Ecstasy is a psychoactive amphetamine, the consumption of which leads to a euphoric high. Each time ecstasy is consumed, more of the drug is needed to deliver the same effect. The user builds up a tolerance to the drug, addiction ecstasy is psychological in nature. The addiction is different from those to substances like alcohol, cocaine or heroin where there is a physical dependency rather than a purely psychological one.
The active agent in Ecstasy is MDMA, once this is digested it makes it’s way to the brain. MDMA forces the brain to release neurotransmitters known as norepinephrine and serotonin. This causes ecstasy’s high. In the days following, the brain is depleted of essential chemicals, which leads to ecstasy’s infamous come-down.
Prolonged ecstasy use can permanently damage the brain’s ability to synthesis norepinephrine and serotonin as clinical studies have identified when carrying out tests on lab animals. What this means is it can lead to a reliance on more and more of the drug to start to feel the high, happy and finally, normal.
Residential treatment for ecstasy addiction.
Rehabilitation for ecstasy addiction is most ideally treated in a residential drug rehab setting. Patience will temporarily live within the confines of the rehab centre. Patients take part in initial ecstasy detoxification and subsequent therapy and counselling treatment.
Rehab is great because it means that the beginning of our recovery can take place away from any risk of taking the substance, or exposure and interaction with potential ‘bad influences’.
Patients will initially participate in a detoxification clinic, to begin with, before progressing onto rehabilitation, where the psychological aspects of the addiction will be addressed. This may include a past of trauma, challenging negative beliefs, and reprogramming your brain to detail with difficult situations.
Ecstasy Withdrawal Symptoms
Typical withdrawal symptoms associated with detoxification include
How the detoxification works
During the detox, you could be offered recognised prescription drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms. Medication includes anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications.
Detoxification for ecstasy takes around three days, this compares rather favourably to alcohol or heroin detox which can last up to 15 days. Once detox is complete you are subject to counselling and therapy. These sessions will not only educate you on the effects of ecstasy on your health as well as personal and family life. As well as giving you the needed tools in order to stay off drugs and find the reason you fell victim to these habits in the first place. This holistic method will serve to give you a comprehensive recovery system and set of skills to maintain and enjoy a sober life.
While many may not recognise ecstasy as a real risk of long term usage, for some people it can be habit-forming and seriously detriment your quality of life without proper care and treatment.
Get in touch with the Recovery trust team today, so we can determine the best plan of treatment for you. We are the UK’s leading non-profit residential rehab alliance.