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How to Find and Get Help for Ecstasy Addiction: A Guide to Ecstasy Addiction Treatment

Effective Treatment for Ecstasy Addiction

Ecstasy is a very popular drug that has been used for decades. In the past, ecstasy was primarily used by teenagers and young adults at rave parties or nightclubs, but it has now become more common for people of all ages to take it. 

The drug ecstasy is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system, increasing serotonin levels while it is in the body. Ecstasy can cause a person to feel euphoric and relaxed, but the effects only last a few hours, approximately  3 to 4 hours. Like other drugs that affect serotonin levels, long-term use of ecstasy can cause problems with the person’s ability to regulate serotonin production, leading to feelings of depression coupled with or without anxiety.

Ecstasy Addiction Abuse Signs

Ecstasy is a psychoactive drug that has stimulant and hallucinogenic properties, which can lead to addiction in some users. Frequent episodes of hallucinations, paranoia, and depression are the milder consequences of ecstasy use. The use of the drug causes the person’s body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure to rise dangerously high, and abuse of the drug with these effects after a duration of time can lead to organ failure. 

Since the drug use is usually associated with nightclubbing or partying, the conditions are usually already hot combined with dancing and the lack of hydration with water. Ecstasy use in situations like this can lead to heatstroke. Most cases of fatality from ecstasy are due to heatstroke.

Dehydration is worsened by drinking alcohol combined with ecstasy is a deadly combination. Another danger of ecstasy use is making poor judgments such as binge drinking, taking other drugs, having unprotected sex, or reckless driving.

Ecstasy Addiction Symptoms

As ecstasy users may not see that the use of the drug is problematic there are some clear ecstasy abuse signs that someone may have an ecstasy addiction. If you or someone you love displays these signs, it is time to get helps to quit this destructive behaviour. The ecstasy addiction abuse signs are

  • Using ecstasy in increasingly more often periods or in increasing amounts
  • Spending most of the time thinking about ecstasy and how to get the next high
  • Experiencing difficulties with memory and cognitive function which results in problems in school or work especially during the comedown period
  • Difficulty in socialising or forming close relationships unless on ecstasy
  • Having financial difficulties related to funding the habit
  • Continued ecstasy use despite health or legal trouble

Ecstasy addiction symptoms are not always obvious, but they can include increased tolerance to ecstasy. Other symptoms are more severe and may have life-threatening consequences such as heart attacks, seizures, brain damage, and even death.

Ecstasy Abuse Can Lead to Overdose

Ecstasy is often combined with other substances such as methamphetamine or cocaine-known as “speedballs” that carry the high risk of overdose and death. Severe ecstasy addiction is deemed a serious health problem that can cause long-term health physiological issues and can result in fatality.

Treatment for Ecstasy Addiction Withdrawal

Ecstasy addiction treatment requires a comprehensive plan that addresses the mental, physical and social aspects of addiction to provide a person with the best chance for recovery.

The treatment module for ecstasy addiction is a combination of individual and group counselling. These treatment therapies will help the person recognise their problem with drug abuse, which is an integral part of recovery from addiction to ecstasy or for that matter, any kind of drug.

The person may also be prescribed medication to help with the withdrawal syndrome, which is a range of symptoms that occur when someone stops taking an addictive drug. The use of drugs like benzodiazepines can help with the depression, anxiety, and insomnia that are common in ecstasy withdrawal.

The ecstasy addiction treatment plan at PROMIS is individualised and includes drug rehabilitation therapy. Our personalised treatment options may also include other therapies to treat other mental illnesses or co-occurring disorders unique to the person’s needs.

Why Private Ecstasy Addiction Rehab is Best?

This addiction, like many other drug addictions,  is a chronic illness that can make the person feel like their life has been taken away from them. Ecstasy users may want to get help, but not know how or where to start. A private ecstasy rehab can offer a safe, secure environment to get the help and support that is needed.

Here at PROMIS, we offer a wide range of services to help users recover from ecstasy addiction. Our professional staff is trained and licensed in clinical interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).

FAQ About  Ecstasy Addiction

What Is Ecstasy Addiction?

Ecstasy is a psychoactive drug that can produce hallucinogenic and stimulant effects. The addiction to the drug, which is often referred to as a “rave” or “club” drug abuse, may be linked to insomnia, depression, or anxiety.

Severe use of the drug has dangerous side effects and can even be fatal. The best way to help someone with an ecstasy addiction is to find a treatment program that meets his or her needs.

How Do Users Take Ecstasy?

Ecstasy is typically taken in pill form. Users will swallow the tablet whole, usually without chewing it. The pills are often a different colour than other drugs and may have a logo on them to easily identify the ¨brand¨.

The Short-Term Effects of Ecstasy Use

Ecstasy use can lead to the following short-term effects:

  • anxiety and depression
  • confusion, paranoia, and delusions
  • dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure

The Long-Term Effects of Ecstasy Use

Long-term effects of ecstasy use may include anxiety, depression and mood swings, impaired cognition or thinking skills, memory problems, sleep difficulties, and changes in the body’s ability to regulate temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.

How Addictive Is Ecstasy?

Ecstasy is considered to be a relatively low-risk drug, with the potential for both positive and negative effects. Ecstasy can be addictive, but it is not considered as dangerous or addictive as other drugs.

How Do I Know if Someone Is on Ecstasy?

The best way to know if someone is on ecstasy is to have the person take a drug test. The test will tell you what drugs are in their system and how much of each drug they took.

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