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Steroids (cont.)

Other Therapy for Steroid Abuse

Counseling may be needed to help with the underlying issues that led to the initial steroid use. As well, if psychiatric side effects are present, counseling may be of help.

Steroid Abuse Prevention

Prevention is the first step in avoiding anabolic steroid use. Whether it is associated with sports performance or the desire to improve the perception of oneself, the key to steroid abuse is to prevent the first use. Education at home and in the schools highlighting the potential risks while at the same explaining the consequences of cheating is the first step in reducing the steroid abuse problem.

Use of anabolic steroids is against the law. Both possession of anabolic steroids and providing them to others has significant legal consequences.

Prognosis for Steroid Abuse

As elite athletes are caught cheating by using anabolic steroids, perhaps their perception as positive role models will fade and the use of steroids decrease. Increased pressure to test athletes at younger ages may decrease the use of steroids as well. However, as long as adolescents perceive that anabolic steroids are required to compete at sports, their use may continue in the foreseeable future.

For More Information on Steroid Abuse

http://www.steroidabuse.gov/

http://backtoschool.drugabuse.gov/

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine

REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/14/2015

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