Ecstasy, which is clinically known by the acronym MDMA, is a psychoactive amphetamine that affects the central nervous system, and which acts as both a hallucinogen and stimulant. The drug often comes in the form of pills, caplets, or tablets, and these are often designed to look like candy. The pills are also often decorated with cartoon characters or other images, making ecstasy abuse seem less serious than it is, and possibly making people less likely to seek ecstasy treatment.

It’s often thought of as the drug of choice for dance parties and raves, but ecstasy is also making its way to campuses, house parties, and other social settings. Because of its ability to diminish fear and inhibitions, bring out positive social behavior, and its long-lasting high, ecstasy was actually first developed for its possible psychotherapeutic applications in the 1970s. Today, however, the negative physical and psychological side effects of the drug have been better documented, and many users do find it necessary to seek treatment for ecstasy addiction.

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Effects of Ecstasy Use

When taken, ecstasy stimulates the areas of the brain that are responsible for feelings of love, trust, and pleasure, and areas that regulate functions such as hunger and sleep. Ecstasy is a popular drug among people of all age groups and from all walks of life because of its pro-social effects, including its ability to:

  • Diminish anxiety, depression, and anger
  • Produce feelings of affection, connection, and intimacy
  • Improve the mood
  • Produce feelings of euphoria
  • Heighten sexual arousal and pleasure from physical intimacy and touch
  • Increase energy and alertness

Negative Effects of Ecstasy Abuse

However, for every positive effect that users experience when taking ecstasy, there is also a myriad of negative side effects that impact people mentally, physiologically, and physically. These include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Faintness
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Aches and pains

On top of these basic physical and mental effects, ecstasy use can lead to over-exertion and an increased body temperature, which can cause organ complication and damage, particularly in the liver, kidneys, and brain.

Furthermore, ecstasy use has been linked to a depletion of the neurotransmitter serotonin, leading to:

  • An inability to experience the same levels of happiness
  • Depression and confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Feelings of intense worry
  • Cravings for the drug
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While the brain can recover from this serotonin depletion, it does take time, and it’s often best for people detoxing from ecstasy to do so in the safety of a rehab facility like Beachway, which specializes in ecstasy treatment, and where staff understand the medical and psychological needs of a person who needs treatment for ecstasy use and abuse.

Why is Ecstasy Such a Dangerous Drug?


taking steps to ecstasy rehabAlong with the negative impact the drug has on the brain and body, ecstasy is a dangerous drug for several reasons, including issues with drug purity. More than 90 percent of the ecstasy on the market isn’t pure, meaning that most of the pills available are mixed with other drugs, chemicals, and toxic substances, such as rat poison.

Also, since the drug is manufactured illegally, there are no quality assurance measures in place to ensure that each pill contains the same dose, so there’s no way for users to know exactly what they’re getting. And since people often take more than one dose per session without knowing how much they’re taking, there is usually a risk of overdosing on ecstasy.
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Another unforeseen danger of ecstasy use is that it often leads people to take harder drugs that are even more detrimental and addictive. When coming off an ecstasy high, people often experience feelings of mental and physical pain, and to mitigate these effects and keep the original high from wearing off, they will turn to drugs like heroin and cocaine. In fact, over 90 percent of ecstasy users also abuse harder drugs, which is another reason that ecstasy rehab is such an important part of the recovery process.

Finally, because ecstasy affects the areas of the brain regulating certain bodily functions, people on the drug tend to lose their appetite, sleep less, and drink less water, and this can result in severe dehydration, exhaustion, cardiac arrest, and even death. So while ecstasy may seem to be the fun drug that people take recreationally when they want to dance all night, ecstasy abuse is a serious problem that can have lasting negative side effects. However, ecstasy treatment at Beachway can help you overcome the pain and depression that follow coming off the drug, and can help you face the difficult time ahead.

Ecstasy: Addiction versus Abuse

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While ecstasy may not be as addictive as some other drugs, it does still meet the criteria for being dependence-forming, and there is a high risk of abuse among users. Moreover, the human body does build a tolerance to ecstasy, meaning users must increase their dosage to experience the same effects. This diminished response is correlated with dependence and an increased risk of negative side effects. Ecstasy rehab centers are also aware that many ecstasy users experience withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Trouble concentrating and focusing
  • Fatigue
  • Appetite loss
  • Depression

Studies show that peer-led prevention programs often have the most success preventing ecstasy abuse, but for people who have already formed a habit, an ecstasy treatment facility can help you through this dark period, and show you the road to getting your life back on track.

Treatments For Ecstasy Abuse

Beachway’s treatment options for ecstasy start with detox and withdrawal, and after that comes individual counseling, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, and art and music therapy, all of which are designed to:

  • Promote abstinence from drug use
  • Provide support in a safe and clean environment
  • Improve mood and treat drug and mental health issues
  • Address the causes of addiction
  • Teach stress management and coping skills
  • Change drug-related thinking patterns and behaviors
  • Help your family come to terms with your addiction and past behavior

Leaving inpatient treatment can be a difficult time for recovering addicts, because returning to a regular life with work, school, and relationships can cause stress and pressure that possibly trigger a relapse. That’s why once you’ve completed your ecstasy treatment at Beachway’s beautiful and resort-like facility, we offer aftercare that’s designed to prevent relapses, promote lifelong recovery, and provide ongoing support as you transition back into society and into your new, sober life.

Getting Treatment for Ecstasy Abuse

Beachway ecstasy treatment and other rehab and detox programs have industry-leading success rates because we have the knowledge and experience needed to get you clean, treat your addiction, and give you the tools required to maintain long-term sobriety. We provide treatment in a beautiful and safe setting, provide clients access to spa services, and can even provide faith-based treatment to those who desire it.

And thanks to our trained staff and low client-to-therapist ratio, we are able to treat dual diagnosis cases and co-occurring mental disorders. If you or a loved one is struggling with ecstasy abuse, call Beachway today 877-284-0353 to speak with one of our addiction experts.

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