Ecstasy is categorised as a psychoactive amphetamine and consumption leads to a euphoric high. Each time ecstasy is consumed more of the drug is required to achieve the same effect. User builds up a tolerance to the drug. Addiction to ecstasy is psychological in nature. The addiction is unlike addiction to alcohol and heroin where addiction is physical in nature.
MDMA is the active addictive agent in ecstasy. Once MDMA is digested it makes its way to the brain. MDMA forces the brain to release neurotransmitters known as Norepinephrine and Serotonin. These chemicals cause the ecstasy ‘high’. In subsequent days following ecstasy consumption the brain is depleted of essential chemicals leading to the ecstasy ‘come down’. Prolonged ecstasy use permanently damages the brain’s ability to synthesise Norepinephrine and Serotonin as clinical studies illustrate when carrying out tests on mice and rats.
Rehabilitation for ecstasy addiction is best treated in residential settings. Patients temporarily live within the confines of the rehabilitation centre. Patients take part in initial ecstasy detoxification and subsequent therapy and counselling sessions. Patients are physically removed from bad influences known as ‘addiction triggers’. This includes certain places and people and the drug itself.
The first step to ecstasy addiction recovery is detoxification. The drug is purged from the body. Nutritious meals are supplied along with supplements of vitamins and minerals. Unlike other drugs such as alcohol and heroin, withdrawal symptoms associated with ecstasy detoxification do not tend to be painful or life threatening.
Symptoms do however take on a more psychological nature. Psychological withdrawal symptoms are played out in a 24 hour a day medically supervised environment.
Typical withdrawal symptoms associated with ecstasy detoxification include:
During ecstasy detoxification you may be offered prescription drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms. Medication includes anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications.
Detoxification for ecstasy takes around three days. This compares favourable to alcohol or heroin detoxification which lasts for up to fifteen days. Once detoxification is complete you are subject to a number of therapy and counselling sessions. Sessions aim to educate you on the destruction ecstasy consumption has on your health, career and family life. Old negative belief systems are replaced with effective coping strategies essential for long term recovery.
If you are ready to enter residential treatment for your ecstasy addiction then give Rehab 4 Addiction a call today. Ecstasy addiction treatment could save your life and the cost of the treatment is usually miniscule in comparison to the cost associated with the continuation of addiction. Call today on 0800 140 4690 or complete the enquiry form.