Each user experiences their own unique feelings when using steroids and coming off the drug. When someone chooses to stop using they can experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms linked to addiction. Symptoms can include mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite, insomnia, reduced sex drive, the desire to take more steroids, and depression. Evidence for steroid addiction is certainly not as strong as it is for other drugs like cocaine or heroin. Though it is clear that people develop a tolerance and dependence on them and willingly experience negative consequences when using steroids - both of which are signs for drug dependence.
STEROIDS, ARTIFICIAL TESTOSTERONE, AND GROWTH HORMONES
Though testicular atrophy can occur naturally, our concern at is when such experiences occur following steroid/hormone cycles. When a young male administers steroids and/or hormones, he is receiving an artificial substitute to natural testosterone. As soon as this occurs, a series of subsequent events happens that are critical in understanding why a man’s nuts react in such an undesirable way. First, the presence of artificial hormones tricks the body into thinking that its quota has been met. As a result, the need to produce more hormone is reduced; sometimes, to the extent that the body never produces natural testosterone again. Second, the chemical is internally routed to the pituitary gland where it forms a groove about the surface of the brain in that region. Pooling of the brain’s natural chemicals occurs in this newly formed groove which is then polluted by the injected steroids and/or hormones. Soon thereafter, the hypothalamus and the hypothalamus duct are compromised; from the brain stem down to the testicles.
Due to a wide range of media coverage and large scale steroid scandals fans and experts have continued to bring the games integrity into question. Major League Baseball is a game of statistics. The entirety of a player's career is based upon the consistency and credibility of the numbers and accolades acquired during the period in which they played. "Their real impact has been at the margins: There are certainly some scrubs who wouldn't be in the majors without the juice, and we have ample evidence that at the other end of the scale, drugs can take Hall of Famers and all-time greats and help them perform at historically unprecedented levels" (La-Times). When it comes to this topic generally there are two trains of thought. Many do not see the harm with this type of substance use because it makes the game more exciting and allows athletes to reach untested potentials. On the other side of the argument many fans and experts believe the game has lost its purity because of this drug use. More recently an issue has arose with high-caliber players who have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs are not being voted for on a hall of fame ballot. This fact has brought many to question the game's integrity. No matter the statistics and achievements produced by the certain player prior to drug use, a positive test for steroids has shown to discredit the athletes integrity and career entirely.