Steroids are not always used in a manner that they shouldn’t be, but sometimes, they are abused. You may have been using Anavar in a way other than the way that it was prescribed, and you may be concerned that it will show up on a drug test. So, you are asking, “How long does Anavar stay in your system?”
Table of Contents
- 1 How Long Does Anavar Remain in Your System?
- 2 Withdrawal Symptoms
- 3 Side Effects of Anavar
- 4 Decreasing the Use of Anavar
- 5 Steroid Use and Mental Health
- 6 The Duration of Withdrawal
- 7 The Withdrawal Timeline
- 8 Treatment for Anavar Dependence
- 9 Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- 10 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- 11 Group Therapy
- 12 Holistic Therapy
People ask the question listed above because they are concerned about an upcoming drug test. For example, athletic bodies often test athletes for steroids because steroids are performance-enhancing drugs. They also reduce the time that athletes need to recover from their performances and give them an unfair advantage.
If you are using steroids as a competitive athlete, drug tests must be of concern to you. You need to know how long these drugs remain in your system, and you can determine this by knowing the half-life of the particular drug. A drug’s “half-life” is the time that the body needs to eliminate half of the drug. Once you know the half-life, you can determine how long the entire amount will remain in your system. Then, you will know when you can submit to a drug test without the fear of having it turn out to be positive.
The type of steroid that enhances athletic performance is known as an “anabolic steroid,” and Anavar is one of them. Anabolic steroids are testosterone that scientists create in the lab, and they promote muscle growth.
The half-life of Anavar is 8 to 12 hours.
Anavar is a Schedule III substance, so it has the potential to be abused by users. It also may lead to a low to moderate physical dependence. Because of this, it may be hazardous to stop using the substance without seeking the advice of a medical professional because stopping the use of Anavar can lead to the following withdrawal symptoms:
The symptoms listed above may last for several weeks or even several months.
Anavar also causes several side effects, including the following:
- Hair loss
- Oily skin
- An increased or decreased sex drive
- Changes in skin color
These side effects have the ability to get worse or persist for a long time. If this occurs, you must inform your physician.
Anavar can also cause very serious side effects to occur, including the following:
- Snoring or difficulties sleeping
- Increased anger
You must mention these to your doctor if you experience any of them.
Anavar also has the potential to cause your body to retain water. This puts you at risk for heart failure and leads to the following:
- Sudden or unusual weight gain
- Unusual tiredness
- Swelling in the feet and ankles
- Shortness of breath
If you want to decrease your use of Anavar, you must not suddenly stop taking the substance. Some people may be able to slowly taper their doses down, but if you don’t do this correctly, several withdrawal symptoms may appear. This occurs because, when you begin to use Anavar in a way that it was not prescribed, it creates a hormonal imbalance. Anavar mimics testosterone because it is a synthetic form of this substance, and when you ingest Anavar, your levels of testosterone increase. As a result, your body becomes used to having an increased testosterone level, and it begins to lose its ability to produce it on its own.
Because your body has lower levels of natural testosterone, the withdrawal symptoms begin to appear, and you will experience these symptoms until your body can begin producing enough testosterone again.
Steroid Use and Mental Health
Anavar creates the psychological symptoms listed above, and many people begin to consider suicide at this time. If you are also concerned about passing a drug test, it adds an extra layer of stress and may cause you to have a negative image of yourself. For that reason, ReCreate Life Counseling places you in its medication-assisted treatment program for the purpose of keeping you comfortable while the substances are being removed from your body. Because the danger of suicide exists, you will have supervision from our staff to ensure that you complete the detoxification process successfully.
The Duration of Withdrawal
The amount of time that the you will experience withdrawal symptoms will vary from person to person, but they depend on the following:
- Your medical history and history of mental health issues
- Whether or not you combined Anavar with other drugs or alcohol
- The frequency with which you took Anavar
- The average regular dose of Anavar
- The length of time you have been using Anavar
- The way in which you administered Anavar
The Withdrawal Timeline
Day 1 to Day 2
Withdrawal symptoms may begin five days after taking your last Anavar dose. The symptoms listed above may be slight in the beginning.
Day 3 to Day 5
The withdrawal symptoms are going strong at this point, and Anavar users begin to feel less alert and less energetic. This is also the time that anxiety and depression worsen.
Day 6 to Day 7
During the second week, the withdrawal symptoms will peak. Many people experience weight loss, abdominal pain, and nausea. This may also be the time that the depressive symptoms will peak, and many former users of Anavar will begin to experience insomnia.
The Second Week
You may have some persistent withdrawal symptoms during the second week, but they will be minor. The second week is not nearly as unbearable as the first week. The withdrawal symptoms fade away entirely at this time.
Your treatment begins with the detoxification process. This is when your body removes all traces of the drug from its system. The medical community advises that you undertake the medication-assisted program that we can offer you at ReCreate Life Counseling. In this program, physicians prescribe medications that reduce the symptoms described above.
You may also receive medications that return your hormones to balanced levels so that you aren’t experiencing depression or any pain. In addition to the medications, you may need to take smaller and smaller doses of Anavar if you are ingesting large doses of the substance. Tapering off slowly allows your body to adjust to lower levels of the substance without drastically changing hormone levels.
The detoxification process is only the beginning of treatment for your substance use disorder. You must also have continuing treatment in a residential, partial hospitalization, outpatient or intensive outpatient program at ReCreate Life Counseling.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
If you are experiencing a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, you will need to receive treatment for both disorders simultaneously. Your physicians and counselors will evaluate you separately for each condition and recommend a treatment for both. After you have been diagnosed, your physician may prescribe medication for your mental health disorder.
Continued treatment will consist of behavioral therapies, including the following:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy. Therapists use it to help you change your negative thoughts so that you can stop engaging in unhelpful behavior patterns. This therapy treats substance use disorders as well as mental health disorders. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders that co-occur with substance use disorders, and this is often because of negative thought patterns. At ReCreate Life Counseling, your therapist will help you identify these negative thought patterns and how they contribute to your actions.
Group therapy is highly beneficial to people experiencing substance use issues. Several people are present in a group, so you will have several different people sharing their unique experiences. They also provide you with a support system of people with knowledge of the same types of issues that you are experiencing now.
Group therapy is necessary, but you also need an individualized approach to your treatment, and we can provide this for you with holistic therapy. Holistic therapy is an alternative treatment form, including massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, art therapy, mindfulness meditation, and yoga classes. These examples address the underlying causes of your dependence on Anavar.
Drug addiction doesn’t only mean that you are addicted to methamphetamines or cocaine. Anavar is also a drug; as mentioned above, it can cause you to suffer from the same type of dependence that meth and cocaine create. Our therapists will help you see yourself in a better light and eliminate your dependence on Anavar at the same time.
If you want to release Anavar’s grip on you, contact us at ReCreate Life Counseling today.