Why Men Use Steroids – NIDA Research: 32% Dependence?

In this video I review NIDA’s report on why men use steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs. It’s great to see the National Institute on Drug Abuse recognizing many of the reasons men use steroids, as well as the fact that the majority of steroid users are non-athletes. There are some aspects I see in my practice that NIDA doesn’t cover, which I also cover in this video. One of their key findings is that many men experience depression after using steroids, which can lead them to start again and become dependent. Hopefully this is the start of more people (and doctors!) recognizing the need for compassionate care for men who have used steroids.

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00:00 – Intro
– Most steroid use is by non-athletes
01:16 – Used for muscle mass & athletic performance, generally not in organized sports
01:48 – Can boost users’ confidence as well as strength
02:00 – Depression often occurs when stoping steroids, causing users to restart – “steroid use disorder”
02:17 – NIDA: up to 32% of users can become dependent
02:37 – Most use in 20’s & 30’s, also some adolescent use
02:49 – Adolescent use is seen as part of teen high-risk behavior
03:36 – 99% non-athletes who want muscle mass & strength
03:56 – Men who felt they were too small
04:34 – Men reported improved mood & confidence – this matches studies showing changes in mood related neurotransmitters
05:17 – Men reported doing better at school & work
05:31 – Most (but not all) men reported improved sex
05:44 – How men can become dependent

Stay Strong and Healthy,
Dr. O


As the Anabolic Doc, since 2003, I’ve provided men who are using or have used anabolic steroids a confidential, ethical and professional medical venue to discuss their use. I do NOT in any way support the use of any performance enhancing drugs – PEDs, anabolic steroid or other medicine for muscle building or body transformation. The “off-label” use of PEDs, as such agents is considered elicit and may lead to adverse health outcomes. Please consult an expert health professional regarding any medical agent and do NOT use any medicine without the explicit advice and supervision of an appropriate medical expert.

This video is for education and information only. This is not medical advice. Only take medications as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take illegal substances. Taking steroids can lead to serious health consequences.

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