Treatment Of Steroid Addiction

“It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

We hear this a lot from those who abuse 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 they are sometimes prescribed to patients suffering from diseases that cause muscle deterioration, such as HIV and cancer.

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

Most steroid addicts tend to believe that since doctors prescribe it, it will be safe “so long as I use control.” But they often don’t take into account that patients are medically monitored and are given a host of other prescriptions to offset its negative effects.

Left to one’s own devices, steroid users often take these drugs too much, too often. This, in turn, leads to an addiction followed by cravings when their use is stopped. To satiate one’s cravings and ward off the dramatic withdrawal symptoms and aftereffects, people generally end up abusing the steroids again.

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.
  • Excessive hair loss.
  • Increased muscle size – sudden or gradual.
  • Jaundice or yellowing of 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 are just the external signs that are 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 better physique may have spiraled into a legitimate, steroid dependency with lethal consequences.

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 legitimate, personal prescription.

It’s likely that an underlying mental disorder instigates most cases of steroid abuse. It is also pretty clear the negatives outweigh the positives for nonmedical and unsupervised consumption.

Someone would have to be desperate to take such a great risk for aesthetic results. A dual diagnosis of muscle dysmorphia could be one such instance. 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 garment, 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, which, in turn, results in dense muscular layers – or as we see it, muscle growth. Steroids activate cells and accelerate this ripping and rending process, thus, 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.

Seeking help

Sovereign Health is an excellent place to address mental health issues that may instigate steroid abuse. We are licensed for mental health treatment, 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.

The first step towards recovery is undergoing a detox program. Therefore, for an individual addicted to steroids, it becomes important to begin his/her path to recovery with a specialized detoxification treatment offered at one of the best steroids detox centers. With proper care and guidance offered by a team of experts, an individual is made to undergo a detox program or a full-fledged steroids detox treatment so that he/she soon attains recovery and begin leading a healthy life.

Sovereign Health specializes in customizing treatment. Each person seeks help for his or her own situation in a host of sad, traumatic or genetically pre-dispositioned 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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