According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Anabolic steroids are the familiar name for synthetic substances related to the male sex hormones (e.g., testosterone). They promote the growth of skeletal muscle (anabolic effects) and the development of male sexual characteristics (androgenic effects) in both males and females.

In the 1930s, steroids were developed to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which the testes do not produce sufficient testosterone by promoting normal growth, development, and sexual functioning. Anabolic steroid abuse is widespread amongst athletes and weightlifters who are hoping to increase lean body mass, strength, and aggressiveness. Steroids also reduce the recovery time between workouts and improve strength and endurance, which is another reason why it is appealing to users.

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Young people are most susceptible to long term effects from steroid abuse, as it can stunt growth. However, steroid abuse can be a major contributing factor to extreme mood swings. While anabolic steroids do not cause a high like other drugs, individuals who use anabolic steroids will experience withdrawal symptoms, one of the most dangerous being depression.

Rehabilitation and detoxification from medical professionals will help alleviate these withdrawal symptoms. To find out more about the right treatment program for you, please call our 24 hour hotline.

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