Ecstasy, E, Molly, MDMA

Ecstasy Drug Treatment

Ecstasy is a synthetic drug and is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens. It gives an increased sense of confidence, energy, feelings of wellbeing, feelings of closeness to others, empathy and heightened senses.

Signs and Symptoms

Spotting the signs of ecstasy misuse is often disguised by the use of other substances which alters the symptoms. Most common signs include:

> Unusual levels of energy
> Abnormally friendly
> Tight clenched jaw
> Dilated pupils

Long-term effects of ecstasy abuse may lead to compulsive behaviours and neglect of important responsibilities.

Methods of Use

> Orally
> Anally
> Snorted
> Smoked

Adverse Effects

> Lowered inhibitions
> Anxiety
> Paranoia
> Psychosis
> Difficulty concentrating
> Poor muscle control
> Muscle aches
> Increased blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate
> Nausea and vomiting
> Loss of appetite
> Sweating
> Skin tingling
> Jaw clenching
> Teeth grinding
> Convulsions
> Physical exhaustion
> Insomnia
> Haemorrhaging

Overdose Potential

Ecstasy is usually combined with other substances, increasing the risk of overdose. It can cause an increase in body temperature that can lead to cardiovascular and kidney failure when taken in high doses.

Withdrawal

Physical effects of withdrawal from ecstasy are typically mild but can cause more serious psychological withdrawal.

> Fatigue
> Depression and anxiety
> Irritability
> Attention and memory issues
> Mood swings
> Loss of appetite
> Depersonalization
> Psychosis

Treatment

> Self-help organizations – Talking with others who also have a disorder have been proven to be very effective.
> Therapy – Behaviour therapy or cognitive behaviour therapy is a proven evidence based therapy teaching skills to reduce the urges. Find a licensed practitioner.

 

Why choose Wellvale Recovery Centre?

We are a treatment centre specialising in the treatment of addictive disorders. Our individualised approach to treating addiction is based on international standards and includes the many proven modalities in the treatment of addiction.

​Key focus areas for an effective treatment programme:

> Family involvement – family participation in the treatment of any addiction is crucial for the long term recovery of their loved one.
> Individualised treatment – underlying issues prolonging any addiction is based on the individual and therefore individual treatment plans are an important component to effective treatment of addiction by a qualified professional counsellor.
> 12 step programme – Twelve step programmes have proven highly effective in the treatment of addiction and starts forming the solid foundation in early recovery. It is also used as the platform to the introduction of self-help organisations, forming part of the aftercare.
> Aftercare – Stopping the addiction of the physical substance is only the foundation phase in the treatment of addiction. A carefully drawn up aftercare plan is crucial to sustain long-term recovery.

Sources

https://www.addictioncenter.com/drugs/ecstasy/symptoms-signs; https://drugabuse.com/ecstasy/effects-use; https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/ecstasy-mdma-addiction/side-effects/#gref; https://www.addictioncenter.com/drugs/ecstasy/withdrawal-detox; https://americanaddictioncenters.org/ecstasy-abuse/withdrawal-symptoms; https://www.mentalhelp.net/substance-abuse/ecstasy/overdose;