Steroids: Not as Safe as You May Think

Steroids Can Have Negative Side Effects

What are steroids? Steroids are synthetic drugs which mimic hormones that are naturally found in the human body. Steroids are often used as a means to more easily achieve the effect of a built body and to increase strength and muscle mass. Unfortunately, these anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS), when misused, can have side effects on your health and mental state. The prolonged use of steroids can also have negative repercussions.

Unbeknownst to many, steroids have addictive qualities which lead many to become dependent on them, even though they do not necessarily release a ‘high’ or make you feel euphoria as some other drugs do. When individuals do not take them, they can experience withdrawal symptoms which can often result in violent outbursts; a dangerous side effect of steroid dependency.

When an individual experiences steroid withdrawal, they may have suicidal thoughts or thoughts of depression. This can take a major toll on the individual as well as those who are close to them. If you plan on quitting steroids, it’s advised that you seek the guidance of medical professionals in order to lessen the withdrawal symptoms that are often associated with withdrawal and discontinuation of the drug.

Steroids Effects on the Brain

Steroids, just like any other drugs, have an effect on our brains and our bodies as they change our chemicals makeup. Steroids alter our hormones, often making us act in an irrational and moody manner. Steroids affect and disrupt how different parts of the brain function which, in turn, affects hormone levels which would explain why those who are dependent on steroids have angry outbursts and odd behavior.

The majority of individuals who use steroids to achieve a ‘built’ look are males and one of the side effects of this is the inability to produce a normal amount of testosterone. In turn, this can have a negative side effect on their ability to reproduce due to a lower sperm count.

Symptoms of Withdrawal

If you are using steroids and suddenly stop taking them, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Some of the symptoms that you may experience are:

  • Feelin Lethargic
  • Fever
  • Anxiousness
  • Anger
  • No Appetite
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Insomnia

Within 24 hours of not taking any steroids, the individual will begin to feel the side effects that come with the withdrawal process. The individual may become nervous and restless and may experience a headache or nausea. Within five days of discontinued steroid use, individuals may feel tired and have a lack of stamina. They may go through bouts of depression and withdraw from social outings.

If you experience any of these symptoms when you do not take steroids, you may need to seek help for a dependency issue. A treatment program that incorporates medically assisted detox can help to safely and effectively wean you off of the substance of abuse.

There are various treatment programs that can help patients overcome their dependence on steroids. Counseling, therapy, dual diagnosis, and skill-building therapies are all types of programs that individuals who struggle with steroid use may benefit from.

Sources:

https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/cc3834004f50b372ac57ed330cda8a00/What+are+steroids+%2800498%29+2017.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=ROOTWORKSPACE-cc3834004f50b372ac57ed330cda8a00-meDa4x5

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/anabolic-steroids

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About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.