While many people know not to mix steroids and alcohol, the effect of mixing opioids and steroids is less well known. The mixture of performance-enhancing drugs and painkillers has come to represent a significant public health threat, not only for professional athletes but for teens and young adults as a whole. Unfortunately, our detox treatment center in Palm Beach has seen this threat first-hand and want to educate you on the dangers of mixing opioids and steroids.
Dangers of Steroids
There have been persistent reports of anabolic steroid and other performance-enhancing drug abuse among amateur and professional athletes for many years. The use of these substances is now affecting not only athletes but anyone in a job that requires physical performance and endurance. While anabolic steroids and other drugs can enhance performance and improve appearance for some individuals, they are dangerous and can cause long-lasting, sometimes irreversible health problems.
Use of steroids has been related to health problems such as:
- Early heart attacks
- Liver tumors
- Kidney failure
- Serious psychiatric illnesses
In addition, people who use steroids by injection increase their risk of:
- Hepatitis B and C
- Skin infections
- Endocarditis (an infection of the heart)
Anabolic steroids have also been linked to dramatic changes in behavior. Case studies have reported increased irritability and aggression among abusers, especially at higher dosages. Some of the abusers have engaged in aggressive physical acts like vandalism, assault, burglary, and armed robbery.
Physical Risks of Mixing Steroids and Opioids
The rigors of physical activity often lead to chronic pain which many individuals elect to treat with prescription opioid painkillers. When people start taking drugs while on steroids without knowing the consequences, the results can be dangerous. Mixing steroids and opioids can exacerbate the effects of each drug and lead to considerable physical complications, such as:
- Increased heart rate
- Further chronic pain
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Mood swings and chronic depression
- Erratic and violent behavior
The tragic irony is that many who take steroids to improve their physical performance often wind up needing some level of pain medication to manage the chronic pain and physical trauma that their bodies have sustained. Although they may desperately want to mix steroids and opioids for the short-term relief, the long-term problems are not worth it.
Quality Treatment for Combined Steroids and Opioid Abuse
At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, we are well-equipped to treat simultaneous abuse of steroids and opioids. The process starts with a medically-monitored detox in South Florida to arrest any immediate physical symptoms and prevent further complication. After patients complete a thorough detox, they are provided with a holistic addiction treatment plan that will help them explore the underlying issues of confidence, self-awareness, and pressure with which they’re faced.
The use of steroids may lead to strokes, heart attacks, violent behavior, and irritability. When mixed with a painkiller (or opioid), the effects of each drug are exacerbated, potentially leading to several health conditions. Because the use of steroids to improve physical ability often leads to the use of opioids to help manage chronic pain, many people fall victim to this vicious cycle. Break the cycle and get help. If you’re ready to change your own life or the life of someone you love, contact us at (888) 280-4763 to get started today!