Steroids & Performance Enhancing Drugs
As part of AwakeningsPM’s treatment for Addictions and Dual Diagnosis, staff address Anabolic Steroid Abuse.
AwakeningsPM believes that the use and abuse of anabolic steroids can lead to addiction. This is demonstrated by continued use despite health risks and negative consequences, such as relationship problems, loss of control, and secretiveness around use. Cessation of anabolic steroid use is associated with withdrawal symptoms, including severe depression.
In addition to anabolic steroids, other performance and appearance altering drugs include human growth hormone (HGH), and EPO.
Anabolic steroid abuse can result in permanent damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys. In males, steroid abuse can decrease sperm production, shrink the testicles, cause impotence, and produce irreversible breast enlargement (gynecomastia). Females can develop more masculine characteristics such as deepening of the voice and excessive body hair. In adolescents, abuse of anabolic steroids can stunt bone growth, reducing maximum height potential. Other side effects include acne, cysts, and oily hair and skin. Additionally, individuals who inject anabolic steroids with nonsterile needles risk developing HIV and other blood-borne infections.
Secondary effects of using steroids may be aggression, irritability, rage, mania, depression, family issues, and even suicide.
Treatment for steroid abuse at AwakeningsPM focuses specifically on the individual and treats the whole person for underlying issues that have prompted the steroid abuse. Whether steroids are used to increase performance, enhance physical appearance, or as a way of participating in high-risk behaviors, AwakeningsPM addresses the unique circumstances that led the individual to abuse steroids and then develops a plan for ongoing abstinence and recovery.