Anabolic (“muscle-building”) steroids are man-made substances closely linked to the male hormone testosterone. Anabolic steroids require a prescription for use and can be taken orally, injected intramuscularly, or rubbed on the skin in the forms of gels or creams. Steroids are only available to treat certain medical conditions; however, they are often abused in an attempt to gain muscle mass and can lead to serious health problems.
Steroids are addictive, and unassisted withdrawal from these dangerous drugs can result in dangerous consequences, including severe depression and suicidal thoughts. At Clarity Way, our qualified therapists can help you stay strong physically and mentally without using performance enhancing drugs. Those who get professional treatment often enjoy better recovery outcomes and reduce the chance of relapse. Learn more about addiction and the supportive environment at Clarity Way’s steroid rehab, and find out how our holistic approach to wellness will enhance your lifestyle.
The Short and Long-Term Effects of Steroids
Steroids, also known as Arnolds, gym candy, pumpers, ‘roids, stackers, weight trainers, juice, performance enhancing drugs, and PEDs, are associated with a wide range of side effects, including depression, violence, acne, shrinking of the testicles, and breast development in men. In both males and females, steroid use can lead to male-pattern baldness, cysts, and oily hair and skin. Side effects for females include facial hair growth, menstrual changes, and a deepened voice. There is also the possibility that steroid use will lead to more life threatening effects. Most effects are reversible if the user stops taking the drug, however some — such as male breast enlargement — are permanent and require surgery.
Steroid abuse can lead to cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes, even in athletes under the age of 30. Steroids contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease by changing the levels of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol in the blood. This can lead to blood flow being prevented from reaching either the heart or brain, resulting in a heart attack or stroke, respectively. Steroid use over time can also lead to hostile, violent and angry behavior for no apparent reason. Users are prone to uncontrollable outbursts of frustration and combativeness, often called “roid rage.”
Steroid Rehabilitation at Clarity Way
Clarity Way’s approach to rehabilitation incorporates a range of psychological and physical treatments that can result in better, life-changing wellness. You’ll benefit from progressive therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, where you’ll figure out why you started using steroids to begin with. We’ll help you after rehab, too, with a comprehensive Aftercare Program that we’ll tailor to your specific needs. For steroid rehab and treatment information and to receive more information about our intensive inpatient treatment programs, call us now at 1-877-548-4794.
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Posted on August 15th, 2015 in Blog