Are doping substances not addictive?

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Are doping substances not addictive?

It is proven that the use of doping substances creates a real physical and psychological addiction. Physics, when you feel the need to frequently take the substance; psychological, when you are unable to give up the image of yourself and your body given by these molecules.

Doping, compared to drug addiction, increases psychic dependence also because the choice to use doping substances derives above all from a mental need: for example, being able to excel in sports competition. The intake of these substances in physical activity, in fact, has the main purpose of reducing the sensation of pain and fatigue, decreasing body weight, increasing muscle mass and strength to improve the performance and performance of the athlete. Furthermore, some of the substances used for doping, called body image drugs, have the ability to modify the body giving the "athlete" a self-image that meets his expectations and which he would hardly give up. This type of psychological addiction can last much longer than the physical one. Those who use these substances, in addition to damaging the world of sport, seriously endanger their body. Sport is about respect, fair play and a healthy life. Let's make sure it doesn't become a way to harm yourself.

1. National Institute of Health (ISS), Observatory for Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs. Drugs and doping, 2014

2. National Institute of Health (ISS), Observatory for Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs. Doping

 

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