What Is the Best Way to Quit Using Steroids? Facts from Archstone Recovery “Dear Archstone Recovery, My name is Dean. [Not his real name.] I’m 21 years old. I started using steroids at 16 as a high school athlete. When I got a college baseball scholarship, I felt like I had no choice but to keep juicing. I set a school record—but now I can’t control my emotions, and strange things are happening to my body. I think I’m addicted to steroids. I’m ready to quit steroids. But how do I quit steroids? What’s the most effective method to quit steroids for good? Can I go to rehab for steroids? Will my insurance cover steroid addiction rehab?” Dear Dean, The admissions specialists at Archstone Recovery Center of the Palm Beaches hear these questions a lot from young athletes like you. Although coaches and team owners decry it in public, steroid use has become a common, even expected practice in sports, from the professional leagues right on down to college and even high school. Players often feel like they’re expected to use steroids in order to compete with others who are doing the same, and they are encouraged to do so by their teammates and others—sometimes even their coaches. But the people who pressure you to use steroids don’t tell you that they are addictive, or that they can cause serious damage to your endocrine system and other bodily functions. You don’t say what kinds of “strange things” are happening to your body, but steroids can cause your testicles to become smaller or even cause you to grow breasts. In female athletes, steroids can cause hormonal changes that spur the growth of chest hair or cause the clitoris to grow. And in both sexes, steroids can cause emotional changes that make it difficult for you to control yourself. And because your body becomes physically dependent on them, it’s extremely difficult to stop. If you’re addicted to steroids, you need professional help. Quitting on your own can have difficult and expected side effects as well, so it’s important to quit under the supervision of a doctor. That’s why going to an accredited drug and alcohol program, such as Archstone Recovery in Lantana, Florida, is the best way to quit using steroids. Archstone Recovery hosts athletes from Florida (FL), New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ), Washington, DC, Philadelphia (PA), Baltimore (MD), New England, and all over the United States who need to get clean from steroid addiction in our residential, partial hospitalization, outpatient, transitional care, and extended care programs. With expert doctors, therapists who specialize in addiction, supportive group work, and a proven twelve-step approach, your time at Archstone Recovery will give you the tools you need to get clean and stay clean, even when you’re back on the field. And Archstone Recovery’s admissions specialists will even deal with your insurance company for you. Are you ready to get clean from metabolic steroid addiction? Contact Archstone Recovery today.
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