Ecstasy Addiction Treatment
Ecstasy is a well-known party drug that produces a pleasurable and addictive high as the drug delivers its strong effects. The media often portrays ecstasy, a form of MDMA, as a drug that can casually be taken at clubs and social events. However, this is a misconception and some users who first abuse the drug, become physically dependent, and slowly become addicted to ecstasy.
If you or a loved one is in need of addiction treatment, Destination Hope is ready to help you achieve sobriety. The first step begins with detox. Our treatment specialists can connect you with a detox center that will help you undergo medically supervised detox so you can enter our facilities free of drugs and any other substances.
Take the first step in conquering your addiction by calling 877-771-1750.
What is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is a synthetic (man-made) drug. Often, this means that the pill or capsule will contain a mix of various drugs. This makes it extremely dangerous to take even once, as every pill can differ – even those made in the same “batch.”
It is important to remember that ecstasy is simply a marketing term for ecstasy-type drugs that may, in fact, contain very little MDMA. While MDMA alone can produce harmful effects, what is called ecstasy today often contains a wide mixture of substances – including LSD, cocaine, heroin, amphetamine, methamphetamine, and even rat poison.
Ecstasy restricts the body’s natural alarm signals. As a result, users often go beyond their physical capabilities without realizing they are doing so. For instance, a person on ecstasy may not realize they have drank liters of water and drink themselves to death. An ecstasy user may not realize he has become overheated, and faint or experience a heatstroke. This is particularly dangerous if in a club setting where the body may already be overexerting itself.
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Ecstasy Addiction Symptoms
Signs of ecstasy addiction will depend on how much, how often, and how long a person has been using. Additionally, there may physical, psychological, and behavioral signs of substance abuse.
Symptoms can include the following:
- Dry mouth
- Chapped lips
- Sped up breathing
- Accelerated heart rate
- Weight loss
- Inability to sleep
- Muscle tension
- Tightness in mouth and jaw
- Increased blood pressure
- Hot or cold flashes
- Hostility toward others
- Lying/hiding drug use
- Avoiding friends and family
- Inability to feel happy
- Lack of motivation
As ecstasy is readily available at most party scenes, it’s a slippery slope between use, abuse, and addiction. After a sufficient period of use, the addict will become physically dependent on the high experienced from ecstasy.
Withdrawal from ecstasy can produce a variety of strong psychological symptoms and some users may experience physical discomfort. The physical effects are normally not life-threatening. Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of appetite
- Memory problems
- Changes in self-perception
Withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and extremely uncomfortable. Before entering rehab, addicts will need to complete a supervised detox. During this type of detox, a medical team will supervise your symptoms so that you can be free of drugs as safely and comfortably as possible. From there, you will transition to an addiction treatment program.
Destination Hope can connect you with a detox center so you can take the first step in recovery and enter our ecstasy treatment program. Call 877-771-1750 to get started.
Within an hour of taking ecstasy, users will experience a high that includes sensory hallucinations and blurred vision. Side effects from ecstasy addiction can vary as the disease progresses and the severity of these side effects get worse the longer the drug is abused.
- Impaired judgment
- False sense of affection
- Sleep problems
- Severe anxiety
- Drug cravings
- Muscle tension
- Faintness and chills or swelling
- Involuntary teeth clenching
- Long-lasting brain damage
- Inability to recover old memories
- Inability to create new memories
- Damage to portions of the brain that regulate critical functions such as learning, sleep and emotion
- Depression, anxiety, memory loss
- Kidney failure
- Cardiovascular collapse
Getting Ecstasy Addiction Help
Destination Hope offers both inpatient and intensive outpatient ecstasy addiction treatment programs. When you decide to enter ecstasy rehab, our admissions specialists will determine which program will be best for you. Ongoing treatment is crucial for staying sober long term, which is why we offer a variety of programs that will help former ecstasy addicts stay focused on sobriety.
You’re only one step away from conquering an ecstasy addiction. Contact Destination Hope to get started on your path to recovery.