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Steroids are legally only available with a prescription; however those who are determined to use these synthetic muscle growth substances can often find a way of getting their hands on them. These substances are man-made synthetic drugs related to male sex hormones and promote muscle growth and the development of male sexual characteristics. Legally, these are prescribed to treat conditions such as delayed puberty, some forms of impotence and body-wasting in patients suffering from AIDS. When abused without a prescription they are most commonly used by athletes looking to enhance their athletic performance and improve their physical appearance.
This substance comes in tablet, liquid, gel and cream form. Their appearance varies depending on the manufacturer of the specific steroid being taken. When taken, steroids are ingested orally, injected intramuscularly or rubbed on the skin. A person who uses steroids without a prescription will likely be taking a dose that is ten to one hundred times higher than would be prescribed for medical conditions. While the physical benefits of steroid abuse lead to improved athletic performance and an increase in muscle mass the negative risks far outweigh these benefits. Users suffer liver tumors and cancer, jaundice, high blood pressure and increases in cholesterol levels, kidney tumors, fluid retention, and severe acne. Men who abuse steroids experience shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, breast development and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Women who abuse steroids grow facial hair, develop male-pattern baldness, experience disruptions in their menstrual cycle and deepening of the voice. Youth who are still in the process of growing up risk prematurely stopping their development and growth.
Abuse of steroids can lead to great psychological dependence on the substance and some physical dependence too. Getting help to come off steroids and recover from steroid addiction is necessary for many of those who become dependent on this substance. Drug rehab programs specialized in steroid abuse and addiction problems have found effective solutions to help their clients make complete and lasting recoveries. If you or someone you care about has a steroid abuse problem please get help today. Putting it off only increases the negative risks of steroid abuse and can lead to an escalation in the problem.
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