MDMA or Ecstasy, is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic properties. Ecstasy is often thought of as a “recreational drug” but there are many real dangers associated with ecstasy use, including the possibility of overdose and death. Effects of using Ecstasy can include involuntary teeth clenching, a loss of inhibitions, nausea, blurred vision, chills and/or sweating. Increases in heart rate and blood pressure, as well as seizures.
Many people also report muscle aches, headaches, feeling dizzy, being dehydrated, and feelings of nausea. Furthermore, regular ecstasy use can actually inhibit the body’s ability to produce further serotonin.
Long-Term Effects of Ecstasy Use
Some of the known long-term effects of regular ecstasy use include:
- Brain damage
- Increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases
- Increased risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis for those who inject ecstasy
- Liver damage
- Panic attacks
- Delusional thinking
- Dependence on other drugs to combat the effects of ecstasy
Some people will never get around to experiencing the long-term effects of ecstasy use because they will die from overdosing on the drug. A fatal overdose can occur the first time a person uses ecstasy or the hundredth; all it takes is one bad pill to kill an otherwise healthy person. If someone you love abuses ecstasy, know the signs of an ecstasy overdose and seek help immediately if you believe one has occurred. Signs to be aware of include:
- Increased temperature
- Increased blood pressure
- Dizzy spells
- Heart palpitations
- Cardiac arrest
- Severe dehydration
- Kidney failure
These types of symptoms require immediate medical attention and should never be ignored.
Residential Inpatient Treatment for Ecstasy Misuse
A residential inpatient treatment facility is a home-like setting where patients live together and support each other through the recovery process. By choosing a residential inpatient facility for treatment, the patient immediately becomes free of any negative influences that may be detrimental to recovery.
Depending on the facility, patients will have access to a wide range of methods and practices for their recovery. Some of these methods might include:
- Evidence-based therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy
- Holistic and complementary methods, including spiritual counseling, music or art therapy, or therapeutic massage or acupuncture
- Support groups both formal and informal
- Nutritional counseling
- Family counseling and therapy
An individual suffering from ecstasy misuse and addiction can reclaim their life. Contact Futures Recovery Healthcare today to learn about our treatment programs.