While steroids can be used to treat hormone imbalances or muscle loss, these performance-enhancing drugs are too often misused by athletes and competitive weightlifters. Steroids act like synthetic testosterone, increasing muscle mass and athletic performance. However, like many abused drugs, steroids can lead to addiction.
At Beacon House in northern California, we welcome individuals who find themselves addicted to steroids. Within our healing environment, you’ll gain the support you need to walk the road to recovery.
Signs and Symptoms of Steroid Addiction
While steroid use is most commonly associated with athletes and bodybuilders, these aren’t the only people who become addicted. Many steroid users are normal individuals using the drug as a shortcut to look leaner and more muscular and improve their overall physique.
One of the most common red flags that can point to a steroid addiction is drastic mood swings and aggression, also known as “roid rage.” Prolonged abuse can further cause dramatic personality changes over time.
If you’re not sure if you have an addiction to steroids, here are some signs that could indicate there is a problem:
- An uncontrollable impulse to use steroids
- Continued misuse even if it impacts your work, relationships or emotional and physical health
- Increased time and money spent on steroids
Side Effects and Risks of Misusing Steroids
There are both physical and psychological ramifications to misusing steroids. An addiction to this type of drug comes with a wide array of risks and side effects that can impact the skin and liver as well as the hormonal, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.
Some of the side effects associated with steroid abuse include:
- Hormone problems
- High blood pressure
- Cholesterol issues
- Severe mood swings
- Aggressive behavior
- Mood disorders
Injecting steroids comes with additional risks, including infection or an abscess at the injection site.
Over time, the hormonal imbalances caused by steroids can lead to a variety of adverse symptoms. For men, these include shrunken testicles, low sperm count or infertility, erectile dysfunction and even enlarged breasts. Women often experience changes to their body and facial hair, decreased breast size, deepened voice, irregular menstrual cycles and weight gain.
The Beacon House Steroid Treatment Program in Monterey
A professional treatment program for steroid addiction like the one at Beacon House is the best way to live a healthier, happier life without drugs. We understand that the disease of addiction causes physical, mental and emotional ramifications. That’s why we employ a holistic approach so that our clients find complete healing that addresses their mind, body and spirit.
Our steroid addiction treatment may include medication to help reduce withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification process. We’ll also develop an individualized treatment program to address the behavioral aspects of addiction. This allows you to explore your thoughts and feelings about what led to your addiction in a judgment-free zone.
The goal is to develop the recovery skills you’ll need to break the bonds of addiction and continue your recovery outside of our treatment center.
Located in beautiful northern California, treatment at Beacon House also includes experiential and recreational opportunities such as hiking in Big Sur or surfing in Monterey. If you would like to learn more about our holistic approach to steroid addiction, contact us online or give us a call at 831.372.4366.