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Steroid addiction and abuse have become widespread as people consume them to get into shape or get the perfect model figure. The need to look better has an impact on people and they start looking towards steroids to help them achieve their dream body. Anabolic-androgenic steroids are used for this purpose. Anabolism refers to cell growth, while androgenic means enhancing male features.

Anabolic steroids are drugs that help the body produce testosterone. These are the primary male sex hormones that help to develop the male reproductive system. It also helps in producing body hair and contributes to muscle growth. Anabolic steroids are used for treating medical issues and are available through prescriptions.

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Abusing Anabolic Steroids

Anabolic steroids come in the form of injectable liquids, pills, and gels. These are sold by the name of juice and roids. These change how the body builds muscle naturally and helps the person exercise way more than their usual capacity. A steroid user can exercise frequently and get greater results as these drugs allow the muscle to heal quickly.

Steroids do not produce any feelings of euphoria or pleasure. However, their influence and effect on the body and the person’s psyche can cause the user to develop a steroid addiction.


This refers to taking steroids for a specific amount of time; this can last between six to twelve weeks. The user takes several doses of steroids then stops. This is done so the body can produce its natural testosterone as well. After a temporary withdrawal, the user starts to consume them again.


In this method, the user takes more than one type of steroid at once. It could also mean that the user mixes both oral and injectable formulas.


When a person follows this method, they take steroids for a predetermined time period. The user starts the cycle with a small dose and gradually increases the dose. Once the maximum dosage is reached, the user gradually decreases the use of steroids.

Common Steroids

There are around 24 commonly known steroids. Some of them are:


Testosterone has around six common forms. It is known as the male sex hormone that helps with the growth of hair and muscles.


It burns fat at a faster pace. It is also anabolic and androgenic. It can be consumed orally or is injected into the body.


It is one of the most potent steroids to exist. It helps users cut fat and acts as a bulking agent. It is well known for its cutting abilities. Trenbolone preserves muscle mass and increases the metabolic rate.


Winstrol has caused many scandals in the world. It is mainly used by those users who engage in cutting cycles. It preserves the lean tissue and is often used side by side with testosterone.

Withdrawing from Steroids

People who consume steroids in large amounts are at risk of developing many health issues. The abuse can also become fatal and irreversible if proper treatment is not given in due time. Addiction to steroids can cause strokes, liver cancers, and heart attacks. Steroid withdrawal symptoms can last a few days to a few weeks. It depends on the person and the amount of consumption.

The most common symptoms are headaches and nausea. These are also followed by irritability and aggression. Once the initial phase is over, the person suffers from fatigue and is unable to concentrate. In the third phase, a person may also face abdominal pain and lose his appetite. After this phase ends, most withdrawal symptoms will have diminished.

Treatment for Steroid Addiction

Professional help is critical to get rid of steroid addiction. It is critical that during the withdrawal process, the patient is closely monitored as they might experience suicidal behavior. All addiction recovery centers should provide mental health counseling to help patients cope with mood swings and other issues that emerge during the withdrawal process. Through these sessions, a user can figure out why he started using steroids in the first place.

For heavily addicted patients, it is preferable to seek inpatient therapy as the steroid user needs to be placed in a safe space for detox. The patient lives in the center for around 28 to 90 days. For users, who have a mild addiction, outpatient services may be sufficient. This arrangement allows them to heal in their everyday environment.

If you are addicted to steroids, please seek help. We are here to provide you with all the services that you may need. With some dedication and hard work, you can overcome your drug addiction. We are here to help you get better and will provide you the best services. You will feel at home in our friendly environment. We incorporate different services in our treatment programs, such as therapy and specialized care programs. If you have any questions or queries, reach out to us, and we will do our best to assist you.


Valerie Tecci, Program Director

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