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Otherwise known as E, X, pills, or MDMA, ecstasy is the new “it” drug in pop culture. Teens and young adults in clubs and at concerts looking to lose their mind for a short amount of time are abusing ecstasy in record amounts, and its showing no rate of slowing down. In its purest form, ecstasy is consumed as a tablet or as a capsule of powder. Today, drug dealers are cutting ecstasy with other drugs like caffeine or meth, meaning that with ecstasy, you truly never know what you’re getting.
Ecstasy can quickly form a dependence in users. Once someone starts using it, it’s easy to feel like the only way to feel good is through MDMA. Ecstasy addiction is real, and so are the dangers associated with it. What starts as a fun way to relax and enjoy yourself can quickly turn into something much more sinister.
Abuse and Addiction: Ecstasy’s story
In science, “potential energy” relates to the possible energy something has. It can pertain to positioning relative to earth, stresses, or electric charges. When it comes to abusing drugs like ecstasy, it’s the first 45 minutes of a trip that people become addicted to. It can be even longer if you’re “stacking,” or taking multiples doses of ecstasy at once. This first part of your trip is the nervous energy – a caffeine-like high. The potential energy is released and your body falls into a trance of bravery, stupidity, sweat, and you might feel liberated. But this abuse of ecstasy can have lasting effects.
Signs and Symptoms of Ecstasy Addiction
Ecstasy gives you intense, euphoric feelings. Your body can get used to the chemical-overflow that ecstasy produces in your brain. To balance itself out, it stops producing these chemicals. Once you’ve become addicted to ecstasy, your brain might not produce these chemicals like it used to. This means you might get depressed or anxious when not tripping on ecstasy.
Short and Long-Term Ecstasy Effects
Along with a chemical-imbalance in your brain, there are a lot of short and long-term effects of ecstasy abuse. Ecstasy is incredibly damaging to your body and your mind, and some feelings of short-term ecstasy abuse are:
- Impaired judgment
- Sleep problems
- Muscle tension
- Teeth clenching
Many of these effects of ecstasy abuse happen while you’re high on the drug. It often creates awful hangovers the next day, but this is just the beginning. Long-term effects of ecstasy addiction are:
- Thought and memory problems
- Learning, sleep, and emotional problems
- Kidney failure
- Cardiovascular collapse
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Symptoms of Ecstasy Addiction and Overdose
If you know someone suffering from ecstasy overdose, call 911 immediately. The signs and symptoms of an ecstasy overdose are:
- Extreme nausea or vomiting
- Chest pain
- Abdominal cramping
- High blood pressure
- Panic attacks
- Stiff muscles
If you know someone showing the symptoms of ecstasy addiction, you should look to get them help. But what are the signs of ecstasy addiction?
- Memory problems
- Withdrawal of ecstasy
- Lots of time partying
- Weight loss
Detox and Withdrawal of Ecstasy
Many think that ecstasy addiction treatment is simply sitting in a room with a bunch of people. While that view can be correct during group therapy, it’s far from actuality. The first stage of addiction treatment is the drug detox process of ecstasy from your system. Withdrawal of ecstasy can be uncomfortable.
Withdrawal of ecstasy symptoms are:
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Rigid muscles
- Problems concentrating
You might be overwhelmed by this list of symptoms of ecstasy withdrawal. But don’t be. The staff at drug rehab treatment centers, such as Willow Springs, are experienced in treating detox of ecstasy and withdrawal of ecstasy. The medical staff will do their best to make sure you’re comfortable.
While you’re tripping on ecstasy you might feel like the world is at your fingertips. Dancing is the answer to every question and everyone in the club looks beautiful to you. You might be popping ecstasy just to sit at home. No matter how you abuse ecstasy, there is help available. Ecstasy addiction treatment can save your life.
Helping Your Loved One Realize the Signs of Ecstasy Addiction
If a loved one is exhibiting symptoms of ecstasy addiction, you are well aware of how your loved one has changed. If you can get your loved one into treatment, your role in their recovery is to:
- Furnish a drug-free environment
- Don’t judge
- Support your loved one in treatment
- Go out of your way to provide support
- Understand how long ecstasy addiction treatment can take
- Don’t enable their ecstasy abuse
Ecstasy Statistics and Facts
Ecstasy abuse in the younger population is intimidating and real. Luckily, since 2012, kids are participating in ecstasy abuse even less. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t prevalent. For example, in 2012, 7.2 percent of 12th graders used ecstasy once in their lifetime.
In 2015, 5.9 percent of students had used ecstasy, according to the 2015 Monitoring the Future study. This means more than 1 in 20 12th graders has used ecstasy in their life.
Paying for Ecstasy Drug Addiction Treatment in Texas
Ecstasy drug addiction treatment may sound scary, but it can give you your life back. Saving a life might sound expensive, but with the help of your insurance, it’s more than affordable. At Willow Springs, we accept many insurances. We also work with your insurance company to make sure you pay as little as possible.