It is highly unlikely that anyone addicted to steroids ever imagined themselves in that position. That having been said becoming addicted to steroids typically requires some help in stopping.
Recovery programs for steroids will include a detoxification process to be sure the drug is completely removed from the body.
This process will help the individual work through the pain and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Muscle Cramps
- Changes in Mood
These symptoms may be relieved to some degree by medication administered by the medical team overseeing the detoxification process. They will monitor the vital signs of the individual throughout the process and adjust medications and situations accordingly.
Detoxification is only the first step in the road to recovery from steroids. There will be a serious of intensive cognitive behavioral therapy to help the person discover their basis for addiction and deal with the feelings of guilt that often come with addiction. They will also participate in appropriate group therapy that can offer the person some insight as to how others in similar situations cope. This will allow the addict to see that they are not alone in the recovery process.
Making sure that recovering addicts have all of the tools to go out into the world after rehabilitation is essential to their long term recovery. This includes being able to spot potential triggers that could cause them to go back to using the drug. The skills to learn how to avoid those triggers are also very important in the recovery process.