Steroids have addictive properties. Synthetic substances such as anabolic steroids are illegal in the United States. The drug promotes muscle growth which has widespread use within sports. Numerous health consequences can arise as a result of using steroids, particularly in teenagers who are already susceptible to changes in the physical body from hormones and mental and emotional well being.
A person who becomes addicted to steroids spends time and money obtaining the drug and is focused almost solely on this endeavor. In spite of the negative physical and emotional consequences, effect on social relationship and such, people who abuse steroids are not likely to stop without help. Withdrawal symptoms can occur when the drug wears off which include mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, decreased appetite, difficulty sleeping, cravings for the drug and depression which can last longer than a year, in some cases.
Young men in their teens are more likely than the female counterparts to abuse steroids. Adolescent boys use steroids to boost self-esteem, to counter social pressure from friends and combat a deeper layer of dissatisfaction about overall appearance. Pressure to perform in sports can also lead to pressure for young men to take steroids to bulk up and help boost performance. Getting caught using steroids can lead to many consequences including financial, legal, criminal and social concerns. A teenager can greatly disrupt healthy patterns of living, increase feelings of isolation and depression and face severe consequences at home, school and work.
Chronic anabolic steroid use can be combatted with the assistance of trusted parents, coaches, counselors or friends who can support the teenager in getting appropriate help. A trusted adult is someone who will support the teenager through the journey of getting off steroids in a healthy and long lasting manner. Teens who experience addiction can find treatment help at Hired Power with the guidance of a strong supportive team who understands the issues at hand. An individual must be willing to seek help but it is important to build a social net to catch the teen and offer support when he or she reaches out. It may be difficult to do, but if a family member or friend notices something is off and suspects steroid use, it is important to confront the issue in a positive manner and suggest seeking help.
Some of the long lasting consequences of steroid use in young men can be the following:
- shrinking of testicles
- male-pattern baldness
- short stature/stunted growth
Women who use are susceptible to the following changes:
- excessive growth of body hair
- short stature/stunted growth
Other symptoms can include:
- increase in LDL, decrease in HDL cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- heart attack risk
- enlargement of heart ventricle
- liver cancer or hepatitis
- fluid retention
- rage/aggressive behavior
Help is available if you are struggling with an addiction to steroids. Hired Power has trained counselors ready to offer help and resources. Call today at 800-910-9299.