Ecstasy is a “club drug” taken to ensure users will dance and party the night away, but its addiction destroys lives. If you or someone you know has lost control over ecstasy use, call Treatment Solutions today at 877-640-1943 for compassionate, professional drug addiction treatment.
What is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy, or MDMA, is a synthetic, psychoactive drug that is chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine. Ecstasy produces feelings of increased energy, euphoria, emotional warmth and distortions in time perception. The drug can be highly addictive for some users.
Street names for ecstasy, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, include E, 4 Dot, Beans, Rolls, Wafers, XTC, White Nothing and Hug Drug.
How is ecstasy consumed?
Ecstasy is taken orally, usually as a capsule or tablet. At first, ecstasy was popular among Caucasian adolescents and young adults in the nightclub scene or at weekend-long dance parties known as raves. More recently, ecstasy has spread to a broader range of ethnic groups and is now popular among gay, urban males. Some users take ecstasy as part of a multiple-drug experience that includes marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other substances.
How widespread is ecstasy addiction?
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 503,000 Americans aged 12 or older used ecstasy in 2007. Among 12 to 17 year olds, ecstasy use is growing – 1.4 percent of the nation’s youth reported using ecstasy in 2008, up from 1.0 percent in 2005.
What are ecstasy’s short-term effects?
According the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and National Institute on Drug Abuse, ecstasy users experience the following feelings soon after taking the drug:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Teeth grinding
- Sleep problems
Ecstasy’s long-term effects:
- Severe anxiety
- Drug craving
- Damage to the brain’s nerve endings that are responsible for thought and memory
- Impaired function and bodily production of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood, memory, sleep and appetite
The Drug Abuse Warning Network estimates that in 2001, ecstasy was a factor in 5,542 emergency room visits. For more information on ecstasy treatment, call us at 877-640-1943.
What are the risks of ecstasy addiction during pregnancy?
British researchers have found that ecstasy use by pregnant women causes an increased risk of congenital birth defects. In addition, the Maryland-based Reproductive Toxicology Center has found female infants to be vulnerable to a skeletal defect called clubfoot when they are exposed to ecstasy while still in the womb.
Why is ecstasy addiction difficult to overcome?
Ecstasy is a highly addictive drug — about 43% of users meet the criteria for drug dependence, according the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Ecstasy users who attempt to stop taking the drug often experience intense withdrawal symptoms that make quitting extremely difficult, including:
- Panic Attacks
- Paranoid delusions
- Difficulty concentrating
In addition, withdrawal from ecstasy may be affected by the fact that street-level ecstasy is often diluted with other stimulants the user is not aware of – stimulants that have their own detox side effects.
Ecstasy addition treatment is the answer.
Clients at the ecstasy treatment centers available through Treatment Solutions are more successful at quitting than users who attempt to stay clean and sober on their own, because drug rehab offers medically-supervised detox that can ease or even eliminate the difficult ecstasy withdrawal symptoms. After detox is complete, recovering addicts participate in intensive individual and group counseling sessions that get to the root causes of their addiction.
With help from highly-trained treatment counselors, as well as fellow recovering addicts, you or your loved one can learn to overcome ecstasy addiction. Call Treatment Solutions today at 877-640-1943 to take advantage of our free referral service.
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