MLB Pitcher Suspended 100 games for PED’s
Typically Major League Baseball is the professional sport league that has the dark steroids cloud hanging over it. Everything from the huge scandal involving Mark McCgwire and Sammy Sosa in the early 2000’s to the 2011 MVP Ryan Braun failing a drug test makes MLB look like the only league with steroid problems. The sad truth is that almost every professional league has players who fail their substance abuse policies, but in early May 2012 a San Francisco Giants pitcher was added to the list of MLB players to fail a drug test.
Guillermo Mota has been suspended for testing positive for the performance enhancing drug clenbuterol. Clenbuterol causes an increase in aerobic capacity, central nervous system stimulation, and an increase in blood pressure and oxygen transportation. This is the second time in his career that Mota has failed a drug test, also testing positive for Clenbuterol back in 2006. It’s difficult to understand how players in professional sports continue to fail drug tests when there are clear and concise banned substances that if found in urine samples will result in suspension. Professional leagues have taken extreme measures in recent years to prevent the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports, but some players still feel that they need them to keep an edge. But when it comes down to it and you consider the consequences, there really are no positive effects from using or abusing steroids—from a physical and professional standpoint.
Steroid abuse can lead to serious, even irreversible health problems. Some of the most dangerous among them include liver damage, jaundice (yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids), fluid retention, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol), and decreases in HDL (good cholesterol). Other reported effects include renal failure, severe acne, and trembling. Supportive therapy combined with education about possible withdrawal symptoms is sufficient in some steroid addiction cases. Sometimes, medications can be used to restore the balance of the hormonal system after its disruption by steroid abuse. If symptoms are severe or prolonged, symptomatic medications or hospitalization may be needed. Steroid abuse can have an adverse effect on the physical, emotional, and financial aspects of one’s life, but treatment is available. Seabrook House is an internationally recognized inpatient drug rehab and alcoholism detox treatment center that creates unique and individually inspired programs for patients with a myriad of abuse problems. Seabrook House has rehab facilities located in New Jersey (NJ) and Pennsylvania (PA) and also an outpatient office in New York (NY). If you or a loved one is affected by steroid abuse, contact Seabrook House to get more information on treatment options.