Steroids Can Ruin Your Life
The following is an excerpt from a true story about a man and his life spiraling downhill after being introduced to steroids:
“A few years ago I had a great job working for a small business owner. I was also playing rugby, hitting the nightclubs and generally having a blast being young and single. Playing rugby on the weekends was definitely a highlight of my week and I was playing so well and improving so much that there was even talk that I may make the next representative squad and hopefully move on to bigger and better things. It was late one evening after training that one of my team-mates started chatting to me as we walked home. He said that if I was going to move up to the next level in my sport I would need what he called “that extra advantage” over the other contenders for my position. I was so keen to do well that I agreed to meet him the next afternoon at a local pub to talk about it.
The next day I turned up to the pub to find him talking to another guy who was introduced to me as the man who could help me get to the top. What I didn’t know at the time was that he was referring to steroids and I had already agreed to meet him at his house to get my first batch of “remedies”. At first I shied away from injecting myself but after the first couple of weeks I noticed that I was getting bigger and putting on more muscle mass — I was ecstatic! This was exactly what I needed and things were moving smoothly. After a while the steroids went up in price and I started to struggle for money. That’s when things started going downhill. I started dipping into the cash tray at work — just a little bit at first but before too long I was taking home over a hundred dollars a week to afford the drugs. What I didn’t know was that my boss had installed a secret camera to see what was happening to the cash each day. One afternoon he pulled me aside and told me that he thought it was best I didn’t work there any longer and that if I left straight away he wouldn’t call the police. This made me furious and I started smashing things in the shop until a co-worker calmed me down and persuaded me to leave. Now I had no job and a growing addiction to something I thought was doing me a favor when in fact it was beginning to ruin my life.”
At Seabrook House, supportive therapy combined with education about possible withdrawal symptoms is sufficient in treating steroid abuse in some cases. Sometimes, medications can be used to restore the balance of the hormonal system after its disruption by steroid abuse. The most important part of getting off of steroids is the self realization and support from family and friends to help the process. Seabrook House is here for any questions or concerns involving steroid abuse and subsequent treatment options.