Steroid Abuse Effects and Treatment

Steroid abuse is possible when use is continued despite their negative physical and social effects. Withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite, insomnia and reduced sex drive manifest themselves when the abuser quits. Depression is the most dangerous of the withdrawal symptoms, having been linked to suicide and suicide attempts.

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Steroid Overview

Most anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that resemble testosterone. Taken orally or injected, steroids are often prescribed for a variety of illnesses, injuries and other various conditions. Abuse generally happens among athletes seeking to build muscle and enhance performance, but it crosses all demographics.

Anabolic steroid abuse can lead to serious health problems, some of which are irreversible. Among them are liver damage, jaundice, fluid retention, high blood pressure and increases in poor cholesterol. Males may experience shrinking of the testicles, baldness, breast development and infertility. Females risk growth of facial hair, menstrual changes, male-pattern baldness and a deepened voice. Teens risk permanently stunted height, accelerated puberty changes and severe acne. All users, particularly those who inject the drug, are vulnerable to infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Signs and Symptoms of Steroids Abuse

Anabolic steroids are widely used for men who are involved in sports and other kinds of body building activities. However, the trend for non-prescribed anabolic steroids is also increasing among regular men, who want to build their bodies to impress people around or get more opportunities. The signs and symptoms of steroid abuse include:

  • Acne and pimples
  • Spending large amounts of money and time in getting steroids
  • Continuing abuse of steroids despite of negative consequences
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Reduced interest in sex
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Steroid cravings
  • Fatigue

The signs and side effects may not show up instantly or even for many years after the abuse. But short-term signs and symptoms may be visible with close monitoring. If you are addicted to steroids or you know someone in your circle who is, look for the above given signs and symptoms and seek medical help as soon as possible to prevent further damages.

Effects of Steroid Abuse

Anabolic steroids come with androgynous factor; which means that can affect sex-specific characteristics. The most infamous effect of prolonged use of anabolic steroids is the shrinking of testicles and growth of breast tissues in men. In women, these steroids get converted into testosterone that results in increased body hair and menstrual irregularities. In some cases, it can also deepen the voice permanently.

Steroids can have adverse impact on the user’s physical and psychological health. In significant ways it can totally change a person’s appearance, as well as characteristics with long-term use.

Short Term Effects of Anabolic Steroid Abuse

  • Aggression
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Impaired judgment
  • Reduced sex drive

Studies show that individuals who abuse steroids are more likely to use other recreational drugs, to counter the negative effects of the steroid abuse. Even though it takes many years of abuse to observe full effects of steroid addiction, more serious health complications may also drastically affect a person’s lifestyle. Some of these effects are also irreversible and the person may have to deal with them for the rest of his life.

  • High blood pressure
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Enlargement of heart disease and heart muscles
  • Muscle aches
  • Severe acne
  • Yellowing of the skin
  • Baldness
  • Deepened voice
  • Changes in menstrual cycle
  • Infertility
  • Growth of facial hair
  • Infertility
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Testicle size, baldness
  • Increased risk of prostate cancer
  • Development of breasts in men
  • Stunted growth for teens

The withdrawal symptoms can be severe, but usually the patients are able to deal with them. The effects of steroid addiction can even lead to loss of job, ruined relationships and financial problems.

Steroid Statistics

Around 13 percent of people using steroids have admitted to use share needles or vials. As per the reported surveys in the year 2006, 1.2% of steroid abusers practice wrong way to stake drugs that can lead to HIV and Hepatitis.

In the United States alone, 3.4% of the total population of men uses steroids to develop a god body mass, but often become addicted to it after seeing positive results. Most of them even develop tolerance and look for even powerful drugs.