Support Groups for Steroid Addiction
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) are synthetically produced variants of the naturally occurring male sex hormone testosterone. “Anabolic” refers to muscle-building, and “androgenic” refers to increased male sexual characteristics. “Steroids” refers to the class of drugs. These drugs can be legally prescribed to treat conditions resulting from steroid hormone deficiency, such as delayed puberty, as well as diseases that result in loss of lean muscle mass, such as cancer and AIDS.
What to Expect from Support Groups
By definition, a support group consists of members who provide each other with various types of help, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic. Members may provide and evaluate relevant information, relate personal experiences, listen to and accept others’ experiences, provide empathy and establish social networks.
Support groups have been in existence for years and typically receive rave reviews from participants. However, there are some obstacles to the type of meeting where people congregate to provide each other with support; these challenges may include:
- Limited Access – it may be difficult to get transportation to and from the location of the meeting.
- Time and Place – while there are a variety of times and places for support group meetings, many people have difficulty coordinating a good time at the right place.
- Scheduling – a single parent, both working parents, or an elderly caregiver are just a few examples of people who have difficulty in managing their schedules to include regular meetings.
- Fear of Exposure – some other people are simply afraid that their addiction may be exposed if someone in their circle of friends or from the community witness them going to or leaving from a support group meeting.
- Apprehension – research studies have shown that the most fearful thing for people is public speaking. While a support group meeting is not necessarily a forum for public speaking, each person usually does speak in front of a group of people they do not know. Add to the apprehension that what you are talking about is incredible personal and usually something you are extremely uncomfortable with, and you have a formula for a person not willing to expose him or herself in this type of setting.
Online Support Groups for Steroid Addiction
When you think of support groups, you may envision church basements filled with people smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee sharing intimate information about themselves. While it is true that many 12-step programs, such as Narcotics Anonymous, do meet in a neutral environment free from drugs, you might also be surprised that some support groups have meetings where the people never actually meet.
Online support groups virtually eliminate the challenges and obstacles mentioned above for support group meetings. Here are some other benefits:
- Choices – you can choose when you want to participate in a support group. You also choose the type of group that makes the most sense for you. You can even choose to participate while sitting barefoot in your home office, or wearing pajamas at your kitchen table.
- Variety – with online bulletin boards and blogs, you can spend considerable time expressing your thoughts and feelings. If you would rather “speak” with people, real-time chat rooms might meet your needs. Further, you can have interaction by responding to other peoples’ posts.
- Interaction – you may be seeking information about a disorder or its treatment. You may want to give emotional support and encouragement to others. You may want to vent about your addiction and what it is doing to your life. Or you may just want to be “in the presence” of others who understand what you are going through.
Learn More About Support Groups for Steroid Addiction
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