Steroids are synthesized forms of the male sex hormone, testosterone. Steroids were originally designed for patients in need of growth hormone treatment but are frequently obtained illegally for the purpose of abusing them for their physical side effects.
There are hundreds of different types of steroids available by prescription from a doctor and a vast illegal market for steroids also exists.
Most commonly abused by males, steroids are taken to build muscle mass within the body and to enhance athletic ability.
Steroid abuse can have multiple side effects on the mind in addition to the physical effects of the drug. These side effects can have a deep and negative impact upon family relationships. Steroid abuse even poses the risk of possible physical harm to the abuser’s family. Help is available for steroid users who wish to recover before family relationships are damaged beyond repair.
Steroids are abused in order to gain muscle mass and enhance athletic ability. There are also a number of psychological and behavioral effects of steroid abuse that can have a negative impact on an individual’s family members:
This could leave a family in significant financial trouble and would add to possible feelings of depression and suicide.
If you have a family member who is abusing steroids, and you fear for the wellbeing of your family, there is help readily available.
Interventions are an effective way to encourage a loved one to enter treatment to deal with steroid abuse.
An intervention involves the user, family, close friends and a professional interventionist. Interventions are a chance for loved ones to share how steroid abuse has affected each on a personal level and within the family. It is also the best way to encourage a steroid user to enter into treatment as soon as possible.
If you or a family member is dealing with steroid abuse, you must act before it is too late. There are treatment programs available to you, and we are here to help. All you have to do is call our toll-free helpline, 877-345-3357, to get started. We are available 24 hours a day to take your call, so there is no reason to wait. Don’t let steroid abuse destroy your family. Pick up the phone and call today.
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