Ecstasy addiction treatment

Ecstasy is one of the commonly used names for the drug 3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Usually available in pill form, the synthetic psychoactive drug has hallucinogenic and stimulant properties. It is one of the many club drugs popular in clubs and rave parties owing to its mood-altering effects. It targets the neurotransmitters in our brain that makes us feel happy and loved. Hence, people who use the drug often report feeling closer to people and wanting to touch them.

Studies have shown that when taken in high doses, ecstasy can make it difficult for a person’s body to regulate the temperature. This happens because an individual’s body temperature usually rises due to the crowd and continued dancing, and the drug only adds on to the effect, leading to hyperthermia. If hyperthermia persists for long, it can even lead to death.

Symptoms of ecstasy abuse

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

The abuse of club drugs like ecstasy can lead to a number of negative side effects that can last for as long as a week afterward. As with other drugs, more the use, higher the chances of developing an addiction. Such a situation arises because eventually, the brain stops producing the chemicals needed to feel pleasure, hence, the user has to take the drug in higher quantity or too often to experience the same effects as before or even feel the emotions in the first place. This can lead to a dependence on the drug.

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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Seeking treatment for ecstasy abuse

Withdrawing from ecstasy is not easy, as it can lead to a number of side effects, such as depression, confusion, anxiety, paranoia, fatigue and memory problems. Therefore, it is important to follow a systematic approach to treatment instead of going cold turkey.

Individuals seeking recovery from ecstasy addiction should do so under the guidance of an expert or at a licensed drug treatment center. Often, treatment for ecstasy addiction involves medical detox program, where an individual is prepared to reduce or stop the drug use, while medical professionals treat the withdrawal symptoms as they occur. However, that is only the first step. The recovering individual then needs to attend therapy and counseling to address the triggers that might have led to the abuse.

While seeking ecstasy addiction treatment, it is also important to undergo a thorough medical examination for identifying any co-occurring disorders, as can affect the person’s recovery and even lead to a relapse. The presence of an addiction and a mental illness simultaneously is termed as dual diagnosis. In this case, both the illnesses need treatment at the same time so that the recovering individual can attain a full, lasting recovery at the earliest possible.

Why choose Sovereign Health of Florida

Individuals can seek ecstasy addiction treatment at Sovereign Health of Florida at both Fort Myers and Pompano Beach locations. The first step in ecstasy addiction treatment is to determine if there are any underlying issues, such as a mental health disorder, that could be contributing to the addiction.

At Sovereign Health of Florida, we begin with an intensive physical and psychological evaluation that looks at not only primary symptoms but also the underlying ones. Since no two patients may have the same level of addiction or the same set of symptoms, we create customized treatment plans for all patients that help them regain control of their life and health at a pace best suited to their needs and requirements.

As a first step, patients undergo ecstasy detox treatment at one of our specialized ecstasy detox centers where they receive complete care and attention for a smooth detoxification treatment process that helps cleanse their body. The next step is therapy and counseling that help patients prepare themselves both physically and mentally for an addiction-free life. Apart from individual and group therapy, patients can also attend experiential therapies like yoga and meditation.

Once the initial treatment for ecstasy addiction gets over, patients are encouraged to stick to aftercare. Sovereign Health offers continuing care programs, such as 12-step meetings or educational events, so that all patients can continue to receive support while they work to regain control of their lives and health after returning to routine life. Our holistic approach to treatment ensures that the patients have the best shot at recovery and makes us the preferred choice of the treatment facility for many.

For more information about our ecstasy addiction treatment programs or to know how or someone you know can seek admission at any of our licensed facilities, contact our 24/7 helpline. You can also chat online with our representatives about admission, treatment or recovery-related queries.

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