Ryan Braun Brings Back the Dark ‘Steroids Cloud’
In 2007, the Mitchell Report brought shame and illegitimacy to the game of baseball and to the accomplishments of Major League Baseball players, consequently leaving a dark cloud hanging over the MLB. This ‘Steroids Cloud’ loomed large and it lingered because people wanted to know. They wanted to know who. They wanted to know why. And they wanted to know if these players understood the message that they were sending by abusing steroids. Anabolic steroid abuse was already a topic of concern, but now the fact that superstars in MLB were basically a billboard for the “potential” of steroids made the problem even worse. Young kids playing the game in Boston, Massachusetts (MA) who grew up idolizing superstars like Roger Clemens now thought that they needed steroids to get to that level. But unfortunately because most people don’t have the medical treatment and faculty that’s available to Major Leaguers, those who were inspired by players like Barry Bonds and Clemens who independently used steroids put themselves at an extreme risk for health hazards and chemical addiction. Steroid abuse and addiction was a hot button topic for a while, but Major League Baseball had appeared to clean up the game by taking measures to stop the steroid influence in recent years—but that all came to a crashing halt.
Arguably one of MLB’s brightest stars Ryan Braun tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (synthetic testosterone) in October 2011, and the news broke in early December 2011. Braun recently won the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player award and though an official ruling from MLB is still pending, it appears that the steroid problem still exists today.
Steroids have a high potential for abuse and addicts typically spend large amounts of time and money obtaining the drugs. It is a legitimate problem especially concerning youth athletes and the Braun story is not helping the cause. It brings a steroid story to the attention of new body of athletes that might not have been old enough to have the 2007 Mitchell Report influence them and it justifies the choices of some athletes who are currently using steroids because steroid abuse is obviously still present and potentially undetectable. But fortunately there are ways to prevent steroid abuse and addiction. Parents and coaches in Boston, Massachusetts (MA) can take action to help prevent steroid abuse. The side effects (mood swings, hair growth, restlessness) can be easily detectable. It’s bringing attention to the problem that is necessary for recovery. If you or anyone in the Boston, Massachusetts (MA) area needs help with steroid addiction, or know someone who does, please contact Seabrook House today. The addiction specialists at Seabrook House can answer any question and provide treatment or help for those struggling with steroid abuse.