Hi, today we are going to address steroid addiction. Nowadays many men and women use steroids to compete in body building competitions or just to look more “buff” these days and don’t realize how deadly steroids can be on the body. Have you ever observed people who work out and have lean muscles but not the exaggerated muscular build that is just too much? In gyms you can hear the men talk about needing to “juice up” to look even more built. Guys, remember you can get pumped up but it takes time, dedication, a nutritionist to put you on a proper diet and a medical doctor to get you on a life long journey of natural, God given muscular form that will not kill you.
I used to be a counselor at a prison and I remember a particular psychiatrist that could tell when an inmate was juicing up and would tell them “… you are going to look fabulous in your coffin if you keep on using those steroids the way you do.” Then he would proceed to educate the patients on the pros and cons of steroid abuse and some of these men would actually quit because they realized it would eventually kill them and they wanted to keep on living. Remember we all have one life (some religions may believe differently, I mean no disrespect but please work with my on this concept, it is used here to make a point) and anyone that tells you steroids don’t kill you, doesn’t love you or care for you.
I am going to take some time here to discuss the side effects steroids give both men and women that I have learned from medical staff that I have worked with throughout the years.
- Mood swings, easily irritable and increase in angry outbursts
- Physically more aggressive
- Increase in liver cancer and liver tumors/cysts
- Increase in acne
- Increase in heart problems, heart attacks or strokes
- Impotence or decreased sperm count
- Testicles decrease in size
- Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts)
- Enlarges the prostate
- Increases blood pressure
- Increases cholesterol
- Male pattern baldness
- Deepening of the voice
- Menstrual cycle alternates, becoming more irregular
- Coarsening or toughening of the skin
- Infertility (unable to have children)
- Increase in body hair
- Enlarges the clitoris
Where To Get Help:
- National Institute On Drug Abuse
- National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center
- The Good Drugs Guide
Other Sources Of Help:
- Individual counseling
- Group addiction counseling
- Family, friends, children, grandchildren or neighbors
- Church based addiction recovery groups
I believe that in life one has to find out one’s purpose, do the best we can,help others, love and learn as much as you can to make better choices, be spiritual and taking care of your physical health is important, you only have one life so make it count !
Best Regards and good luck !!!