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Classification: Steroids

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: III

Other names for Steroids

  • Arnolds
  • Pumpers
  • Juice
  • Roids
  • Stackers
  • Weight Gainers

Steroids Addiction

What are Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs that mimic the natural male hormone testosterone. They have limited medical use and are typically abused to improve muscle growth, enhance physical appearance and improve athletic performance. Anabolic steroids are prescription-only medicines. However, they’re stolen from doctors or illegally smuggled into the United States, where they’re illegally bought and sold on the Internet, gyms, schools and trainers.

Some of the most commonly encountered anabolic steroids encountered by US law enforcement include:

  • Testosterone
  • Trenbolone
  • Oxymetholone
  • Methandrostenolone
  • Nandrolone
  • Stanozolol
  • Boldenone
  • Oxandrolone

How Steroid Addiction Works

Research states that 32% of people who misuse anabolic steroids become chemically dependent, which happens after prolonged use and can lead to an increased tolerance to their effects. When a person develops a steroid use disorder, they might continue using steroids despite experiencing negative health and social consequences. Users might increase their dosage to achieve improved athletic performance. However, they may also experience unpleasant physical and mental symptoms when they try to reduce or stop taking anabolic steroids, which are more signs of chemical dependence and addiction.

If you or someone you know is struggling with steroid addiction, it’s recommended to enter a medical detox program to safely remove the drugs from your system.

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Intended Use of Steroids

Testosterone was first synthesized in Germany in 1935 as a medical treatment for depression. Athletes often use anabolic steroids as performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to improve their physical performance and build up their bodies. For these reasons, most professional sports leagues and organizations ban anabolic steroid use, testing competitors and banning them from competitions if they test positive.

How Steroids Is Taken

People take (ingest) steroids orally, inject them into their muscles (intramuscularly) or apply them directly to their skin. The drug is available in the following forms:

Take steroids exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. 

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Side Effects of

If any of these side effects become severe, immediately call a doctor.

Research suggests that anabolic steroids can cause users to experience depression, leading to suicide when they stop taking them. Adolescent boys who use steroids risk stunting their growth and experiencing early sexual development and acne. Adolescent girls and women who use steroids might experience permanent physical changes, like a deepened voice, increased facial and body hair and menstrual problems.

Adults steroid users are at risk for high cholesterol levels, which are known to cause coronary artery disease, strokes and heart attacks.

  • Severe mood swings
  • Increased feelings of anger and aggression
  • Impaired judgement
  • Depression
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Stunted growth (adolescents)
  • Shrinking testicles
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Fast muscle/weight gain
  • Acne

Signs of an
Addiction to Steroids

Dramatic mood swings, aka "roid rage"

Decreased sex drive

Loss of appetite

Intense steroid cravings

Stealing money or items to buy more steroids

Spending large amounts of money on steroids

Skipping activities of interest to workout

Abuse Facts

About 22% of anabolic steroid users started as teenagers

Drug abusers of steroids take 10-to-100 times more than what would be prescribed by a physician to treat a condition or illness

Professional athletes began misusing anabolic steroids during the 1954 Olympics