Ecstasy Addiction Treatment
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Ecstasy has since made a comeback as a club, concert or rave drug. An estimated 12.4 million people have tried ecstasy. Approximately 92 percent turned to other drugs after trying ecstasy, making it a powerful gateway drug that can lead to further drug experimentation, use, and abuse. Whether you call it ecstasy, molly, or MMDA, it’s a dangerous, addictive drug.
Molly addiction treatment in Florida is available at JourneyPure Emerald Coast. If you’re using ecstasy, or you need help with any other drug or alcohol addiction, contact JourneyPure Emerald Coast today.
The History of Ecstasy
Ecstasy was first synthesized in Germany in the early 1900s. Researchers were looking for new pharmaceutical compounds to make other drugs from and created the first MMDA.
In the 1970s, psychiatrists began experimenting with ecstasy as a therapeutic drug even though it wasn’t approved by the FDA for use. Although tests in the 1980s showed some initial promise, the long-term effects of ecstasy use studied in monkeys proved to be too dangerous to make it a useful pharmaceutical drug. It was eventually banned for therapeutic use by the FDA in 1985.
Ecstasy supposedly heightens the senses. It’s nicknamed “the love pill” because it can heighten the sense of touch during sex. But it also causes hallucinations, which can lead people to react to things that aren’t there, hurting themselves or others in the process.
One of the most dangerous effects of taking ecstasy is how it shuts off your body’s natural warning systems. We’re all born with a natural protective mechanism that keeps us from doing things to hurt ourselves. This is why we back away from heights or pull away from a hot surface. Ecstasy shuts these systems down when it changes perception. People don’t know that standing on a ledge is dangerous, or they can’t perceive that fire hurts. They can hurt themselves badly during an ecstasy event.
Ecstasy also shuts down your natural feelings of thirst, heat and other sensations. People at raves or concerts can become dehydrated or exhausted dancing while on ecstasy, because they don’t feel thirsty and don’t drink water.
When used short term or occasionally, ecstasy still does a lot of damage. It hurts serotonin receptors in the brain, which can lead to depression and anxiety. Other short-term effects can include clenched muscles, teeth clenching, blurred vision, chills, nausea and sleeping problems.
Ecstasy can also cause a lot of long-term problems. People who are heavy ecstasy users can damage the brain. It’s as if the brain is a switchboard that’s torn apart and then put back together backwards. Picture your brain’s nerve endings so fried they can’t recover.
Other long-term effects include depression, psychosis, extreme anxiety, kidney and cardiovascular problems. People have died from ecstasy overdoses.
If you think you’re not in danger because you’re careful with your ecstasy use, you’re fooling yourself. You can’t be sure that every dose of ecstasy is equal. Some dealers adulterate or add other substances to the product, making it stronger or even more lethal. One wrong guess could land you in the emergency room.
Less than 10 percent of the ecstasy pills on the market in 1995 were pure ecstasy. Today, that number is even less as other toxic substances are added to the pills to make them stronger.
Signs of Ecstasy Addiction
Signs of an ecstasy addiction include:
Ecstasy users report feeling the effects of MDMA within 45 minutes of taking the drug and “peaking” in less than two hours. For most users, the drug’s psychoactive qualities diminish after four or five hours, leaving them feeling tired, burned-out and depressed.
Why a Molly Addiction Demands Professional Help
Ecstasy, also known as molly or MDMA, targets neurochemical processes in the brain the same way that addictive drugs affect the brain. Like heroin and methamphetamine addictions, an ecstasy addiction will eventually cause adverse physical and mental health issues that may cause negative life changes or irreversible conditions.
Consistently clenching the teeth can wear down tooth enamel and promote tooth loss. Intense paranoia and aggression may provoke molly addicts who cannot access the drug to commit criminal or violent acts. Feelings of severe depression may lead to suicide ideation or actual suicide attempts. Finally, the ability of MDMA to interfere with healthy metabolism may seriously damage the liver, kidneys and heart.
A molly addiction requires professional intervention and treatment methods similar to protocols used to treat an alcohol or street drug addiction. Detoxification may be necessary if the person is a long-time abuser of ecstasy, combined with round-the-clock monitoring by medical doctors and psychiatrists. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and potentially dangerous to the health of a molly addict, specifically impacting the cardiovascular, respiratory and central nervous system.
In addition to providing detoxifying clients with sedatives and applicable medications to relieve anxiety, agitation and flu-like symptoms, our ecstasy addiction treatment center will also offer psychotherapy to help “club drug” abusers cope with ongoing psychological issues that may be causing them to use the drug and to enter the “rave” scene.
Although no specific treatment methods exist to address an addiction to ecstasy, research indicates that people seem to benefit from motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Both therapies are designed to modify the way clients think about the world, themselves and why they feel the way they do. In addition, counselors working at JourneyPure Emerald Coast will also provide psychoeducation involving coping skills, relaxation techniques to help avoid relapse and information about where to find support groups.
JourneyPure Emerald Coast offers individualized treatment programs designed to address an addiction to ecstasy with medically supervised detoxification, implementation of psychotherapeutic techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, experiential therapies and group counseling with other clients who are undergoing molly addiction recovery.
Addicted to Molly? Start Getting Molly Addiction Treatment in Florida Today
For molly addiction treatment in Florida, contact JourneyPure Emerald Coast. We have experience helping people recover from the damage done by ecstasy and other drugs.
JourneyPure Emerald Coast provides comprehensive ecstasy addiction treatment that’s tailored to the individual needs of each client. When you decide to get treatment for ecstasy addiction with us, you or your loved one will receive a warm welcome from our qualified and experienced staff members. We take time during assessment and diagnosis so we can design the recovery approach that’s right for each client.
The benefits of getting treatment for ecstasy addiction with JourneyPure Emerald Coast include:
- Medically assisted detox. Withdrawing from ecstasy abuse isn’t easy. Many who try to quit by themselves wind up relapsing because the symptoms are so uncomfortable. Avoid the hazards of relapse with medically assisted detox, which eases the journey into recovery. You or your loved one will feel less overwhelmed and more relaxed in detox.
- Treatment for trauma or dual diagnosis. If you or your loved one show signs of trauma, or preexisting depression or anxiety, we can help. Trauma and mental health disorders such as PTSD, bipolar, ADD/ADHD, depression and anxiety are treatable with safe and legal remedies.
- The latest treatment techniques. Evidence-based treatment represents many of the most promising advancements in addiction medicine. At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, you or your loved one will recover with help from treatments and therapies that set the standard for high-quality care.
- 12 Step and alternative counseling. Create a new design for living through the 12 Steps or alternative counseling, where clients dig deep to discover the purpose of their lives. You’ll have access to a 12 Step program and alternative counseling with JourneyPure Emerald Coast.
- Aftercare. You or your loved one will partner with a recovery coach who will give you a helping hand as you proceed through recovery. You’ll also take advantage of Recovery Coach, the proprietary software used only by JourneyPure Emerald Coast.
Get Treatment for Ecstasy in Florida at JourneyPure Emerald Coast
Our Panama City Beach, Florida facility offers plenty of help for you if you’re ready to get off of ecstasy. Individual and group counseling are available for ecstasy addiction treatment, along with 12-step group support. Our licensed therapists and addiction counselors understand what you’re going through and will help you build a solid foundation for your recovery.
If you’re ready to get help for your molly or ecstasy addiction, call us today at (800) 493-5253