Steroids are normal drugs that people take for all kinds of medical purposes. When we talk about steroid abuse, we are often talking about anabolic steroids used by athletes and bodybuilders. Anabolic steroids are “a synthetic steroid hormone that resembles testosterone in promoting the growth of muscle.” Used medically, steroids help promote growth and can reduce inflammation in rashes, for example. On the abusive side of anabolic steroids, the synthetic hormones are used to increase athletic performance, build muscle, and gain strength.

People who abuse anabolic steroids are not using normal amounts of the steroids which might be prescribed by a doctor. Substance abuse of any kind is defined by using a substance outside of its intended use. Illicit drugs are not intended to be used. Prescribed drugs, however, are. When someone hasn’t been prescribed steroids by a doctor and they are using them for non-medical purposes like athletic performance and muscle mass. Most often, when someone is abusing anabolic steroids, they are abusing the drugs at up to 100 times the amount of steroids which would be prescribed by a doctor. Using steroids as pills, topical applications, or intravenous administration, the high amounts of synthetic hormones eventually change the body.

There are few well known symptoms of steroid abuse like an alteration in male reproductive organs, due to the high levels of synthetic testosterone, a change in voice, rapid gaining of muscle, and change in mood. Called “roid rage” the testosterone is known to make people very edgy and aggressive. One of the less often talked about side effects of long term substance abuse is the effect steroids have on the heart. Studies have found that long term abuse of steroids can cause problems in the heart like an impaired ability to pump blood. Pumping blood is the purpose of the heart, sending blood to the brain sending oxygen flowing throughout the body as well as to the brain. When the heart loses its ability to pump blood it can slow down, stop, or cause other problems as a result of reduced blood flow.


We know how it feels to feel like you cannot be yourself without drugs. You can be an excellent athlete, performer, and person, without the use of anabolic steroids. There is freedom and hope for you in recovery. Call Design For Change today for information on our treatment programs for steroid addiction and recovery: (877) 267-3646

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