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Steroid Addiction and Treatment

In the late 30's anabolic steroids were developed for the treatment of hypogonadism. This is a condition where the testes don't produce the necessary amount of testosterone that's needed in men for normal healthy growth and development or sexual functioning.

Anabolic steroids are used when puberty is delayed in an individual and also for some kinds of impotency medical issues. Steroids are also given to people suffering from HIV if their bodies are deteriorating.

Steroids are a man-made substance which is similar to male sex hormones and they require a prescription for legitimate use. Steroids are classified as a Schedule III substance because there are legitimate medical uses for them. Steroids can lead to physical and psychological dependence so should never be misused or abused.

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Steroid Abuse

Once it was realized that taking steroids helped with muscle growth athletes and bodybuilders began to use and abuse them. Steroids can be ingested, injected into the muscle or comes in creams and gels that are rubbed into the skin. Using steroids are legal as long as the individual has a legitimate prescription for using them. Many people don't though, they use steroids to bulk up using large doses and this is illegal and dangerous.

Men tend to abuse steroids more than women but people of all ages abuse them throughout the United States. For the most part people 18 years of age and older abuse steroids but many high school students abuse them also.

Cycling Steroid Abuse

Sometimes steroid user's abuse them in patterns in which they use large amounts in a certain amount of time then stop for a while, and eventually start again.

Stacking Steroid Abuse

Some users mix different kinds of steroids together because they believe combining them together will have an effect on the end result producing larger muscle size.

Steroid Pyramiding

Sometimes steroid users slowly increase their dose and how often they take them until they reach a certain point and then slowly reduce their dose till reaching the end of the cycle.

Steroid Use Risks

There are many health problems associated with steroid abuse, these health issues affect the user physically and emotionally. Some of the serious consequences related to steroid abuse include:

  1. Liver tumors
  2. Kidney tumors
  3. Retention of fluid
  4. Severe acne
  5. Cancer
  6. Jaundice
  7. Elevated blood pressure
  8. Elevated cholesterol
  9. Steroid users go through intense mood swings
  10. Manic symptoms
  11. Roid rage which is violent
  12. Depression
  13. Paranoid jealousy
  14. Severe irritability
  15. Delusions
  16. Judgment can be impaired

Steroid Effects on Men

  1. Decreased sperm count
  2. Infertility problems
  3. Testicles can shrink
  4. Balding
  5. Breasts may develop
  6. Prostate cancer risk is increased

Steroid Effects on Women

  1. Facial hair growth
  2. Male pattern baldness
  3. Menstrual cycle changes
  4. Voice deepens

Slang Steroid Street Terms

  1. Arnolds
  2. Gym candy
  3. Juice
  4. Pumpers
  5. Stackers
  6. Weight trainers

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