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Addiction Treatment Blog by Addiction Experts » Entries tagged with "doping"

Lance Armstrong: A True Amends or Just an Empty Apology?

  On the night of January 17th, 2013, Oprah Winfrey sat down with Lance Armstrong to discuss his admittance to doping throughout his career as a professional cyclist.  Armstrong’s admission to his rampant drug use was not quite the “sincere” apology most wanted to see from the once victor of seven Tour de France wins that have since been stripped from him.  For an alcoholic or addict, truly making an amends to someone when you have wronged him or her is not just an apology; it is expressing that you are sorry for the harm you caused, asking how to make it right and making a commitment to change the behavior that caused the harm.  An amends is so much more than just admitting wrong doing and regret, which is what … Read entire article »

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Top Drug-related Stories of 2012

  From face-eating cannibals to disgraced athletes, 2012 was an exciting and tragic year for drug-related news.  Here are the top five stories related to the subject.   1.  Face-Eating Zombie Attack Our first and most delicious story of 2012 happened on May 26th when Rudy Eugene, having suddenly developed a voracious appetite for human flesh, was found under a Miami highway eating another man’s face off.  That man, 65 year-old Ronald Poppo, survived the horrific attack after losing 80 percent of his face to Eugene’s mouth.  Police responded to the attack, immediately taking down Eugene with a hail of gunfire.  At first many people believed that the “zombie-like” killer had committed this tasteless act due to the effects of bath salts but the autopsy report showed that he was just really, really, really … Read entire article »

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Continued Anabolic Steroid Use May Lead to Dementia-like Side Effects

  While it is known that long-term anabolic steroid use can shrink your testicles, many people don’t know about another newly-discovered side effect of this drug: memory loss. McLean Hospital Research Psychiatrist Harrison Pope, MD, and Harvard Medical School researchers conducted a study on forty-four individuals, ranging from the ages of 29 to 55, with thirty-three of them having used steroids for an average of seven years.  The researchers instructed all of the participants to complete five cognitive tests that measured different functions of the brain, comprised of reaction time, memory for shapes and locations of objects, ability to maintain attention, memory for lists of words, and speed of information processing Pope explained, “We have seen a significant rise in AAS use within the general population over the last 20 years, and are … Read entire article »

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The Doping Epidemic: Now Not Just Corrupting Professional Sports

  Throughout recent years, a variety of professional sports have been mortified by the use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.  The certain athletes that participate in the use of these drugs are getting caught and some banned from their sport forever.  Unfortunately it is not just themselves and their sport they are hurting. The practice of doping has moved on to high school students and beyond to the general public.  This new trend started by and made popular by professional athletes has now become an epidemic. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the world’s largest anti-doping organization, was created on November 10, 1999 in Lausanne, Switzerland with the intent of ending performance-enhancing drug use in sports.  While the organization has taken on high profile athletes, such as Lance Armstrong, they have not done enough to … Read entire article »

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Belarusian Olympian Stripped of Her Gold Medal After Testing Positive for Anabolic Steroids

  Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk became the first prominent athlete to test positive for doping in the London Olympics on Monday, August 15, 2012, and was stripped of her gold medal just hours after the 2012 games concluded. The 31 year-old Ostapchuk was awarded the gold, her first, after winning the shot put competition on Monday, August 6, with a throw measured at 21.36 meters, or 70.08 feet.  Ostapchuk was tested twice, on August 5 and August 6, and both samples came back positive for methenolone, a type of synthetic anabolic steroid banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The International Olympic Committee has ordered the Belarus Olympic committee to return the medal, which will be retroactively awarded to defending Olympic champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand, as soon as possible.  The silver … Read entire article »

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Chinese Swimming Star Stuns the World but Accused of Doping

  In this day and age, doping has become one of the biggest problems in sports, destroying the legitimacy of the game like no other.  For the 2012 Olympic Games, all the athletes are tested rigorously, to make sure that they are not using performance enhancing drugs to improve their already amazing ability and strength.  Some of the athletes have already been disqualified for doping before the games even started, diminishing their chance to compete, and startlingly, there also have been some that have actually competed in the official games that have been banned this year, and possibly in 2016 for the next Olympics.  But there are those “clean” and genuine athletes that the media dissects and exploits their extraordinary talent, stating that they are cheaters and must have taken drugs … Read entire article »

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Doping in the Olympics: More than 100 Athletes Already Banned from the 2012 London Games

  The Olympic Games, a time for countries to watch and support their fellow citizens trying to win the prized gold medal, has been a tradition for thousands of years, stemming from Olympia, Greece, and dating back to the 8th century BC.  Recently, there have been countless stories in the news about athletes using performance-enhancing drugs to boost their strength and stamina, subsequently putting the World Anti-Doping Agency on edge this year at the 2012 London Olympic Games.  The WADA is testing every athlete who potentially could qualify for the games, and continuing to do so throughout the event to ensure the integrity of the games.  So far, in the last six months through mid-June 2012, there have been more than 107 athletes who have been banned from competing in the … Read entire article »

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Drug Doping has Spread to NASCAR

  Just recently in NASCAR news, A.J. Allmendinger, a respected driver in the sport of high-speed racing, tested positive for a type of stimulant, subsequently suspending him from racing until his “B” sample is tested further.  The sample will be tested by Aegis Sciences Corp. next week in Nashville, Tennessee.  One much esteemed NASCAR star, Carl Edwards, says that the random drug-testing policy in place for its drivers needs to be modified.  Edwards made this remark concerning the taking of substances that people may not be aware of as far as the drug properties go, “People are imperfect. Tests are imperfect. One of the first things my trainer told me when he started working with me is, ‘Be careful. Anything you ingest is made somewhere, and you don’t know what that … Read entire article »

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