Ecstasy is often thought of as a “recreational drug,” due in large part to the fact that it’s widely used at parties and gatherings, especially among young people. While ecstasy might seem enticing and even fun at first, there is really nothing pleasant about it. Any so-called positive effects associated with ecstasy, such as feelings of euphoria and emotional closeness and openness, are short-lived. As anyone who has ever tried ecstasy can attest, coming down off the drug is not an enjoyable experience at all. Plus, there are many dangers associated with ecstasy use, including the possibility of overdose and death.
After the ‘Fun’ Ends
No matter how much fun a person may have while using ecstasy, the drug will eventually start to wear off. Understanding what occurs when a person “comes down” from ecstasy requires understanding what happens when a person is using ecstasy. The drug causes the brain to flood with serotonin, which is what produces many of the positive feelings. As the serotonin that was so abundant before is depleted, most users experience extreme feelings of depression, fatigue and irritability. These symptoms don’t last for just a few minutes either; they can go on for hours or even extend into the days after ecstasy use.
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, so those awful “coming down” feelings could someday be permanent if the user doesn’t stop using ecstasy.
Long-Term Effects of Ecstasy Use
Many people are able to forget about the pains and difficulties of “coming down” and choose to use ecstasy time and time again, despite these negative effects. There are worse things about ecstasy use than just the discomfort of coming down. Some of the known long-term effects of regular ecstasy abuse 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. Ignoring these symptoms or getting help could make all the difference between life and death.
Residential Inpatient Treatment for Ecstasy Addiction
A residential inpatient treatment facility for drug addiction is a home-like setting where patients live together and support each other through the recovery process. By choosing a residential inpatient facility for drug addiction 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 the treatment of addiction. 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 abuse and addiction can reclaim their life. All it takes is an effective treatment program and the help of professional counselors and staff who have the experience and expertise to help them find their way. Contact Futures Recovery Healthcare today to learn about our addiction treatment programs.