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What is Steroid Addiction Treatment?

The idea of an anabolic steroid center for addiction treatment may seem like a strange one.

It can be hard to imagine steroids as an addictive drug. Like any other drug that can be abused, steroids are addictive.

Long-term use of anabolic steroids can lead to many serious health issues, which is why we take the abuse of these drugs very seriously.

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we have perfected a range of specialized steroid abuse treatment options to be able to serve the needs of every client.

Understanding Anabolic Steroids

Testosterone is the main sex hormone that is responsible for helping men grow facial hair, have deeper voices, and to build muscle. Anabolic steroids are a man-made version of testosterone and were created to help men with hormone issues, from delayed puberty to muscle loss from diseases.

This ability to help muscle growth is what led to steroids being misused by some men and steroid addiction.

While many who misuse them are athletes or bodybuilders, everyday people also use it to boost their muscle gains in the gym.

Misusing this drug can lead to health and performance issues for men, which is why there are anabolic steroid centers to help men overcome a steroid addiction.

The Effects of Anabolic Steroid Use

The main effect of steroids is enhanced muscle growth. That makes anabolic steroids popular with men in their 20s and 30s who enjoy weightlifting.

Taking steroids while weightlifting helps to boost muscle growth and strength. While it is against the rules for most professional and amateur athletes to take steroids, this does not always stop them from using them.

Athletes take steroids to boost their performance. While drug studies rarely research the popularity of steroids, it is estimated that three to four million Americans have used steroids to improve their athletic performance or to gain muscle mass to improve their appearance.

Analyzing Steroid Abuse

When steroids are taken in any way other than they are prescribed, that is considered steroid abuse. At our anabolic steroid center, we find that clients abuse steroids in a few different ways.

Some take steroid pills orally, some inject it into their muscles, and others apply steroid gel or cream to their skin.

People with a steroid addiction often take high doses, from 10 times to 100 times a normal prescribed amount. They also tend to abuse steroids in a particular use pattern. Common patterns for abusing steroids include:

  • Cycling: taking multiple doses for a span of time, stopping for a little while, and then restarting the same multiple-dose pattern.
  • Stacking: combining two or more different steroids, or mixing oral, injectable, or topical types.
  • Pyramiding: slowly increasing the dose or frequency of anabolic steroids, reaching a peak amount, and then slowly tapering back off to none.
  • Plateauing: using multiple types of steroids by alternating, overlapping, or substituting them to avoid developing a tolerance.

Some people believe that different patterns of steroid use help to reduce its harmful side effects. This simply is not true; no matter what pattern of steroid use you try, the risks are the same. Even though steroids do not cause a high, they can still be addictive.

After using anabolic steroids for a long period of time, you can experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using them. These symptoms can include tiredness, restlessness, a loss of appetite, insomnia, and cravings for steroids.

Health Risks of Anabolic Steroids

Abusing steroids can be dangerous for your health, especially if you take them for a long period of time. Some of the most common health issues from steroid addiction include:

  • Acne
  • Stunted growth in teens
  • High blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Heart problems
  • Liver disease or liver cancer
  • Kidney damage
  • Aggressive behavior or mood swings

There are other common issues that men may experience as well. These can include balding, low sperm count, shrinking testicles, and even breast growth. While steroid use is less common in women, they can also experience different side effects. These can include excessive body hair, facial hair, baldness, a deepening of your voice, and changes in your menstrual cycle.

The most serious side effect of anabolic steroid use is the increased risk of having a heart attack. Many studies have found that long-term steroid use increases plaque buildup in your heart’s arteries. This buildup is what causes heart attacks.

Mental Illness and Anabolic Steroids

One of the most common issues we see during anabolic steroids treatment are ones that relate to the mental health of our patients. Steroid use can lead to major changes in a person’s mood, including:

  • Extreme irritability, aggression, or anger
  • Paranoia
  • Jealousy
  • Delusions, or false beliefs or ideas
  • Impaired judgment
  • Manic episodes

These changes in mood can have a negative impact on a client’s personal life, which only further complicates their emotions. For people experiencing withdrawal symptoms from stopping steroid use, there are other potential mental health issues.

Depression is one of the most common withdrawal symptoms we see during steroid abuse treatment. If you are going through withdrawal alone instead of at a trusted anabolic steroid center, you are also at a higher risk of attempting suicide.

Anabolic Steroids Treatment

The biggest hurdle in getting help from a steroid abuse treatment center is admitting that you have a problem. Steroid abuse is just as serious as any other form of drug abuse, which is why we have special anabolic steroids treatment programs.

There are different ways that we can help clients with our anabolic steroids treatment options.

The first step for all patients seeking steroid abuse treatment is the detox process. Our anabolic steroid center will typically recommend medically assisted detox. This process helps to lessen withdrawal symptoms.

It can ease steroid withdrawal symptoms and prevent complications. Sometimes this involves gradually reducing your steroid dosage in our secure environment to wean your body from the drug. Other medical options may include:

  • Synthetic hormones to help balance your testosterone levels and reduce withdrawal symptoms
  • Antidepressants to help treat depression or mood swings that come because of stopping your steroid usage
  • Clonidine, a medicine that helps reduce anxiety, muscle aches, and cramping

Counseling, both in one-on-one and group sessions, with a licensed mental health professional, is going to be the cornerstone of your recovery. Successful steroid abuse treatment includes being able to see why steroid abuse was harmful.

Counseling will help you find these answers, as well as give you the help you need to avoid steroids and stay clean.

Paying for Treatment

The first step in your journey to overcoming your steroid abuse is simple: contact Resurgence Behavioral Health.

Our free insurance verification tool allows us to help you figure out exactly what your insurance will pay for. We accept most PPO insurance as well as private forms of payment for treatment. We will also communicate with your insurance provider to ensure that you receive every benefit that you are entitled to.

You can complete a simple form right from our website or call us directly. At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we believe that the environment is just as important as treatment. That is why our locations are in safe and secure neighborhoods, with plenty of open space for peace and quiet.

We will arm you with all the tools and resources that you need to be successful in overcoming your addiction. Call us today to get started on your road to a steroid-free life.

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