Ecstasy is a dissociative hallucinogenic drug that has been used in very limited, controlled studies for managing some mental health symptoms. Medical use has mostly been discontinued, though the drug continues to be popular with about 5% of the population. Originally most popular among teens, it is now more commonly abused by men between 18 and 25. The fact that ecstasy is readily available at music festivals and concerts and has a reputation for being benign makes it dangerous. There are serious risks to ecstasy abuse and addiction; if you or a loved one is struggling with this drug, seeking a substance abuse treatment program can help.
Apex Recovery offers ecstasy addiction treatment in Nashville, provided by knowledgeable, experienced professionals. To learn more about our ecstasy rehab program, reach out by calling 615.703.4639 or contacting us online.
What Is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is one of the colloquial names for MDMA, the acronym for methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It contains two kinds of psychoactive ingredients: amphetamine, which is a stimulant, and a hallucinogen. This synthetic drug also goes by names such as:
All forms of MDMA contain contaminants that can change the drug’s interactions in the body and make it riskier.
How MDMA Works in the Brain
MDMA is a synthetic drug that works as a stimulant, hallucinogen, and entactogen.
- Stimulants increase feelings of being energized, focused, and wakeful.
- Hallucinogens create visual and auditory distortions, interfere with time awareness, and amplify the positive effects of sensory input.
- Entactogens enhance self-awareness and empathy.
Like other euphoric drugs, MDMA boosts brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, namely serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
These chemicals are produced in the body and help regulate mood, sleep, social behavior, appetite, and sexual desire. They can make you feel optimistic, social, happy, and energized. People experiencing these things rarely wonder about the risks involved.
Dangers of MDMA
Despite the highly pleasurable sensations and emotions sparked by MDMA use, the effects fade quickly. When that happens, people tend to choose higher doses and concentrations of the drug to make their high last and to continue experiencing it at peak levels. This ramped-up use can cause real problems, requiring a professional ecstasy rehab program.
In the short term, you can experience:
- High blood pressure
- Blurred vision
Of the above, the greatest danger of MDMA abuse comes from the raised body temperature (hyperthermia). Heatstroke can follow, as the body cannot regulate its temperature and thus become dangerously elevated to the point of damaging internal organs or causing system shut-down. Another risk is severe dehydration caused by the rise in body temperature, increased physical activity, and a lack of thirst awareness.
Long-Term Effects of MDMA
There are also long-term effects of MDMA abuse that require MDMA addiction treatment:
- Memory gaps
- Loss of sex drive or inability to experience sexual pleasure
- Loss of appetite
Symptoms can be worse and unexpected when there are contaminants in the drug.
Ecstasy Addiction Treatment at Apex Recovery Nashville
MDMA addiction treatment at Apex Recovery Nashville offers evidence-based therapies such as:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)
Behavioral therapies are considered particularly effective in the treatment of ecstasy abuse and can be incorporated into individual, group, and family therapy treatment plans.
We also offer holistic treatments such as acupuncture, massage, hypnosis, and meditation therapies that are also beneficial on the road to recovery.
Get Started at Apex Recovery Nashville
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