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Most of us recognize steroids as something our physician prescribes for inflammation or asthma. It is surprising to hear of anyone abusing prednisone or steroidal ointment, or other steroid brands.
However, there are two types of steroids: corticosteroid and anabolic. It is an anabolic steroid that is widely abused around the world. The athletic world is familiar with steroid brands because of the misuse among a wide range of sport-related organizations. Unfortunately, the use of steroids results in automatic termination or fines in the professional sports industry.
What are Steroids?
There are two types of steroids. Understanding the differences helps to avoid confusion of the generalized term “steroid.”
- Used for therapeutic/medicinal purposes
- Anabolic Steroid
- Widely abused for the purpose of bulking up muscle mass
- Synthetic testosterone hormone
Corticosteroids are used to treat inflammation such as hives, rashes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. These steroids are medicinal therapies. This type of steroid is what many of us are familiar with in the form of “cortisone injections” for painful joints as well as inflamed sinuses. The common form of use is injection, pills, topical, and inhalant.
Brand Names of Corticosteroids
- Cortone Acetate
- Dexamethasone Intensol
- Entocort EC
- Florinef Acetate
Anabolic steroids are not something new but have been around since the mid-1930s. This drug was used in Germany for depression. It was not until 1954 when the drug was misused when given to Russian weightlifters during the Olympics.
You may have heard of numerous celebrity athletes getting caught “doping,” such as Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriquez, and Lance Armstrong, just to name a few. Anabolic steroids are known in the athletic world as a PED (performance-enhancing drug.) Once an athlete gets caught, it is like having to wear a scarlet letter because of the embarrassment and shame of being labeled a “cheater.”
These drugs are not limited to the professional world of athletics. They are alive and thriving in our local high school locker rooms and throughout various community sports organizations.
Anabolic steroids require a prescription from a physician. Many physicians put their patients on this drug to treat several conditions.
- Testicle dysfunction
- Breast cancer
- Delayed puberty
Many producers will give steroids to cows, pigs, and other meat animals for human consumption to bulk up meat production in the meat industry. Therefore you will notice “hormone-free” labeling on meats in your local grocery store. Those animals were not given steroids.
Anabolic Steroid Brands
- Androsterone (oral)
- Anadrol (oral)
- Deca-Durabolin (injection)
- Depo-Testosterone (injection)
- Dianabol (oral)
- Equipoise (injection) (also used in veterinary medicine)
- Oxandrin (oral)
- Winstrol (oral)
Street Names of Anabolic Steroids
- Gym Candy
- Weight Trainers
Forms of Usage
- Pellet implants
- Topical (patches or gels)
The Abuse of Steroids
The illicit drug trade has a lot of traffic between Mexico and the U.S. since steroids are legal in Mexico. Clandestine labs throughout Mexico see how fortuitous making this drug is because of the high demand in the U.S. The danger of not knowing what a laboratory-made steroid may contain puts a user at high risk of potential side effects that include death.
- Females are less likely to abuse anabolic steroids
- 22% of anabolic steroid users started during their teen years
- Males admittedly use anabolic steroids because of:
- Lack of self-esteem
- Negative body perception
- Muscle dysmorphia
- Parental focus on lack of weight gain
Bodybuilders, athletic-minded, and those seeking to be lean and bulky willingly abuse anabolic steroids to gain an advantage in competitions. Those who take risks in using these steroids do so with high hopes of getting the overall body mass perceived as “manly” and “strong.” Often, these steroids save time spent at the gym, where athletes naturally build muscle mass. Instead, they opt for a solution through pills or injections.
The unfortunate thing is young, developing teenage boys fall prey to steroids because they are behind in developing physically. Once they notice results in the mirror, they like what they see, and before they realize it, they are addicted to those steroids a local drug dealer got from Mexico!
Anabolic steroids are abused at alarming doses!
- Sprinters: up to two times the normal amount
- Bodybuilders: up to 100 times the normal amount
Parents, we will give you a few warning signs to look for if you have a teen that you suspect is using anabolic steroids.
Signs of Teens Using Anabolic Steroids
- The sudden bulky appearance of muscle mass
- Development of breasts in males and females
- Sudden mood swings
- Discarded patches or gel tubes
- The noticeable bump caused by having pellet injection
- The use of “dietary supplements”
- Evidence of using anything labeled as an “HGH” kit
- Abnormal menses in girls
Side Effects of Steroids
It goes without saying that anabolic steroids cause irreversible damage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
- Organ abnormalities
- Atrophy of testicles and/or breast tissue
- Menses irregularity
- Facial and body hair
- Mood swings
- Heart attack
- Blood clotting
- Prostate cancer
- Deep voice
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- No appetite
- Drug craving
- Estrogen rebound side effects hit both women and men
Treatment for a Steroid Addiction
If you use anabolic steroids and find that quitting is impossible, it is time to get help. We understand addictions to these drugs and why you use them. Performance and appearance are typically the universal reason why users choose these drugs.
The longer you take these steroids, the more you put yourself at risk for devastating health issues. It is time to make that call. Your life is not about being in the first place all the time; it’s about living life to its fullest for the first time, free from steroids.
Resurgence understands addiction to steroids. When you call us, you get plugged in with people that are pumped and ready to get you free from the grip of steroid use. You will find after completing treatment here; you are a winner because you did the hardest thing of all, and that is to get help.
We give residents various options in accommodations that range from standard to luxury. If you are seeking a more holistic or faith-based treatment program, we also offer those. Your body, mind, and spirit will find them soothing and peaceful healing it so desperately craves.
Our evidence-based therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Therapy also involves the use of skills and strategies to help you power through life.
Payment and Insurance
We accept most PPO insurances. If you do not see your insurance in our listing below, give us a call. Payment options include private pay, payment plans, and secure online payment service.
- Assurant Health
- Vista Insurance Partners
- Ameritas Group
- Health Net
- Horizon Blue Cross
- Premera Blue Cross
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
You do not need steroids to be a better person or to appear to be something else. Drugs imprison; they do not liberate. You are beautifully and wonderfully made, and no drug should ever have the power to tell you otherwise. Take that first step. We are waiting for your call.