Steroid abuse and steroid addiction often brings to mind competitive athletes who are trying to get an edge on the competition, such as extremely muscular bodybuilders. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), since the 1980s, steroid use by male, non-athlete weightlifters has exceeded steroid use by competitive athletes.
Anabolic-androgenic steroids, frequently shorted to “anabolic steroids” or just “steroids,” are synthetic substances that mimic naturally occurring testosterone in the body. They are sometimes used to treat medical conditions such as muscle loss, delayed puberty, low testosterone levels, and other circumstances, according to NIDA. But they are also very effective at increasing lean muscle mass in the body when they are used in tandem with weight training, and because of their muscle-building properties, they are frequently misused.
Anabolic steroid addiction and the side effects of anabolic steroids can cause a host of consequences affecting health, relationships and finances. In some cases, it may even lead to death. It can be extremely difficult to break free of an anabolic steroid addiction, but getting professional help can have a huge positive impact. Read on to learn more about anabolic steroid addiction and the addiction recovery services offered by The Phoenix Recovery Center.