Drug Categories: Anabolic Steroids

Welcome back! Over the course of the past four blogs, we've talked in detail about drug categories and what types of drugs fall within those categories. Today, we are going to finish out this series with information about Anabolic Steroids.

October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Making sure you arm yourself and those you love with the information to make the best decision when it comes to drugs is key. Abstinence is the only way to prevent substance abuse. Making sure you know exactly what the drugs can do to harm your body will help ensure you stay away from them.

Types of Steroids | Drug Treatment in Charlotte NC

Though there are over a hundred different anabolic steroids, the following are most popular:

  • Anadrol
  • Andro
  • Deca-durabolin
  • Depo-testosterone
  • Dianobo
  • Durabolin
  • Equipoise
  • Oxandrin
  • Thg
  • Winstrol

Street Names

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


  • Tablets
  • Sublingual tablets
  • Liquid drops
  • Gels
  • Transdermal patch
  • Subdermal implant pellets
  • Water-based injectable solutions
  • Oil-based injectable solutions

Side Effects for Men

  • Baldness
  • Development of breasts (gynecomastia)
  • Increased risk for prostate cancer
  • Reduced sperm count or infertility
  • Shrinkage of the testicles (testicular atrophy)

Side Effects for Women

  • Changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle
  • Deepened voice
  • Growth of facial hair
  • Male-pattern baldness

Side Effects for Adolescents

  • Risk of not reaching normal height if steroid use comes before the usual teenage growth spurt
  • Stunted growth due to premature skeletal maturation and accelerated puberty changes

According to drugabuse.gov, "Even though anabolic steroids do not cause the same high as other drugs, steroids are reinforcing and can lead to addiction. Studies have shown that animals will self-administer steroids when given the opportunity, just as they do with other addictive drugs. People may persist in abusing steroids despite physical problems and negative effects on social relationships, reflecting these drugs’ addictive potential. Also, steroid abusers typically spend large amounts of time and money obtaining the drug—another indication of addiction."

Legacy Freedom | Drug Treatment in Charlotte NC

Substance abuse and addiction aren’t something that can be resolved overnight. They are a serious problem that many undergo drug treatment in Charlotte NC for. If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction and need help, contact Legacy Freedom. Our counselors are standing by to help. No matter how bad drug use has become, there’s still hope for recovery. Contact us to learn more about drug rehab.

Be sure you visit back with other blogs in the series, as well. They will help you learn more about the different drug categories and what type of drugs are within each category. If you have any questions about drug treatment in Charlotte NC, should someone you know or love be addicted, contact Legacy Freedom.

Drug Categories: An Introduction

Drug Categories: Narcotics

Drug Categories: Stimulants

Drug Categories: Depressants and Hallucinogens

Drug Categories: Anabolic Steroids

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