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What are Steroids?

  • Description of Steroids?

    Currently, there are over a hundred varieties of anabolic steroids that have been developed, but only a few have been approved for human use. Anabolic Steroids are a type of drug or hormone substances that are chemically related to testosterone, a male hormone that, among other things, promotes muscle growth. Most of the illegal steroids that are sold are smuggled in from other countries, produced in secret black-market laboratories, or illegally stolen from U.S. pharmacies. Most commonly, steroids are used by athlete trying to gain a competitive edge, however, outside of sports, they are typically used to alter a person’s physical appearance through increased muscle mass and weight loss, which in the minds of the user can boost self-confidence and self-image.

  • What is the Scientific Name of Steroids?

    Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids (AAS)

  • What is the Chemical Formula of Steroids?

    There are vast number of types of steroids each with a unique chemical formula, but the chemical formulas for the two most commonly abused steroids are listed below:

    • C19H28O2 (Testosterone)
    • C20H28O2 (Methandrostenolone)

What is the Origin of Steroids?

Using testosterone to improve performance in sports can be traced all the way back to the original Olympics in Greece. However, the first synthesis of anabolic steroids wasn’t produced until 1935 when German chemist Leopold Ruzicka was able to create a synthetic form of testosterone based off the previous work of another German chemist Adolf Butenandt. In 1939 both men were awarded the Nobel Prize for their achievement. Before it was even called steroids, the synthetic testosterone was used to help treat men who were not able to produce a proper amount testosterone. The drug was used to promote normal growth, development, and sexual ability in these men.

Testing during World War II showed that the artificial testosterone could be used to help soldiers who were malnourished to gain weight and it also improved their performance. Based on this evidence, athletes began to use steroids to enhance their performance. After learning that Soviet athletes in the 1956 Olympics used testosterone to boost their strength and win many competitions, Dr. John Zeigler, an American physician, created a more refined form of the drug, which is now known as anabolic steroids. During the 1960’s and early 1970's, steroids were widely used by athletes ranging from the Olympics down to high school athletes. The International Olympic Committee finally banned the use of steroids in 1975 resulting in a dramatic increase in black market production and sales in the following years. Between 1988 and 1990 several federal regulations and laws were enacted to control the production, sale and use of anabolic steroids.

Steroids are Schedule III Drug.

What are the Common Street Names of Steroids?

  • Arnolds
  • Gym Candy
  • Hype
  • Juice
  • Pumpers
  • Roids
  • Stackers
  • Weight Trainers

How is Steroids Used?

Steroids are most often injected using a needle so that the drug directly enters into the blood stream intravenously or into muscle tissue intramuscularly. Some manufacturers also produce pills or gel tabs that are taken orally, or creams that are applied to the skin. Typically the drugs are supposed to be taken once, however, some illicit users have developed complex patterns known as stacking, cycling, or pyramiding that can increase doses 10-100 times higher than would be normally prescribed by a doctor. It is important to note that these methods have never been proven to be successful.

How Long Does Steroids Stay in Your System?

Injected steroids can stay in body for up to six months and are easily detectable in urine while oral steroids can be only detected up to several weeks after use.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Short-Term Steroids Use?

  • What are the Short-Term Effects of Steroids Use on the Body?

    • Acne
    • Bloating
    • Breast Reduction in Women
    • Damage to the Heart
    • Decreased Sexual Functioning
    • Decreased Sperm Count
    • Difficulty Urinating
    • Excessive Hair Growth in Women
    • Fluid Retention
    • Greasy Hair
    • Headaches
    • Impotence
    • Improved Healing
    • Increase in Muscle Size
    • Increased Appetite
    • Increased Blood Pressure
    • Increased Cholesterol Levels
    • Insomnia
    • Night Sweating
    • Pain While Urinating
    • Rapid Weight Gain
    • Skin Eruptions
    • Swelling of Ankles
    • Swelling of Feet
  • What are the Short-Term Effects of Steroids Use on Behavior?

    • Aggression
    • Delusion
    • Severe Mood Swings
    • Mania
    • Paranoia
    • Violence

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Long-Term Steroids Addiction?

  • What are the Long-Term Effects of Steroids Use on the Body?

    • Abnormal Menstrual Cycles
    • Abscesses
    • Bacterial Infection
    • Blood Clotting Disorders
    • Cardiovascular Damage
    • Cellulitis
    • Decreased Blood Clotting Factors
    • Decreased Sexual Functioning
    • Deepening of the Voice in Women
    • Development of Breasts in Men
    • Enlarged Clitoris
    • Hair Growth
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Attack
    • Hepatitis
    • High-Blood Pressure
    • HIV/AIDS via shared needles
    • Hypogonadism
    • Increase in Muscle Size
    • Increased Cholesterol Levels
    • Increased Risk of Injuring Muscles, Ligaments, and Tendons
    • Infertility
    • Jaundice
    • Liver Damage
    • Liver Disease or Liver Cancer
    • Reproductive Organ Damage
    • Shrinking of the Testicles
    • Stroke
    • Stunted Growth in Adolescents
  • What are the Long-Term Effects of Steroids Use on Behavior?

    • Aggression sometimes referred to as Roid Rage
    • Paranoia

How to diagnose if you are Addicted to Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are usually used by men to improve muscle mass for sports or body building though there are some men who use it to improve their image and self-esteem. Some common signs and symptoms of steroid abuse include:

  • Abusing steroids regardless of negative consequences
  • Acne
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Mood Swings
  • Reduced Interest In Sex
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Steroid Cravings
  • Spending Large amounts of Time and Money on Steroids

What are the Withdrawal Effects of Steroids?

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Decrease Blood Pressure
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Physical Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Weight Loss

How is Steroids Addiction Treated?

Steroids use causes a hormonal imbalance in users, which often needs to be corrected with medication. Most of the long-term side effects of steroids use will be fixed once a natural balance is restored, however, some effects like stunted growth or organ damage are permanent.

Steroids addiction is different than most other forms substance abuse in that there is no physical high from taking steroids. Users develop psychological dependence not for the drug, but rather towards the visible effects that steroid use produces. Treatment is largely psychological in nature to deal with the psychological issues driving this dependence.

Thus, the main treatment for steroids use is behavioral therapy. This therapy consists of one-to-one therapy sessions with a licensed medical professional. For steroid addiction, there is no need to go through detox, so therapy begins immediately upon starting a steroids addiction treatment program.

What is the Extent of Steroid Use?

Today, illicit sales and use of steroids are still widespread and studies have shown that adolescent use of steroids is on the rise. Some estimates report that there are more than $400 million in black-market sales of steroids per year. According to a study in 2006, 1.2% of steroid abusers practice improper methods for taking the drug and around 13% of people using steroids have admitted to sharing needles or vials, which can lead to HIV and Hepatitis. In the United States alone, 3.4% of the total population of men uses steroids to develop improved body mass, and often become addicted after seeing positive results.

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