8. Prevention and Treatment of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Abuse
The use of educational intervention programmes for the prevention and treatment of anabolic-androgenic steroid abuse has been examined in several studies. Hallagan et al. (1990) propose that education is the most feasible alternative for curbing steroid use by adolescents. On the otherhand, Bents et al. (1990) found that an educational programme which emphasised alternatives to anabolic-androgenic steroid use, such as nutrition principles and strength training techniques was more effective in improving attitudes towards potential steroid use than either an educational programme in which no alternatives were discussed or no intervention programme. Likewise, Frankle and Leffers (1990) suggest that education alone may not be as effective as clinical assessment and consultation in the care of individuals abusing steroids. Rosse and Deutsch (1990) report that benzodiazepine agents might prove useful in the amelioration of the symptoms of steroid withdrawal.
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