Ecstasy (MDMA) is a synthetic drug that can cause elicit feelings of pleasure and is unique in that it has both hallucinogenic and stimulant effects. It is an illegal drug that comes in pill, tablet or capsule form and is known by various names, including: Molly, E, X, XTC, Beans and Adam. Furthermore, ecstasy alters brain chemistry, which can lead to cravings and addictions.
In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found more than 17 million persons ages 12 or older reported using MDMA at least once in their lifetimes. In addition, 92% of those who began using ecstasy would later turn to other drugs including marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and heroin. Ecstasy is primarily abused by teens and young adults because it is inexpensive and easy to obtain.
However, a major challenge for those struggling with ecstasy addiction is a lack of meaning in life, which ultimately leads to a variety of health issues and recovery concerns.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers we offer individualized treatment programs for addiction recovery. In addition, we know and understand the science of chemical dependency with its associated neurological changes and its impact upon the pleasure system, emotions, learning, memory, motivation, and most importantly, the ability to exercise choice. We know and understand the biological and psychological science that support treatments in trauma, emotional disorders, and other mental health concerns.
In short, we work towards a greater sense of meaning that has been positively associated with the capacity to overcome difficulties in life and an ability to increase mental and physical welfare.
Below is information relating to ecstasy addiction and our treatment programs.
Ecstasy addiction is when a person develops dependence on the drug and experiences major withdrawal when they stop taking the drug. Because ecstasy creates a flood of serotonin in the brain, the user feels an extreme high and when the effects fade, the brain wants more. After the drug wears off, your serotonin levels are depleted and the user experiences a “crash” that can last for hours or even days. Any use of ecstasy is considered abuse because it is illegal. In addition, it is possible to develop a tolerance to ecstasy, which creates addictive behavior.
Those suffering from ecstasy addiction will show short-term and long-term signs and symptoms.
Short-term ecstasy signs and symptoms include:
Long-term ecstasy signs and symptoms include:
The severity will depend on the person and how much tolerance and dependence they’ve developed with ecstasy.
Ecstasy addiction deals with alterations of brain chemistry and is not easily solved by willpower and stopping the pill intake. Treatment options include medication management, inpatient/residential care, group and individual counseling, and 12 Step Programs.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers, we offer addiction recovery services and specifically treat those suffering from ecstasy addiction. Our services include Residential Treatment, PHP Day program, Intensive Outpatient program and general outpatient program. Click on each service to learn more about what they entail and how they can help you on a path towards recovery.
In addition, the staff at the Phoenix Recovery Center is passionate about total behavioral health in overcoming addiction. They deeply care about each person who they work with. Often our alumni comment on the profound impact of our staff members in encouraging them on their path to living a fulfilling life. Those who come to The Phoenix Recovery Center can realize a rebirth of their own dreams as they achieve their own sobriety and much, much more. And that makes all the difference.
The Phoenix Difference constitutes a carefully tailored program and recovery experience defined by research. Every effort is directed at supporting outcomes that prepare patients and their families with both the knowledge and applied behaviors to manage mental health disorders and to reclaim a meaningful life.
Furthermore, the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers are driven by the guiding mission statement: “Empowering individuals and families suffering from addiction and mental health disorders, to celebrate life through lasting solutions.” We accomplish the therapeutic and healing experience through a continuum of care that begins with Residential Treatment and traverses across a Day Program, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), to General Outpatient (GOP). Lastly, the continuum of care culminates in a weekly Alumni Support Meeting, which provides a recovery support community to sustain the recovery capital of The Phoenix Alumni.