Steroid Addiction and Male Sexual Health
Anabolic steroids are often seen as a “manly” drug—they are popularized by strong, muscle-bound male athletes who hit record-setting home runs and throw record-setting tantrums on and off the field. In point of fact, though, heavy steroid use and steroid addiction can have serious effects on men’s sexual health. Steroids are, to put it simply, hormones—and interfering with the body’s natural hormonal processes can cause both reversible and irreversible damage.
Steroid use interferes with hormone production, which can happen in different ways. Too much testosterone being produced—a common side effect of heavy steroid use—can be converted by the body into DHT, which causes acne, male pattern baldness, and prostate enlargement. It can lower the user’s levels of sexual desire, and can shrink the testes (balls) and cause the user to become unable to get or maintain an erection. It can also be converted into the female hormone estrogen. Too much estrogen in the system can stimulate glands near the nipples into overdeveloping, which can cause male users to develop very feminine-looking breasts.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, your steroid use is most likely heavy enough to be considered an addiction. Steroid addiction is a serious and dangerous condition, and you need to seek professional help from an accredited drug rehabilitation facility such as Archstone Recovery. Archstone Recovery, located in beautiful Lantana, Florida, offers a variety of steroid recovery programs, including detox, partial hospitalization, outpatient, and extended care options. To figure out which program is right for you, and to begin your journey toward recovery, call Archstone Recovery today.