Anabolic steroid abuse is a very difficult subject to define. It is also a very difficult topic to approach for many different reasons. This article will outline what the definition of anabolic steroid abuse is, where the line between use and abuse is drawn, how solid that line is, and the parameters by which safe and responsible use is determined, as well as the parameters by which irresponsible abuse is determined.
The mass media and the government will very often sensationalize, exaggerate, and outright lie about the dangers associated with anabolic steroid use. Media and government outlets will constantly define anabolic steroids wrongfully as drugs that possess a very low safety threshold and that the use of anabolic steroids is that of an extremely dangerous practice that will often result in acute as well as chronic injury and death. The facts have shown us throughout the previous 60 years of anabolic steroid use among athletes, bodybuilders, and the average gym goer that anabolic steroid use is in fact a very safe when performed judiciously following various strict guidelines and conditions, which can be defined as sensible and proper anabolic steroid use. When these guidelines and conditions are not followed or outright broken, this is when use turns into abuse. It is important for every individual to understand that anabolic steroid use for the purpose of performance and physique enhancement is not a safe practice. There is no such thing as 100% safety concerning anabolic steroid use (or the use of any other drugs, compounds, substances, supplements and even foods) – there only exists safer use.
The portrayal of anabolic steroids by the governments and mass media to the general public is the following: anabolic steroids are miracle drugs when used within medicine that have the capability to cure diseases, save lives, and exhibit remarkable effects on the body in terms of healing and recovery. However, the general public is then told that when anabolic steroids are utilized for the purpose of performance and physique enhancement, they suddenly become deadly and kill individuals who use them. How can it be that if an individual is sick, anabolic steroids will help them, but if an individual is a healthy athlete, anabolic steroids will kill them? How can this be? There is something clearly very wrong here.
The dictionary definition of abuse is as follows:
[v. uh-byooz; n. uh-byoos] verb, a·bused, a·bus·ing, noun verb (used with object)
1. To use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse one’s authority.
2. To treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way: to abuse a horse; to abuse one’s eyesight.
The dictionary definition of abuse provides some solid groundwork to build upon a definition of anabolic steroid abuse. The dictionary definition of abuse is far too limited and vague, especially when the topic of drugs and anabolic steroids are concerned. Therefore, it is very important to then understand the absolute importance of the following: context. Context is defined as the set of circumstances or facts that surround, influence and/or determine a particular event or situation. The context under which an individual looks upon a subject is of the utmost extreme importance, considering the fact that blanket statements and accusations should never be utilized when discussing science and medically-based subjects, as there are too many variables to consider when attempting to make a simplified, vague, broad, or blanket statement/claim.
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