Statistics show that over 40% of Australians have used anabolic steroids for non-medical purposes. While not these people are going down the path of steroid abuse, a good proportion of them are. For example; the number of people sourcing their steroids from ‘illegal sources’ i.e. overseas shot up by 700% from 2007 to 2014. These are only people who are being caught too. It is safe to say that there is currently an epidemic in Australia related to the abuse of steroids, and it shows no sign of slowing down.
Symptoms of Steroid Abuse
There are some symptoms which will start to appear within weeks of taking the steroids. This includes:
- Rapid weight gain
- Rapid muscle gain (surprisingly rare, considering most people take steroids to build up their muscles)
- Enlarged breasts in men
- Increased hair growth. This includes facial hair growth in women.
Those who take steroids over a prolonged period may notice mood swings and the like. You will often find this referred to as ‘roid rage’.
Impact of Abuse of Steroids
Steroids can have several long-term effects on the user. We are sure that you have heard of athletes who have died early due to the abuse of steroids. For a while, this was very common among wrestlers, although now steroid use has been limited among them, it is unlikely to continue. The reason for this is that steroids have a huge impact on the heart. When the heart is put under a lot of stress, it can randomly stop working.
In addition to this, younger people who take steroids may find that their growth is stunted. Even if they come off the steroids, they will never be able to grow to the height that they had the ability to grow to.
Severe side-effects of long term steroid abuse include:
- Vomiting blood
- Pain in the abdomen
- Higher risk of cancer
- Blood clotting
- High Cholesterol
While it is very rare for a person to become addicted to steroids, the body can become dependent on them. This is because if you take steroids enough, the body will start to find it difficult to produce testosterone. This means taking yourself off the steroids could have a negative impact on your health. In addition to this, many people are ‘addicted’ to the way steroids make them look. This can cause severe anxiety. There are several treatments that a person may undergo when they are looking to wean themselves off steroids:
Detox: a lot of the treatment for abuse of steroids will be focused on ensuring that a person can deal with coming off steroids easily. As mentioned previously, a dwindling supply of testosterone can be a major problem when it comes to overcoming steroid issues. As a result, the doctors may provide ‘replacement’ medication which should make the problem a bit easier. At the same time, they will be able to aid and advice for overcoming the worst of the side-effects. This process is a bit quicker than with some other drugs.
Counseling: after the initial detox, the detox will be able to offer counselling. As mentioned previously, a lot of steroid abuse is psychological. People do not feel comfortable in their own body when they take steroids and, as a result, when they come off the steroids they feel like their body is not their own. Counseling will help people out here. The treatment will demonstrate to a person that they do not need to take the steroids to feel good about themselves.
Advice on avoiding steroids: the doctors will also provide advice on avoiding steroids in the future.
Overcoming Steroid Abuse
Avoiding steroid abuse is not going to be an easy process by any stretch of the imagination. If you want it badly enough, and you work with the right team, you will make massive strides quickly. All it takes is a single decision. The decision to make a chance in your life.
Get in touch with a rehabilitation clinic today. Start your journey towards being the person that you deserve to be. 100% free of steroids.