Anabolic Steroid Abuse

NIDA Research Report

About the Course:

Persistent reports of anabolic steroid abuse by professional athletes, many of whom are regarded as role models by young people, highlight the fact that we are now facing a very damaging message in our society—that bigger is better, and being the best is more important than how you get there. Abuse of anabolic steroids differs from the abuse of other illicit substances because the initial abuse of anabolic steroids is not driven by the immediate euphoria that accompanies most drugs of abuse, such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, but by the desire of abusers to change their appearance and performance, characteristics of great importance to adolescents. The effects of steroids can boost confidence and strength, leading abusers to overlook the potential serious and long-term damage that these substances can cause. While anabolic steroids can enhance certain types of performance or appearance, they are dangerous drugs, and when taken inappropriately they can cause a host of severe, long-lasting, and in some cases irreversible negative health consequences.

Journal/Publisher:

NIDA

Publication Date:

August 2006 Revised

Author

NIDA Staff

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, counselors, social workers and nurses who seek knowledge about anabolic steroid abuse. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain what anabolic steroids and steroidal supplements are and the scope of their use in the United States.

  2. Describe how anabolic steroids are abused.

  3. Describe the health consequences of steroid abuse and the effects they have on behavior.

  4. Identify available, effective treatments for anabolic steroid abuse.

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