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Steroid Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, Effects and Treatment

Anabolic steroids build muscle mass, increase strength and reduce the amount of time it takes to recover from a workout.1, 2 Some athletes abuse them to enhance their performance, while some body builders and non-athletes abuse them to improve appearance and strength.
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What Are the Side Effects of Anabolic Steroid Use?

Males and females experience very different side effects when using anabolic steroids. Typically, men develop “feminized traits” and females become more masculine.

Are Anabolic Steroids Addictive?

Contrary to what some people may think, anabolic steroids can be addictive. However, since they don’t cause a “high” or a “buzz,” they are not addictive in exactly the same way many other drugs are. Still, many people who use them become psychologically and physically addicted.

Getting Treatment and Starting Recovery

If you’re concerned about your addiction to steroids, treatment is recommended to help you quit using and regain control of your life. You may be anxious about muscle loss if you stop using steroids, which may be preventing you from quitting. But the immediate benefits of steroid use do not outweigh the dangerous and sometimes irreversible long-term effects.

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