Ecstasy is a hallucinogen which alters mood and perception. It is one of several substances often referred to as club drugs. Ecstasy is also known as MDMA or Molly, a name derived from the drug’s active ingredient 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. It is a powder made in illegal laboratories then sold as pills, tablets or capsules. Ecstasy is often adulterated with any number of substances which can be especially dangerous such as methamphetamine, ketamine, cocaine, the over-the counter cough suppressant dextromethorphan (DXM), the diet drug ephedrine, and caffeine.

Because of the feelings of euphoria these drugs produce, club drugs are especially popular with those attending dance parties at night clubs, often referred to as “raves.” According to a 2015 report published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens, nearly six percent of 12th graders surveyed said they had used ecstasy at some point in their lives.

But while people use ecstasy to produce a sense of happiness and wellbeing it is in fact highly dangerous and addictive drug that can put their lives in danger.

The Effect of Ecstasy

Ecstasy is a powerful hallucinogen. It works by altering the activity of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. When this happens users experience alterations in their experience of thoughts and feelings. According to a DEA report, ecstasy use causes changes in perception, including euphoria and increased sensitivity to touch, energy, sensual and sexual arousal, need to be touched, and need for stimulation.

A myth persists that ecstasy is a safe drug but this is hardly the case. According to Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse “MDMA can cause a dangerous increase in body temperature that can lead to kidney failure. MDMA can also increase heart rate, blood pressure, and heart wall stress.” Once the body loses its ability to regulate its temperature the kidneys, liver or heart may fail leading to death.

The DEA classifies it as a Schedule I drug. A Schedule I drug is defined as a drug with a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. This means that using this substance can put the individual at risk of developing an ecstasy addiction.

While users take the drug in pursuit of the positive sensations it may produce they may find themselves experiencing a number of negative side effects including:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Impulsiveness
  • Aggression
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Lack of appetite
  • Thirst
  • Reduced interest in and pleasure from sex
  • Significant reductions in mental abilities

Ecstasy can also dangerously distort the brain’s chemistry. Prolonged usage can cause the brain to produce less serotonin. As a result, some studies suggest that heavy MDMA users experience extended periods of confusion, depression, and memory loss. According to a recent report, University of Liverpool researchers found that “ecstasy users showed significant reductions in the way serotonin is transported in the brain. This can have a particular impact on regulating appropriate emotional reactions to situations.”

When someone abuses ecstasy it can put their physical and mental health at risk. Because of this it is best that anyone using ecstasy halt their use as soon as possible. However this may be harder than expected if they have developed an addiction which may cause them to experience withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop their use. Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and can include fatigue, loss of appetite, depression and trouble concentrating. To avoid these symptoms and ensure a long-lasting recovery, it may be best to seek help through ecstasy addiction treatment.

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Treatment For Ecstasy Addiction At Sovereign Health Of Texas

Sovereign Health offers treatment for ecstasy addiction at our El Paso location. For those seeking treatment, the process begins with comprehensive physical and psychological evaluations to discover any underlying conditions that may be fueling the patient’s addiction. In some cases, medically assisted detox may be needed to help rid the body of toxic substances that have built up as a result of the patient’s drug use. Once detox has been completed our staff will employ other treatment modalities to bring patients through the recovery process.

At Sovereign, we know that treatment for ecstasy addiction should be tailored to the unique needs of each of our patients. Accordingly, our staff designs an individualized program for every patient that comes to us seeking ecstasy addiction treatment. The evidence-based programs and treatment modalities we use include:

  • Individual and process group therapy
  • Stress and anger management groups
  • Schema treatment
  • Narrative treatment
  • Mindfulness training
  • Biopsychosocial assessment
  • Life skills education
  • Experiential outings
  • Couples therapy
  • Continuing care program

If you would like more information about our treatment programs for recovering from ecstasy addiction offered by Sovereign Health of Texas please call our 24/7 helpline.

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