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Ecstasy Drug Abuse Treatment

Known as a club drug, ecstasy has been used amongst teens, young adults, and mature adults to increase their party experience. Ecstasy is different in that it is both a stimulant and a hallucinogenic. It makes experiences more intense and adds a level of euphoria to otherwise regular events. The attempt to stop using ecstasy can be difficult and require additional treatment and support. There are some key things you need to know when you want to recover from ecstasy addiction, have a loved one addicted to ecstasy, or looking to get treatment.

Ecstacy Treatment

You Need to Know What Ecstasy Is

Ecstasy is a chemical called methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA, and like many other illegal drugs goes by many names. Ecstasy may be the most common name, but that is not the only name. Ecstasy also goes by Molly, X, E, XTC, or beans. It also goes by MDMA which is what actually produces the effects when on the drug. One of the primary dangers of ecstasy is that it is often mixed with other drugs to increase during manufacturing. The dangerous part is in most cases the drugs are mixed without the user being aware, or the user having no idea what it is mixed with. Some of the drugs mixed with ecstasy are:

A Real Negative Side to Ecstasy

People who enjoy taking ecstasy rave about how awesome it is to party with, and other positive attributes. Ecstasy has been known to diminish inhibitions, provide a heightened sense of euphoria, an increased sense of pleasure from being physically touched, enhanced energy, and a heighten sexual arousal. What users of ecstasy fail to tell you is the negative side of using the drug. The euphoria and heightened sense of arousal are not everything that comes with the use of ecstasy. An increased heart rate and blood pressure, muscle tension, fainting, hot and cold flashes, and organ complications due to an increase in body temperature are also a part of the ecstasy experience, and these are the side effects that can cause you great harm or even lead to death.

Effects of Abuse and Addiction

Ecstasy directly affects the pleasure zone of the brain. So pleasure, trust, love, hunger, and sleep are all affected by the by the chemicals in the drug. When someone constantly uses ecstasy when they are not on the drug they may find it extremely difficult to reach the same height of happiness because the brain is depleted of the chemicals that control that region of the brain. So, longtime users will experience depression, worry, extreme sadness, insomnia, and sometimes even suicidal thoughts.

Treatment Can Help

As mentioned above, ending the use of ecstasy will generally cause several unwanted and possibly severe symptoms. Getting professional treatment is the best way to abstain from the drug, and have the mental health treatment you may need while you are going through the possible depression and anxiety that comes from long-term use and withdrawal. Every person is different and deserves a treatment plan tailored to their needs. Your treatment plan may include:

Medication Management

Some treatment centers offer medication management therapy to recovering ecstasy addicts. Because there is such depletion in the serotonin levels in the brain, medication could be helpful in the recovery process.

Other Forms of Therapy

Whether you are in inpatient are outpatient treatment therapy will play a large part of your recovery process. Some people who seek out the drug initially may have been looking to self-medicate, but then their usage turned into a full blown addiction. If there are any mental health issues present, therapy will help expose and correct some of those issues.

Support

All addicts need support, and that is why treatment is essential.

There Is Life After Ecstasy Addiction

Going through a treatment program will help you to live a sober lifestyle after addiction. You can reclaim your life and never go back if you have the right treatment program and believe you can.


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