In 1994 the FDA approved L-alpha-acetyl-methadol (LAAM) as a Schedule II drug for use in treatment of addiction. 28 LAAM may be used instead of methadone because it has longer lasting effects, and instead of daily visits to treatment, addicts may only need to take the drug three times a week. 29 Considered safe and effective, this drug is available primarily in oral forms such as pills and tablets. Like methadone, LAAM does not produce euphoric effects; however, because most patients are not familiar with LAAM, they may be initially more anxious and need more counseling and support when receiving the medication than they would with methadone. 30 In addition to anxiety, users are subjected to a number of side effects such as: abnormal liver functioning, rashes, nausea, and increased blood pressure. 31
Each user experiences their own unique feelings when using steroids and coming off the drug. When someone chooses to stop using they can experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms linked to addiction. Symptoms can include mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite, insomnia, reduced sex drive, the desire to take more steroids, and depression. Evidence for steroid addiction is certainly not as strong as it is for other drugs like cocaine or heroin. Though it is clear that people develop a tolerance and dependence on them and willingly experience negative consequences when using steroids - both of which are signs for drug dependence.