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Ecstasy Addiction Treatment

Ecstasy is the street name for a synthetic psychoactive drug called MDMA. Other common street names for the drug are X, XTC, Beans, and Adam. The drug is produced through a chemical process, instead of being harvested like other drugs of abuse such as marijuana or opium for example. Ecstasy is typically sold in a pill or capsule, which is commonly stamped or imprinted with a logo and also comes in a variety of colors. It is chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. So Ecstasy has both stimulant and some mile hallucinogenic properties as well. It is currently ranked at 18th of the most 20 abused drugs in the world, and at garners an estimated 1 million new users each year. Use of Ecstasy carries great risks, including death, of which there have been hundreds since the drug was first introduced to the illicit drug market some 20 years ago.

Despite the misconception otherwise, Ecstasy is not only dangerous to one's physical and psychological health, but it is also very addictive. Individuals who take Ecstasy can very quickly become dependent to the drug, and become involved in drug seeking behavior as a result. This drug seeking behavior can cause all sort of negative consequences to one's health and social wellbeing, and is a hallmark sign of addiction. If someone is seeking out and using Ecstasy, despite the known dangers and consequences, they are addicted, period. This can happen more easily than one would think, as the drug can take a powerful hold on one's mind and actions. This is primarily due to the chemical changes which occur in the brain and body as a result of Ecstasy use. This is the case with all drugs of abuse. Someone can think taking a few Ecstasy pills is innocent fun, but they can all too easily find themselves experiencing the desire to use more of the drug to ward off withdrawal symptoms or to alleviate the effects that are experienced when someone is coming off of the drug.

When an individual takes Ecstasy, they experience a "rush" within about 15 minutes of having taken the drug. The Ecstasy high is characterized by heightened senses of love, euphoria, general pleasure, enhanced sensory perception including touch, sound and color, etc. So this aspect of Ecstasy use is quite pleasant, and it is caused by a surge in the brain chemical serotonin. Other drugs affect other chemicals in the brain and central nervous system, and these chemicals are called neurotransmitters and are part of the body's natural reward system. An individual who is not on Ecstasy, or some other type of drug of abuse, cannot replicate these high levels of neurotransmitters in the body. The only way to feel this high is to take more of the drug. This is what leads to addiction, and why it is so easy to fall into this trap with something as assumingly innocent as Ecstasy.

The "come down" that one experiences after an Ecstasy high has worn off can be quite harsh, and individuals who take the drug often complain of the complete reverse of what they experience while high on the drug. Ecstasy users often complain of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, nausea, etc. which can all be quickly extinguished if they just take more of the drug. This is why many Ecstasy users who wish to party for hours or even days on end, will takes repeated doses of the drug to sustain their energy and feelings of pleasure. Unfortunately, this puts Ecstasy users at risk of serious health consequences and also lowers their inhibitions to a level where they will most likely binge on other drugs of abuse or become involved in risky sexual behavior, which is often the case.

It is best to not become involved in abuse of Ecstasy in the first place because of the dangers involved. However, if an individual does find themselves addicted to Ecstasy there is something they can do about it. Instead of trying to overcome Ecstasy addiction on one's own, individuals should seek Ecstasy addiction treatment to get the most effective help possible. Research has proven that the sooner someone seeks Ecstasy addiction treatment the better. The reason being, individuals can suffer permanent damage to certain areas of their brain as a result of Ecstasy use which can cause long-term damage which may not repair itself. This damage can cause long-lasting physical and psychological symptoms such as depression, memory loss, anxiety, and other psychological damage. Some studies are even linking long-term Ecstasy use to Parkinson's disease.

The best Ecstasy addiction treatment program for someone who is dependant and addicted to the drug user involves a great deal of counseling and close monitoring of the individuals emotional and psychological needs and sense of well-being. This is because individuals who are trying to get off of Ecstasy are often plagued by depression because of deficiencies in their levels of serotonin. After getting the individual detoxed and through any drug withdrawal, professional drug counselors will focus on any underlying psychological and emotional issues and get these fully addressed so they are no longer affecting the individual and causing them to use drugs. A drug rehab program is going to offer the most supportive and nurturing environment to help individuals get through this difficult part of rehabilitation and be able to live life again without use of Ecstasy.

Depending on the scope of the individual's addiction to Ecstasy, i.e. how long they have been abusing the drug and how dependent they are to it, individuals seeking Ecstasy addiction treatment can choose from both short-term and long-term Ecstasy addiction treatment programs, as well as in-patient and out-patient Ecstasy addiction treatment programs. Instead of running the risk of under-treating Ecstasy addiction, it is always best to take the needed time to recover from Ecstasy addiction. The most effective Ecstasy addiction treatment programs are the one's which allow for a 30-90 day in-patient program so that the individual can fully focus on becoming rehabilitated.