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If You Know Someone Using APEDs, They May Need Help

Digital Citizens, Tuesday, October 8, 2013

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they decide to stop using appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs (APEDs) is to simply stop taking them altogether.

Anabolic steroids are powerful hormonal drugs that the body has to be weaned off of properly. It’s essential to have a medical or mental health care professional involved with a teen who wants to quit using APEDs. Many teens who stop using steroids experience severe depression and suicidal thoughts.

If you are using illegal steroids or other APEDs yourself and want to quit safely, or you are trying to help someone else, you should feel free to discuss your concerns with your doctor; doctor-patient confidentiality will ensure your discussions remain private. If you are afraid of talking to a doctor, you can locate treatment centers in your state by going to 

You can also call the Drug Help National Hotline at 800-378-4435 or the Treatment Referral Helpline (1-800-662-HELP) for guidance and confidential advice. Kids can also talk to an adult: parents, doctors, coaches, or a school nurse.

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