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What are Steroid Detox Methods?


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, not much is known about the treatment of steroid addiction. Although this addiction is a definite problem, there are only a small number of researchers working on viable treatments for steroid abuse. Steroid abuse is a wide spread problem particularly among communities of professional and college athletes. When someone becomes dependent or addicted, they need to consider the different steroid detox methods and choose the best one for their needs.

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Inpatient Steroid Detox

Inpatient steroid detox is a residential type of detox. You go through detox in a hospital like environment. You stay in the treatment facility until you, your doctor, and your therapist feel that it is time to leave. The advantages of inpatient treatment are:

  • 24 hour support
  • group counseling
  • individual therapy
  • close monitoring for negative effects of detox

These advantages make inpatient treatment a preferred type of treatment. Most people who are in professional sports go through inpatient treatment.

Outpatient Steroid Detox

Steroid Detox Methods

It can be difficult to avoid temptation in outpatient detox.

Outpatient steroid detox is a bit more difficult to accomplish than inpatient detox. Instead of staying at the treatment facility, you go to a treatment facility daily, weekly, or monthly depending on your treatment plan. Although outpatient treatment offers similar treatment types to inpatient treatment types, the temptations of being in the environment where steroid use is permitted might prove too difficult for some to overcome.

Supportive Treatment

One of the most effective treatments for steroid abuse is supportive treatment. This treatment is simply managing the symptoms as they come up. Most people experience the withdrawal symptoms and the doctors treat these symptoms as they come up. The treatments can range from antidepressants to anti-nausea medications.

Hormonal Treatment

A newer form of treatment, hormonal treatments are now available to people suffering from steroid addiction. These treatments combat the wide range of long term physical effects and help you keep the withdrawal symptoms at bay. These treatments are largely experimental and more research is needed before the long and short term effects of these hormonal treatments are fully realized.


Counseling is a traditional therapy for any addiction. Many people opt for counseling over hormonal and other treatments because it is the least invasive of the possibilities. Counseling can help you overcome your reasons for using steroids in the first place. Once that need is conquered and no longer exists, the need for steroids theoretically no longer exists. There is both group and individual counseling for steroid abuse.

Community Therapy

Community therapy is a group type therapy where a community of other recovering addict supports your addiction treatment. Some types of community therapies are 12 step programs while others are less structured and less based on spiritual beliefs. Those that opt for community therapy normally choose another type of supportive therapy to coincide with it.

Where to Find Help for Your Steroid Addiction

To find help for your steroid addiction call 800-996-6135(Who Answers?) . We can help you decide on which treatment option is right for you. There are hundreds of treatment centers that specialize in a variety of addictions and treatment methods, we can help you choose between them.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Anabolic Steroids.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)- Behavioral Therapies. 
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