Bodybuilders have big and demanding egos. The thong warriors want to be admired and perceived as unstoppable freaks. The high that one gets from absorbing people’s attention is incredibly addictive. And since the better part of the growth and glamor comes from steroids – most bodybuilders never want to live separated from the needle. A famous saying between bodybuilders is that once you are on, you are on for life.
The steroid addiction is both – physical and emotional. Anabolic steroids shut down the natural testosterone production of the user. The organism ceases to produce testosterone since there is an external source. When the bodybuilder stops using steroids, his hormonal balance is messed up. The testosterone levels are very low, which ultimately results in a severe depression and loss of muscle gains.
The phenomenon is also known as post steroid cycle depression. You were a God, but now you are normal again. The body needs a lot of time to recover its natural testosterone. Sometimes a recovery is not even possible. Many bodybuilders stay on TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) for life.
The other side of the steroid addiction is emotional. It’s still linked to the physical, but there are other important factors as well. Bodybuilders are narcissistic. They love themselves. A lot. When people are used to seeing you as the “big guy”, you lose your identity once the muscles have evaporated. Who wants to be normal? That’s the motto of all bodybuilders.
Another negative effect that comes as a result of steroid addiction are the massive financial losses. Most bodybuilders don’t make a lot of money. The drugs, the food, the supplements, the coaching, and the gym memberships cost a lot. Who’s gonna pay for it? Bodybuilders spend a small fortune on their recreational activity each month. That money can be saved or invested in something else. But just like junkies, they continue giving money to the dealers. Many bodybuilders are forced to get into activities such as G4P ( gay for pay) to make ends meet.
Obviously, serious depression is unavoidable. People just feel lost and can’t get out the magic circle. The best prevention is to never start, but what if it’s too late? The best thing to do is cut your losses. We all have lessons to learn. To get out of the steroid addiction cycle, you have to face your fears. You are not going to disappear if you are not the “big guy” anymore. You are you – whether you are big or not.
If people only like you for your fake muscles, they don’t like you at all. But since when is people’s approval a recipe for a happy life? Natural bodybuilders may be smaller, but at least they don’t have to face problems like steroid addiction and the depression that comes with.