Anabolic Steroid Treatment and Rehab

Some people need rehab because they can’t fight the psychological compulsion to take steroids on their own. The withdrawal symptoms of steroids can cause people to relapse.

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New England Recovery & Wellness

Concord, NH

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Harbor Oaks Hospital

New Balitmore, MI

Inpatient

866-468-6148

Ambrosia Treatment Center

West Palm Beach, FL

Inpatient

866-970-0918

Recovery First Treatment Center – Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Timberline Knolls for Women

Lemont, IL

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Riverside, CA

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Hollywood, FL

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Shickshinny, PA

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Tampa, FL

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Dana Point, CA

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Memphis, TN

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San Diego, CA

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Center Point, TX

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Allenwood, PA

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Pocatello, ID

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Tucson, AZ

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Scottsdale, AZ

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Palm Springs, FL

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Beverly Hills, CA

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Pompano Beach, FL

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New Brunswick, NJ

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Canton, SD

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Nampa, ID

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Kennett Square, PA

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Scotts Valley, CA

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Navarre, FL

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Annandale, VA

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Malibu, CA

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Norcross, GA

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Denver, CO

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Sebastopol, CA

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Mansfield, TX

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Millerton, PA

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Austin, TX

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Nashville, TN

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Ball Ground, GA

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Quincy, MA

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Freehold, NJ

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Salem, VA

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Lake Elsinore, CA

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Henryville, PA

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Fourt Lauderdale, FL

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Old Fort, NC

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Lake Worth, FL

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Ocklawaha, FL

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Life Center of Galax

Galax, VA

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Augusta, GA

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Fort Pierce, FL

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Huntington Beach, CA

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Philadelphia, PA

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Wilmington, NC

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877-257-1203

United Recovery Project

Hollywood, FL

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877-586-7043

Carus Recovery

Van Nuys, CA

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Austin, TX

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Wellness Counseling & Residential Detox

Stuart, FL

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855-937-0191

Southeast Addiction Center

Atlanta, GA

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855-614-6174

Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital

Valdosta, GA

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Cornerstone Healing Center

Scottsdale, AZ

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Williamsburg, PA

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Port St. Lucie, FL

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Tucson, AZ

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Austin, TX

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Rebound Behavioral Health Hospital

Lancaster, SC

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Calistoga, CA

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Enlightened Solutions

Egg Harbor City, NJ

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Treatment for Steroid Addiction

Anabolic steroid abuse and addiction should be treated like any other drug problem.Anabolic steroid abuse and addiction should be treated like any other drug problem. Despite the fact that steroids do not cause a stereotypical euphoric “high,” they still have the potential to lead to dependency resulting in possible withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient and outpatient treatment centers can help those addicted to steroids beat their addiction and build a healthier, natural lifestyle.

Treating a steroid addiction may involve supervised detox, comfort medication, and behavioral therapy.

Medical professionals can monitor those addicted to steroids for depression and suicidal behavior during detox.

Mental health counseling helps recovering addicts cope with mood swings during steroid withdrawal. Through continued therapy, users relearn how to function without steroids. It’s important to get treatment from a counselor and a physician with experience treating steroid addiction. These professionals often collaborate to develop the most effective treatment plan.

Inpatient Rehab and Detox

Inpatient rehab is one of the most effective ways to treat people heavily addicted to steroids. It’s also a good option for people with a history of depression, anxiety or anger issues. Inpatient treatment removes the steroid user from their normal environment so they can safely detox and reprogram their addictive behavior. Most rehabs follow a rigorously structured routine consisting of one-on-one counseling, support groups, mealtimes, family visits, activities and sometimes chores.

Inpatient rehab may last anywhere from 28 to 90 days depending on the severity of the addiction and detox needs.

Everybody in rehab is evaluated for their treatment needs. This helps addiction specialists determine how steroids have impacted the user’s behavior and hormonal balance. The first step is to help the user detox safely. A medically assisted detox can ease steroid withdrawal symptoms and prevent complications. During detox, medical professionals help the client physically stabilize while the drug is being eliminated from the body. Sometimes this involves a tapering down approach where users gradually reduce their steroid dose before completely quitting.

Doctor’s may also prescribe medications during detox, including:

  • Synthetic hormones

    A physician or endocrinologist (a doctor who specializes in hormone treatment) can prescribe medications to help balance testosterone levels.

  • Antidepressants

    A psychiatrist may prescribe an antidepressant such as Prozac or Effexor. It’s important to continue therapy because these medications can take 2-6 weeks before they start working.

  • Clonidine

    This drug can help reduce withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, muscle aches and cramping. It can also lower high blood pressure caused by steroid use.

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

    Drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are commonly prescribed for pain relief.

Steroid users have access to therapy in detox; however, intensive therapy does not usually begin until the user has stabilized and has transitioned to either inpatient rehab or outpatient.  Treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy can immediately address issues like depression, whereas it can take weeks for some medications to have an effect. Therapists assist the client readjust to life without steroids. Life skills and relapse prevention are primarily learned after detox when the individual is more stable, less distracted by withdrawal symptoms, and can obtain the new knowledge and skills.

A good therapist seeks to understand the client by asking questions, such as what is their motivation for use. Therapists can help steroid users shift from a competitive mindset to one of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Behavioral therapists can also help treat co-occurring mental health conditions that led to steroid use. Many young men have started using steroids because of body image issues, something that has been referred to as “reverse anorexia” but is more properly called body dysmorphic disorder or muscle dysmorphia. This is a type of obsessive compulsive disorder. These young men feel pressure to use steroids because they believe their muscle size is inadequate. Counselors help teach recovering steroid users learn healthy coping skills, improve their self-esteem, and feel better about themselves and their bodies.

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Ongoing Treatment and Strategies to Prevent Relapse

People with a mild to moderate steroid addiction often choose outpatient treatment because they can maintain their home life, continue going to work or school, and care for children. Different outpatient treatment programs meet the different needs of different clients, and some are more intensive than others. Most outpatient programs require participants to meet two or more times per week for at least a few hours each session. Outpatient treatment typically involves group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy.

Outpatient therapy is often used as an aftercare or step-down program after inpatient treatment. It assists the client transition back into daily life and maintain their recovery. Unlike inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment doesn’t include supervised medical care. However, often case managers are often available for referrals. One must have a behavioral health professional complete a substance abuse and mental health evaluation to order to determine that outpatient care is the right choice for that client.

The biggest battle recovering steroid addicts face in outpatient treatment is avoiding relapse. If a user in recovery isn’t removed from their environment, they encounter more temptations to take steroids. There are several steps former steroid users can take to prevent a relapse.

Tips to Prevent a Steroid Relapse

  • Continuing therapy

    Even after completing detox or inpatient rehab, former steroid users should continue seeing a counselor. Continuing therapy strengthens techniques that teach people to cope without drugs. It also helps if unforeseen difficulties or temptations in life occur.

  • Taking medications

    Those who are prescribed medications should continue taking the drugs until a doctor says it’s okay to stop. Discontinuing medications to treat steroid addiction can cause a re-emergence hormonal issues or withdrawal symptoms that may spark a sudden relapse. Some medications like antidepressants carry their own withdrawal symptoms, which can cause a major depressive episode.

  • Avoiding triggers

    Triggers are people, places and things that a person associates with using steroids. Old workout partners or gyms can trigger a craving. Taking note of personal triggers and making an effort to avoid them can prevent the sudden desire to use steroids.

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You shouldn’t wait to get help for a steroid addiction. The side effects of long-term steroid use can lead to lasting complications, including liver damage, heart disease and infertility. Yet, some people are hesitant to quit because they are afraid of what they will look like without steroids.

Paul Solotaroff wrote about his difficulties with intense steroid abuse. Once he decided to quit, after a steroid-related trip to the emergency room, he struggled as withdrawal symptoms kicked in and he began losing weight. But he eventually made a comeback and is now a successful writer for several national publications.

My appetite returned, and some portion of the old vigor. I went back to training after years in exile and slowly, gratefully built a body out of battered parts.

- Paul Solotaroff, Men’s Journal, 2010

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