Youth and Addiction

Youth and Addiction

According to several national surveys, illicit drug use among teenagers has continued rising at high rates, and the growing popularity of marijuana is partly to blame. Although use of this drug declined during the late 1990s through the mid-to-late 2000s, the trend is now reversing; according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2012 alone, 6.5 percent of 8th graders, 17 percent of 10th...

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Four Ways People Disguise Their Use of Steroids

Four Ways People Disguise Their Use of Steroids

In most cases, drug abuse is driven by the user’s desire to achieve a state of euphoria. However, the abuse of anabolic steroids is unique in that users are not typically seeking euphoria. Instead, steroid users are often athletes or other active individuals who are willing to go to extreme lengths to improve their physical appearance and athletic performance. While the use of steroids can...

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How National Recovery Month Can Help Break the Stigma

How National Recovery Month Can Help Break the Stigma

National Recovery Month is a national observance aimed at raising awareness of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. Over 200 federal, state and local government entities, as well as non-profit organizations affiliated with prevention, treatment and recovery help to plan the event. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,”...

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Steroids and Pregnancy

Steroids and Pregnancy

Steroid addiction is harmful for all users, no matter what stage of life they are in; but, if you are pregnant and addicted to steroids, then it is especially important for you to get help not only for yourself, but also for the health of your baby. If you continue abusing steroids while you are pregnant, then your baby could experience birth defects and developmental problems that cannot be...

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6 Excuses People Make When They’re Addicted to Steroids

6 Excuses People Make When They’re Addicted to Steroids

Anabolic-androgen steroids are commonly abused as performance-enhancing drugs. They deliver a synthetic form of testosterone, the hormone that promotes muscle-building. There is no approved medical use for steroids, but some individuals who are very competitive or who participate in high-level athletics take them for the following benefits: Accelerated recovery from a workout or injury Increased...

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Lasting Financial Effects of Steroid Abuse

Lasting Financial Effects of Steroid Abuse

Anabolic steroids have effects similar to the hormone testosterone. Steroids increase protein levels in cells, especially within muscles. Athletes may abuse steroids to increase their muscle mass and therefore enhance their athletic performance. Unlike other substances of abuse, steroids are not typically used in an effort to get high. In fact, steroid use does not affect the brain in a manner...

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Victims of Bullying and Steroid Abuse

Victims of Bullying and Steroid Abuse

Steroids (known as anabolic-androgen steroids) are synthetic substances taken as pills, injections, or topical treatments that mimic the effect of testosterone on the body. They increase protein synthesis within cells, an effect that promotes cell tissue growth, especially in muscles. Steroids are used to treat many medical conditions such as low libido, delayed puberty, and osteoporosis. They...

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Teachers and Steroids Addiction

Teachers and Steroids Addiction

Steroids are a bigger problem than just the sports they spoil, because many people abuse them to add physical strength and to boost their confidence. The problem is that these drugs are addictive. Although steroids do not create euphoria when abused, the repeated gains in physical achievement can be the anchor of a powerful psychological addiction. Teachers who fall victim to this kind of...

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Native Americans and Steroids Use

Native Americans and Steroids Use

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the 2005 Monitoring the Future Survey found that the use of steroids among 8th and 10th graders had significantly decreased since its peak in the year 2000. The same study found that use of steroids among 12th graders had increased until 2005 when there was a marked decrease. The use of steroids among young people across the United States,...

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Men and Steroid Abuse

Men and Steroid Abuse

On the surface, men may appear to use steroids for simple physical reasons. Beneath the surface, however, more reasons and causes are at work driving men to abuse steroids. A Different Kind of Drug Abuse Most drugs of abuse produce some kind of rush or euphoria when they are taken. Abuse can lead to addiction as the user goes back to the drug again and again to repeat that feeling. As the...

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