Steroid addiction withdrawal and eczema

Once your initial period of withdrawal has ended,  addiction treatment  will consist mainly of  ongoing therapy  – either on an inpatient or outpatient basis – to address the issues fueling the steroid abuse and addiction. You may benefit from therapy aimed to improve your self-esteem and help you learn to love yourself and your body, as research shows some people are driven to use steroids as a result of poor body satisfaction and an obsession with muscularity, or a need to get increasingly bigger. If you abuse steroids, you may have experienced these feelings of muscle dysmorphia or “reverse anorexia syndrome.” Feelings of low self-esteem and depression during withdrawal may also be attributed to temporary hypogonadism – or the failure of the gonads (testes or ovaries) to secrete adequate levels of testosterone or estrogen.

Topical steroids are typically prescribed by doctors to treat skin inflammation from diseases like atopic dermatitis (eczema) and other diseases involving the inflammation of the skin. If used for too long, however, the body becomes dependent or addicted to topical steroids’ ability to manage skin inflammation. Cessation of topical steroids when the skin has become addicted can lead to a horrifically painful and disfiguring process called topical steroid withdrawal that can last for years and can permanently damage the skin as well as the body’s adrenal system.

Use self-monitoring as an early warning system. Keep a daily record, particularly for the first few months of sobriety. This can prevent renewed steroid abuse problems. You may call your doctor if you feel any kind of mood disturbances for two days in a row. Another target for daily monitoring would be keeping track of cravings and urges. Identify anything that could signal a drift toward your prior patterns of steroid abuse and consult your counsellor about how to handle these situation and what’s more important how to prevent them from repeating.


Local Harm Reduction Teams throughout the East Kootenay are gathering material for The Compassion Project - an art show created for the purpose of sparking curiosity about values, beliefs and assumptions surrounding drug use in your community. The ultimate goal is to build compassion through increased awareness and understanding.

Community members who volunteer to participate in the project will have the opportunity to contribute a meaningful photo if desired, and will be asked: “How do you want to be understood?”, and “What is it like to be you?” The collection of stories, information and photos will come together to create an art exhibit that will be displayed in communities throughout the East Kootenay in the spring of 2018.

Acne is often present. Acne conglobata is a particularly severe form of acne that can develop during steroid abuse or even after the drug has been discontinued. Infections are a common side effect of steroid abuse because of needle sharing and unsanitary techniques used when injecting the drugs into the skin. These are similar risks to IV drug abusers with increased potential to acquire blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS . Skin abscesses may occur at injection sites and may spread to other organs of the body. Endocarditis or an infection of the heart valves is not uncommon.

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Steroid addiction withdrawal and eczema

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Local Harm Reduction Teams throughout the East Kootenay are gathering material for The Compassion Project - an art show created for the purpose of sparking curiosity about values, beliefs and assumptions surrounding drug use in your community. The ultimate goal is to build compassion through increased awareness and understanding.

Community members who volunteer to participate in the project will have the opportunity to contribute a meaningful photo if desired, and will be asked: “How do you want to be understood?”, and “What is it like to be you?” The collection of stories, information and photos will come together to create an art exhibit that will be displayed in communities throughout the East Kootenay in the spring of 2018.

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