Steroid rehab treatment: What to expect?

An insider look at what steroid rehab treatment consists of. More here.

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Addiction transforms people. From self-loving, we start to experience:

  • fear
  • despair
  • low self-esteem

Continue reading here for the basics on treating steroid addiction. We’ll review main issues and describe how to maintain your sobriety after you finish your recovery program. We invite your questions in the comments section at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all real life questions personally!


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Steroids? Addictive?

Anabolic steroids are synthetic male hormones. While steroids  are sometimes prescribed to treat certain medical conditions – such as the loss of muscle mass or natural testosterone problems – they can also be abused. In particular, steroids are commonly abused by bodybuilders, athletes, and other individuals who want to build muscle mass quickly. But are they really addictive?


Despite what some may believe, steroids can be addictive. People can crave the effects of steroids and use them over and over again, in a cycle that does not end. Even more, some people can become psychologically dependent on steroids. This kind of mental problem often responds best to professional help. But why seek help? And what does that help look like?

Why Professional Help?

It can be difficult to face the mental and emotional reasons you use steroids. Medical experts in treatment centers are well aware of the emotional roller coaster ride. In fact, the decision to enter a structured and medically guided program can bring many benefits…the most important one of which may be the opportunity to discover your true self.

Without the need for enhancement drugs.

Without any steroids.

In a rehab, you’ll learn self-care and self-respect. You’l also be medically supervised as you come off steroids. Medical professionals can supervise and treat withdrawal symptoms as they occur: mainly, drug cravings, fatigue, appetite loss, and mood swings. As you proceed through each stage of treatment, you’ll continue getting better one step at a time. The idea is that you complete enough personal growth to be able to function without steroids.

In total, rehab gives you the strategies to go out and rebuild your life, your career, and your relationships…without picking up another steroid again.

Steroid Treatment Protocols

Knowing exactly what to expect during steroid rehab treatment can be difficult, as treatment is different for everyone. Not everyone responds the same to different treatment methods, and some people may not need all of the services and treatment methods offered by rehab facilities. In general, though, most steroid rehab treatment facilities offer the following services.

Drug screening and assessment

A drug screening and addiction assessment is performed before a person enters a rehab program. These evaluations are used to determine the extent of an addiction. The initial intake assessment is also used to create a personalized treatment plan, based on an individual’s needs.

Medical detox

Sudden cessation of steroids can bring on steroid withdrawal symptoms, such as drug cravings, fatigue, appetite loss, and mood swings. Medical detox is sometimes recommended to help people undergo a more comfortable withdrawal and reduce the chances of relapse.

Psychological treatment

During your stay you will participate in several psychological treatments, including individual behavior therapy and group therapy. These treatments can help you learn how to change your thought patterns and behaviors so they don’t feel the need to turn to steroids.

Education sessions

People in rehab also spend a great deal of time attending education sessions. These sessions are designed to inform you about the dangers of using steroids, as well as help you learn more about addiction and how to overcome it.

Supportive services

Overcoming an addiction is never easy, and you will need lots of support during recovery. This is why steroid rehab programs offer a variety of supportive services such as: assistance with child care, housing, employment, and transportation.

Are Family Visits Allowed During Treatment?

Generally, rehab facilities allow recovering people to have visitations a couple of weeks after they have settled into a rehab program. If you have a loved one in treatment, you probably want to know more about what to expect.Call the rehab and ask about family visits. Most rehab programs agree that there are many advantages to family involvement in a person’s addiction recovery treatment. What are some general guidelines to planning a visit?

First, know when to visit. Treatment centers usually have a designated visitation time on the weekends. You’ll most likely be able to visit for a few hours on these designated days. Some facilities will allow visitors under special circumstances, though, such as relatives visiting from out of town. These visits should be arranged in advance, with the coordination from counselors and staff.

When visiting someone in steroid rehab treatment, you will be able to chat with your loved one and find out more about their recovery and progress. You may also be invited to participate in group therapy, family counseling, or education sessions. Participating in these activities is a great way to show your loved one that you support them in their recovery and learn how to help them through the process.

What Happens After I Finish My Treatment Program?

It’s only natural to wonder what to expect after treatment. You shouldn’t expect this to be an easy time. However, a reputable treatment center will do their best to help you maintain your goals. Here’s what you can expect.

An aftercare plan

An addiction aftercare program will be set up before you leave a steroid rehab treatment program. This aftercare program is designed to help you continue refraining from using steroids and cope with the urge to do so. This involves participation in outpatient therapy sessions and possibly referrals to necessary supportive services.

An exit or transition plan

An addiction exit plan is a written plan that outlines a person’s goals after leaving treatment. For example, a possible goal in an exit plan may include ways to build muscle mass without steroids. This plan will also include the necessary steps needed to obtain these goals as well, such as eating a healthy diet high in protein and adhering to a sensible strength training regimen.

Leaving Rehab Before Graduation

Entering an addiction rehab program requires a commitment, but no one can force you to stay. Therefore, you can leave steroid rehab treatment before completion. Of course, you should strongly consider staying in a treatment program until completion, even if you feel that they are ready to leave.

Relapse is the biggest risk for anyone who decides to leave steroid rehab treatment before completion. By leaving a treatment program, you are not giving yourself the chance to gain as much knowledge and as many tools as you can to work through your addiction. Without the proper knowledge and tools, you will find it harder to resist the temptation of drugs than those who have completed a treatment program from start to finish.

Still, there are several other reasons why you should not leave steroid rehab treatment before completion. This includes:

  • relationship issues
  • health issues
  • financial problems
  • legal reasons


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Steroid Rehab Treatment Expectations

Taking those first steps toward recovery is never easy. But you’re here doing it!

If you or a loved one still has questions about rehab treatment expectations, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below. We’ll personally address each of your concerns in a timely manner, and possibly refer you to someone who can help get you started with treatment.

Reference Sources: NIH: Anabolic Steroids
NIH: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
NIH: Principles of Effective Treatment
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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