The Truth About Steroids

Anabolic steroids have a legitimate medical purpose to help patients gain weight after a severe illness or infection. There are other medical issues that can cause patients difficulty with weight gain. The medical issues are often certain types of anemia, breast cancer, or growth disorders.

Anabolic steroids may not seem to be as widespread as other drugs or medications. However, steroid abuse can cause serious health problems. Athletes and bodybuilders are the most common population to abuse steroids. Steroids allows you to gain muscle mass rapidly, train more intensely, and for longer periods of time. The results of steroid use is quick and noticeable. However, the results are temporary and come with serious medical complications.

Side effects of steroid abuse can include:

  • Infertility
  • Mood changes, specifically aggression and depression
  • Breast development in males
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Excess hair growth in women
  • Cardiovascular disease

Some of the side effects of anabolic steroids are irreversible. Athletes, body builders, and even people looking for a quick solution to gaining muscle may become caught in the cycle of steroid abuse. Steroid use isn’t just limited to adults, many teenagers are using steroids. Steroids do not provide a euphoric feeling, like other drugs. Instead, they provide a temporary solution to bulking or strengthening your muscle mass.

Like other substances, steroid abuse can lead to dependency and withdrawal. Withdrawal is not commonly life threatening, but the effects of withdrawal can interfere with your daily life. Withdrawal from steroid dependency can last as long as one year. Withdrawal from anabolic steroids include:

  • Cravings for steroids
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Appetite changes
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Libido and erection problems

Even though steroid addiction is not a common topic, treatment is available. While there are currently no 12-step programs available for steroid dependence, there are general addiction support groups and treatment centers that treat steroid abuse.

If you think that you can’t look you’re best without using steroids, you should educate yourself on the dangers of abuse. While steroids may provide a quick fix, the dangers far outweigh any potential benefits. Consider getting a personal trainer, joining a recovery program, and dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle. You are better off not using steroids to reach your health goals.

Hired Power are experts at connecting you to resources that can get you started on the journey of recovery. Through our range of services and expertise, you can stay sober. Contact us now at 714-559-3919. Let us help you figure out the right steps to take.