Anabolic steroids are a manufactured testosterone that is prescribed by doctors to patients to help treat conditions such as muscle loss, cancer and hormone deficiencies. A steroid addiction may occur when a user begins to abuse the drug in order to see performance-based results as the drug is typically used by male bodybuilders seeking to enhance their muscle growth. Typically, those who suffer with a steroid addiction also suffer with muscle/ body dysmorphia, low self-esteem in addition to depression in some cases.
A steroid addiction does not function in the same way as an opioid or stimulant addiction but can remain equally as addictive because of the effects the drug can have on a user's physical appearance and self-esteem. Over time, someone with a steroid addiction can develop a tolerance for the drug meaning a higher dose of the drug is needed each use to achieve the same effect and subsequently letting the addiction grow.
Overcoming a steroid addiction can be an extremely difficult process to go through alone, however, seeking professional help can offer you a clear road to recovery. Attending a rehabilitation centre gives you access to 24/7 specialised support in an environment free of temptation.
When attending rehab, you will receive specialist medical care to help you through your physical and mental recovery, with doctors and therapists specially trained to treat steroid addiction and who have supported others through this process.
Rehab also offers you the ability to focus purely on your recovery, with inpatient rehab offering full residential care, giving you the opportunity to avoid everyday distractions. Inpatient care also offers you the opportunity to surround yourself with fellow addicts and find comfort and reassurance by sharing your experiences.
During rehabilitation you will undergo a medically supervised detox where professionals will offer constant care as you go through this incredibly taxing process. The detox will allow you to safely withdraw from your dependency on the drug as well as have a medical professional on hand to treat your withdrawal symptoms.
Once you complete the withdrawal process, you will begin your personalised treatment plan to help you overcome your addiction. These treatments can include group therapy or counselling.
Inpatient rehabilitation offers patients residential, 24/7 care to help aid them through their recovery. Inpatient centres provide patients medical supervision, therapy, companionship, support and advice as well as a calm and steroid free location to undergo the process. Inpatient rehabilitation centres may also offer patients the opportunity to process their addiction alongside other addicts providing support for one another throughout their treatment.
Outpatient rehabilitation offers you the option to undergo the treatment process without having to stay in the centre. This gives you the opportunity to continue aspects of daily life such as going to work or to looking after their family. Outpatient rehab works through a per-session basis and the responsibility of keeping track of key parts of the rehabilitation process falls into your hands. Whilst this option allows for you to continue living everyday life, outpatient therapy does not allow you to remove yourself from potential triggers and temptations which could lead you to relapse.