A reversal of good and bad cholesterol levels
  • Cancer
  • Delusions
  • Enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks
  • Hepatitis or HIV from needle use and sharing
  • Shrinking of the testicles
  • Enlargement of the clitoris
  • Infertility

Sovereign Health understands what may have begun out of a vain desire to get a jump on boosting the physique may have spiraled into a legitamate and steroid dependency with scary and lethal body damages.

Steroid addiction is both physical and mental – thus we believe treatment must also address detox and rehabilitation as well as mental health therapy.

Abusing Steroids

To be clear, steroids are illegal to possess without a legitamate, personal prescription.

It’s likely that underlying mental disorder instigates most cases of steroid abuse; it’s pretty clear the negatives outweigh the positives for nonmedical and unsupervised consumption. Someone  would have to feel desparate to take such a great risk for aesthetic results.

A dual diagnosis of muscle dysmorphia is one example. Muscle dyspmorphia is a body image disorder that warps one’s perception of one’s body. Both females and males with the disorder identify as small, weak or fat, regardless of how they actually look.

Previous physical or sexual trauma can also drive some to experiment with steroid use – as a kind of subconscious compensation for being taken advantage of.

Steroids are used by:

  • Direct injection into the muscles
  • Taken orally in pill form
  • Used topically in gels and creams

Steroids Inside the Body

Like added layers when stitching a garmet, muscles are naturally built up by repairing small tears to muscle fibers that occur during athletic physical activity. As the tiny fibers heal they’re rebuilt stronger over a period of time result in dense muscular layers – or as we see it, muscle growth. Steroids activate cells and accelerate this ripping and rending process, resulting in larger muscles in a condensed time frame.

Short-term steroid use can stir a person’s emotions – creating unpredictable and aggressive mood swings also known as “roid rage.” Long-term steroid abuse can lead to stroke and heart attack – even in young people.

Some steroid abusers self-medicate with other drugs to try and counter sleep and emotional problems brought on by abuse of anabolic steroids.

Getting Treatment

Sovereign Health is a formidable source for mental health issues that may instigate steroid abuse. We are licensed for mental health, with a focus on treating addictions concurrently. As a nationwide treatment provider, we are proud to be Joint Commission accredited and have a full spectrum of substance abuse, chronic pain, mental and eating disorder treatments in inpatient residential, outpatient and continuing care programs.

Sovereign Health specializes in customizing treatment. Each person came to his or her situation in a host of sad, traumatic or genetically predispositioned circumstances and thus treatment should be equally personal. We are a hub of doctors, nurses, therapists, clinical concierge hosts, residential attendants and support staff all dedicated to individualizing recovery so it lasts.

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