What are Anabolic Steroids?
Anabolic steroids are drugs that mimic the effects of 2 predominately male hormones, testosterone and dyhydrotesterone. Taking Anabolic Steroids (aka, Roids, Juice, Steroids) increases the body’s ability to build muscle mass and to repair it’s self at a much quicker rate.
Steroids have been used in medicine for many many years, and have helped millions of people to recover from life threatening illnesses, but more and more they are being misused to enhance performance in sports such as body building, giving the individual an unfair advantage over competitors.
But that’s not the only reason steroids can be misused, individual’s with low self-esteem and body dysmorphic disorder find that by using steroids, they can train harder for longer in the gym, building muscle mass and quickly changing their shape to how they perceive to be perfection. The high that they get from the training and compliments that they receive can be addictive, leading some to get hooked on the effects that the steroids produce.
Steroids and Addiction
Becoming addicted to Steroids is dangerous, as steroids have many unwanted to side effects such as paranoia, aggression, violence, decreased bone mass density, heart problems, diabetes and Liver tumours to name but a few. The risks are increased if the individual is injecting, which is common amongst body builders. They are at increased risk of contracting a blood born virus such as Hepatitis B and C or HIV.
Addiction to anabolic steroids is much like any other addiction, and can be successfully treated with therapy and counselling. The addiction is psychological, but there is also a physical element to the high produced by the increase in libido and endorphins from training harder and longer. Attaining a body that is muscular and strong can be hard to let go of, which means more steroids in order to maintain it as it has not been naturally achieved. You may find yourself trapped and feel fearful of the consequences of not taking them more than the risks involved in continuing to take them. This can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression and despair.
I would urge anyone who is concerned about their Steroid taking or is feeling trapped in the cycle of taking them, to seek professional help. Steroid addiction can be successfully treated in rehab, leading you to feel free from the pressure and self-destructive behaviours of addiction.