Ecstasy addiction treatment

Ecstasy is one of the names for the drug 3-4-methylenedioxymethampheta-mine (MDMA). It is a synthetic psychoactive drug, with hallucinogenic and stimulant properties that is usually comes in pill form. Ecstasy is one of the many club drugs used in clubs and at raves with its popularity stemming from the fact that it enhances mood. This is because the drug targets the neurotransmitters in our brain that make us feel happiness and love. People who use ecstasy often report feeling closer to people and wanting to touch them.

Studies have shown that in high doses, ecstasy can make it difficult for a person’s body to regulate their temperature. In a crowded club setting, where people can get hot from being around so many other people and dancing, this can lead to hyperthermia. If hyperthermia goes on too long, that can lead to death.

Some of the other side effects of ecstasy abuse include:

  • Euphoria
  • Muted inhibitions
  • Amplified tactile sensations
  • False, yet overwhelming sense of affection/empathy
  • Depression, paranoia or anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Sleep problems
  • Drug cravings
  • Muscle tension or involuntary teeth clenching
  • Faintness and chills or swelling
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea

Negative side effects of club drugs like ecstasy can linger for as long as a week afterward.

As with many drugs, the more people use it, the higher their chances of becoming addicted are. That’s because eventually the brain stops producing the chemicals needed to feel pleasure so a person has to take more of the drug to get the same effect or even to feel emotions at all. This can lead them to become dependent to the drug or addicted to it.

Some of the symptoms of ecstasy addiction include:

  • Hyperthermia (heat stroke)
  • Hyponatremia (water intoxication)
  • Heart attack
  • Suffocation
  • Heart or kidney failure
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Treatment For Ecstasy Abuse

On the surface, treatment for ecstasy addiction seems easy: A person just has to stop using the drug. However, this is easier said than done, as stopping the use of any drug leads to withdrawal which can often be uncomfortable.

Some of the ecstasy withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Fatigue
  • Memory problems

Recovery from ecstasy addiction should be performed with a physician’s help or at a drug treatment center. Oftentimes, treatment for ecstasy addiction involves medical detox, where an individual lessens or stops using a drug while medical professionals treat their withdrawal symptoms. However, that is only the first step. An individual should then receive therapy and counseling to address the reasons they might have abused esc.

It’s important that when seeking ecstasy addiction treatment, a person gets a thorough medical exam that looks for any co-occurring disorders. A co-occurring disorder, such as a mental health illness, can affect a person’s recovery and make them relapse. If a person has more than one illness, such as ecstasy and depression, this is called a dual diagnosis, and both need to be treated at the same time.

Recovering From Ecstasy at Sovereign Health of Florida

Patients can find ecstasy addiction treatment at both our Fort Myers and Pompano Beach locations in Florida. The first step in ecstasy addiction treatment is to first determine if there are any underlying issues, such as a mental health disorder, that could be contributing to the addiction. We start with an intensive physical and psychological evaluation that not only looks at primary symptoms but any underlying ones as well. Since no two patients can receive the same treatment, we create customized treatment plans that work to help an individual regain control of their life and health.

Once their initial treatment for ecstasy addiction is finished, a person’s recovery is just beginning. Sovereign Health offers continuing care programs, such as 12-step meetings or educational events so our patients can continue to receive support as they work to regain control of their lives and health.

For more information about our ecstasy addiction treatment program at Sovereign Health, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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