12 Jul Addiction Recovery from Drugs, Alcohol, Steroids is New Message from Jeremy Jackson
Actor Jeremy Jackson, known for his role on the television show “Baywatch,” is speaking about his drug addictions and recovery, including recovery from injectable steroid abuse.
The actor said in interviews that his story started during his teen years with experimentation with cigarettes and marijuana, along with alcohol use. Eventually, the experimentation included crystal meth and other substances, leading Jeremy Jackson to describe periods of total desperation in his discussions with media sources. Jackson made a decision to leave the Baywatch cast, a decision many reports say are linked with the changes the drug addiction caused.
In 2000, Jackson faced arrest for producing methamphetamines; his total rehab experiences stand at five attempts. Now in this 30s and calling himself in full-time recovery, Jeremy Jackson has also appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab,” addressing his multi-year drug and alcohol addictions on the national camera.
While the actor is reported to be living without drug and alcohol addiction today, and has been for a few years, his addiction story also includes another element – injected steroid abuse. Jackson says the pressure to have a body that would be accepted at acting auditions pulled him in to steroid use, which he addressed on Celebrity Rehab. He said that the steroids quickly drew him away from meaningful activities and led him down a path of unhappiness.
Reflecting on his work to overcome the steroid addiction, Jackson says the realization that his inner life and inner-self were more important than his outer self marked a tangible turning point. This turning point, he says, began to occur through his time on Celebrity Rehab, helping him escape the use of steroids as a way to boost his self-esteem. Now, says Jackson, his life focus includes assisting others with substance abuse addictions to chart their own path to recovery.
Steroid abuse, or anabolic steroid abuse, is linked to serious health risks and death, including severely elevated blood pressure and dangerously abnormal cholesterol levels. Liver damage, skin problems and heart damage are also side effects linked to steroids. The drugs were medically developed in the 1930s to treat growth-related conditions, but abuse by athletes led to a ban from all major sporting institutions and events. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, teen use of steroids is at 1.3 percent for eighth graders and sophomores, with around 2.2 percent of high school seniors experimenting with steroids.
Many teens and young adults can be drawn to steroids for the short-term feelings of strength and confidence, but the mental effects of steroid abuse are also severe. Bouts of mania or aggression can lead users to commit acts of violence or self-harm. Severe mood swings are also reported, and can be escalated by coexisting substance abuse or alcohol abuse problems.
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