What Can You Do about Your Steroid Addiction?
Here’s what Austrian-born former actor Arnold Schwarzenegger said about his steroid use during a 2005 interview with CBS News.
“I have no regrets about it, because at that time, it was something new that came on the market, and we went to the doctor and did it under doctors’ supervision.”
Schwarzenegger used steroids during his years as a champion body builder, and who wouldn’t want to look like he did back then?
One of the only ways to achieve his level of muscle tone and physique is to use steroids. But the drug is more powerful now than it was 20 years ago. In an effort to get bigger, faster, stronger, steroid abusers are killing themselves. Steroids are amazingly effective at giving people the strength and physique many can only dream of, but is that kind of body worth your life?
If you or your loved one is an athlete, a pop culture enthusiast, or an aspiring model, steroids may be appealing. We see these kinds of people on TV and in movies with “perfect” bodies. Do you ever wonder how many of these people use steroids? The drug makes you look, perform, and feel better, but this substance in excess can be detrimental to your health.
Not all steroid use is dangerous. To clarify, under medical supervision, corticosteroids can help you. They serve a medicinal purpose by reducing inflammation. Corticosteroids are very important in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. Anabolic steroids are also safe to use under medical attention. Anabolic steroids are male hormones, such as testosterone, or commercially-produced chemicals identical to male hormones. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of steroid addiction as abuse of this drug can affect your overall health.
Steroid Addiction and Abuse
Steroid addiction and abuse is prevalent because the drug is easily attainable. You can find steroids via the Internet, in health food stores, gyms, and through mail order materials. Doses taken orally or injected into the muscles can be ten to 100 times higher than doses prescribed by a doctor to treat medical conditions.
Steroid addiction in Texas happens because of the results the drug produces. When you see your muscles start bulging, you get bigger, and temptation develops to get even bigger, which keeps steroid abusers doing more. You might be chasing a high, which boosts your self-esteem. In the 1980s, research proved that heavy depression was caused in people who discontinued their steroid use. The only solution people came up with was to keep abusing them to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
The misuse of steroids can be as harmful as abusing them. Steroid abusers, known as “juice heads,” use the drug in what is known as cycles. Cycling is when steroids are used for periods of weeks or months rather than continuously. Continuous use will create a tolerance and your body will stop producing its own testosterone.
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Steroid Signs and Symptoms
While abusing steroids, your body will experience minor and major health complications. Do not ignore the following signs and symptoms:
Short-term and Long-term Effects of Steroids
- Increased blood pressure
- Decrease in HDL cholesterol
- Increase in LDL cholesterol
- Gynecomastia, or swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone
- Hair loss
- Testicular atrophy and erectile dysfunction
One of the most notable side effects of steroid abuse is a phenomenon known as “roid rage”. Roid rage is the extremely aggressive behavior caused by extended use of steroids. Generally, this episode includes anger far beyond what is deemed appropriate for the given situation. Doctors are not scientifically certain whether steroids can produce psychotic episodes, but proof of violent and aggressive behavior exists in heavy steroid users. Clinical studies conclude that long-term steroid abusers should be carefully monitored and helped medically to avoid hurting themselves or others.
Steroids Have Adverse Effects on Women Too:
- Growth of facial hair
- Male-pattern baldness
- Changes in or cessation of their menstrual cycle
- Enlargement of the clitoris
- Deepened voice
Teenage steroid use is also a growing problem. If steroids are abused before puberty, several problems could arise. Teenagers might experience stunted growth because of premature skeletal maturation and accelerated puberty changes.
Steroid Withdrawal and Detox
Steroids are equally as powerful as illicit drugs. An intensive detox process is required for the body to be weaned off them properly. As with any dangerous substance, quitting cold turkey can cause many problems. Steroid addiction treatment in Texas can help you detox from steroids. There are professionals on staff to help make detox as comfortable as possible. Otherwise, the following withdrawal symptoms could occur:
- Mood swings
- Loss of appetite
- Reduced sex drive
- Steroid cravings
Signs and Symptoms of Teenage Steroid Use
- Withdrawal from family members
- Longer showers or baths (this time is often used for injecting)
- Increased desire for privacy
- Frequent requests for money
- More packages in the mail
- Naps or sleeping in class
- Decline in grades
- Unnatural muscle growth
Beating Steroid Addiction
Arnold Schwarzenegger was a role model for a lot of people. His steroid use helped him achieve his goals. He has paved the way for future bodybuilders, but the drug is dangerous if used improperly. After he retired from the sport, steroid abuse became a huge issue. Schwarzenegger told the Hollywood Reporter in 2012 that athletes were taking doses of steroids 20 times the amount of anything he took, and when the human growth hormone hit the market, things really got out of hand. Together with the International Federation of Bodybuilders, Schwarzenegger is working to eliminate steroids from the sport.
“The drug industry is so sophisticated that there’s always a way around it,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean we should give up.”
And we don’t want you to give up either. If you or your loved one is struggling with a steroid addiction, there is help available at Willow Springs.