Anabolic Steroids

An-a-bol-ic Ste-roids

Full Name- Androgenic Anabolic Steroids

Street Names

  • Arnolds
  • Gym Candy
  • Pumpers
  • Stackers
  • Weight Trainers
  • Juice

Slang Terms Associated With Steroid Use

  • Roid Rage- uncontrollable outbursts of anger, frustration, or combativeness that may result from using anabolic steroids
  • Shotgunning- taking steroids on an inconsistent basis
  • Stacking- using a combination of two or more anabolic steroids

Why Do People Use Steroids?

  • Steroids can physically enhance someones athletic performance
  • They can increase your muscle size and strength
  • They can also decrease your amount of body fat

History of Steroids

During World War II, steroids were used to:

  • Treat wounded soldiers
  • Help patients heal from surgery
  • Attempt to bring survivors of concentration camps back from the brink of starvation

It didn't take long for people to realize that steroids can be used to gain an advantage in competition. The first reported use of steroid use was on a racing horse, Holliday, in 1941.

Effects of Steroids

Steroids affect your appearance

  • Male-pattern baldness
  • Cysts (closed pouch or sack of fluid that developes in the body)
  • Acne
  • Oily hair and skin

Steroids affect your mood

  • They can make you angry and hostile for no reason
  • There are recorded cases of murder attributed to intense anger from steroid use

How to Tell if Someone is Using Steroids


  • Baldness
  • Developement of breasts
  • Impotence


  • Growth of facial hair
  • Deepened voice
  • Breast reduction


  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Aching joints
  • Bad breath
  • Mood swings
  • Nervousness
  • Trembling

Withdrawl Symptoms

  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts/attempts
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleepiness

Steroid Brand Names

  • Androsterone
  • Oxandrin
  • Dianabol
  • Winstrol
  • Decadurabolin
  • Equipoise

Know the Law

  • Steroids are illegal for people to have without a prescription from a licensed physician
  • Doctors perscribe steroids for specific medical conditions
  • It is only safe when a doctor monitors the person
  • It is illegal for individuals to sell steroids

Know the Risk

  • Steroids are made illegally overseas and smuggled into the US or made in underground labs in the country
  • This poses a greater threat because they aren't regulated by the government and may not be pure or labeled correctly

Ways to Ingest Steroids

  • Take pills
  • Inject (with needles) Steroids into muscles
  • Injected steroids may be detected in the body for 3-4 months
  • Oral remain in your body for 1-4 weeks

Steroids increase your risk for infection

  • Sharing needles or using dirty needles to inject steroids puts you at risk for diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis

Health Problems from Steroids

  • High blood pressure
  • Changes in blood cholesterol (increase in "bad cholestrerol" (LDL) and decrease in "good cholesterol" (HDL))
  • Enlarged heart
  • Heart attack or stroke (even in young people)
  • Kidney problems or failure
  • Severe acne
  • Stunting growth
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Place to Get Help

Addiction Treatment Hotline


Addiction Recovery Hotline


Steroid Help Hotline

(563) 557-9111

Recovery Connection



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