People who lift weights and want to be competitive in sports are typically the most likely to use anabolic-androgenic steroids. Some of the performance-enhancing benefits of using steroids include: 

  • Increasing muscle-mass beyond natural growth 
  • Reducing body fat which can result in a leaner body 
  • Improving athletic performance 

Signs and symptoms of steroid addiction share some characteristics with other substance addictions like: 

  • Developing a tolerance 
  • Continuing to use steroids despite negative consequences
  • An inability to control substance use 
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms if the substance is not used 
  • The substance taking up significant time, money and effort

For more information about steroids, consult the related topics below.