Steroid addiction or dependence is rare but is a real risk. We have also discussed some of the other potential risks associated with the use of steroids. If you experience any negative side effects it is always advisable to seek professional medical attention to ensure the issue is treated.
The agencies listed below either operate needle exchange services or can provide you with advice on your steroid use. They are also able to offer you a service where you can talk tio a trained key worker who will be able to listen and advise on steroid use as well as other substances.
Dealing with the early signs of any side effect can and will improve the chances of recovering from it and will also shorten the time you will spend away from training. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ADMIT YOU NEED HELP!
Many steroid users will resort to injecting. It is important that you use sterile equipment. Across the UK needle exchange services are operated from pharmacies, doctors surgeries and substance misuse treatment services. Here you wil be able to swap used paraphenalia for sterile ones. This includes, needles, barrels, swabs and sharps bins. Signs similar to the one below identify a service that offers needle exchanges.
Increases in steroid users accessing services for advice and needle exchange has been noted over the past few years. There are several considerations for workers of needle exchanges when dealing with steroid and PIED users...
The agencies below are equiped to offer advice you may require about your steroid use and offer needle exchanges at various locations across the country. Visit their websites for further information and locations of their services.
various locations nationwide
Oxford and Banbury
Sandwell (West Midlands)