Are you Addicted to Ecstasy?
Ecstasy, technically called 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), is a designer drug that has been available on the street for recreational use since 1977. It was banned in 1985. Physical and psychological dependence, along with social, behavioral and health consequences exist. Treatment goals center on helping recovering addicts undo the addiction mindset that drives ongoing drug-using behavior, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. At our Florida drug treatment center, we’re here to help!
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reported six million people admitted to using Ecstasy in their lifetime; four million admitting they had used in the last year. The Club drug was popular in nightclubs, raves and music festivals in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Its reputation as being able to diminish inhibitions, enhance energy, improve mood, increase pleasure, heighten sexuality and sexual arousal, bring stronger feelings of connectedness, and make one feel more alert fuels its use and abuse. People become addicted to the emotional state that is reached while high; the powerful feelings of love and intimacy, coupled with intense euphoria.
Ecstasy is Habit-Forming
Brain tolerance levels play a pivotal role in physical dependence and ongoing use of Ecstasy. The effects of the drug are due to the way the drug interacts with the brain’s ability to create and process serotonin. It increases the activity of this neurotransmitter, as well as dopamine and norepinephrine. MDMA affects many of the same symptoms in the brain targeted by other addictive drugs that take hold over health and quality of life. Chemical imbalances in the brain brought on by an Ecstasy addiction make addicts more susceptible to developing psychological problems. Even a small amount can poison the nervous system and cause irreparable damage. Problems with learning and memory have been associated with the long-term use of Ecstasy, as have liver failure, kidney damage and brain lesions.
Signs of Ecstasy Addiction
Addicts have developed an increasing tolerance and need increasing doses to achieve the same feelings. They will continue to seek out and use the illicit substance of their choice even if they acknowledge the negative consequences.
Withdrawal symptoms of Ecstasy may include:
- Blurred vision
- Intense drug cravings
- Inability to experience contentment or joy
- Involuntary teeth clenching
- Irritability and feelings of rage
- Muscle aches, pains, tension and twitches
- Problems sleeping
Treat Your Addiction with Evidence-Based Treatment
A number of treatment options are available to treat Ecstasy addiction that incorporate counseling, behavior modification and detox. You can develop healthy coping strategies for dealing with life drug-free.
Call a rep from The Gardens at Lake Worth at 844-357-3422 and take your life back. A treatment program designed specially for you will help get to the root of your addiction and increase your chances for successfully getting clean.