“My mate was taking steroids and he was getting bigger and bigger, and then another friend started them and I felt sort of left out. That’s why I started.” Jack was 18 when he first took steroids and conscious of the perceived benefits of honing a chiselled body. “Women generally like defined, big blokes. It’s like going back to caveman times – I’m the king of the castle. “You’re at a gym, you’re like ‘aah, I’m lifting more than him, he’s nothing’.”
I was getting anger problems; I would suddenly lash out at my friends if they just said the wrong thing to me Jack.
Many users purchase their steroids online, including Jack. He told Radio 5live’s Donal MacIntyre programme: “I went on the site, ordered them, really easy, shocking really. All you had to do was tick a box that you were over 18. “You could be eight years old and tick that box as long as you can read and write and understand what’s going on. “Six days later they were delivered to my door.”
But Jack liked the results he was seeing so much he quickly began to take double the recommended dosage. It was then that he started to suffer physical and psychological side-effects. “I was getting anger problems; I would suddenly lash out at my friends if they just said the wrong thing to me. “Before I had really thick hair and whilst I was on them I noticed my hair went thinner and thinner. I’m receding and I’m only 20. “Then I ended up developing breast tissue.”
After an emergency trip to hospital, for an incident unrelated to his steroid use, Jack finally had to admit taking the drugs to a concerned doctor who noticed he had a damaged liver. This shocked his mother, Sandra, who was completely unaware her son was taking steroids. “I thought his moodswings were typical teenage adolescent behaviour. “Obviously I was aware he was getting bigger and bigger but he was, to be fair, working hard at the gym as well.” “It hadn’t rung alarm bells, but perhaps it should have with me.” Jack’s parents gave him an ultimatum to give up his steroid use or leave home. Jack abided by his parents wishes and now trains without the help of steroids.
Story from BBC news.