Ecstasy Substance Abuse Overview

What is Ecstasy?

Ecstasy is a synthetic drug that is also known as MDMA. It has psychoactive properties and is a stimulant. A person can take it as a capsule or a tablet, and it is often found in clubs and party scenes.

Short-Term Side-Effects of Ecstasy

  • Mental stimulation
  • Emotional warmth
  • Increased physical energy
  • Enhanced sensory perception
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle cramps
  • Clenching of the teeth

Long-Term Ecstasy Effects

  •  Confusion
  •  Depression
  •  Sleep problems
  •  Severe anxiety
  •  Cravings for the drug

Dangers of Ecstasy

Ecstasy also disrupts the body’s normal regulation of temperature. This can lead to hyperthermia and can sometimes be lethal.

Statistics

  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 2.8 million Americans aged 12 or older had abused ecstasy in 2009.
  • In 2010, a drug report issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) stated that in the prior year, 2.4 percent of eighth graders, 4.7 percent of tenth graders and 4.5 percent of twelfth graders had abused ecstasy at least once during the year.
  • Ecstasy is also addictive, and a survey by NIDA indicated that 43 percent of those who used ecstasy met the diagnostic criteria for dependency.

Ecstasy Treatment and Rehabilitation

Ecstasy abuse treatment is available for those who suffer from addiction. There are no drug treatments for addiction to ecstasy, so cognitive-behavioral therapy is commonly used to help manage the psychological effects of the drug after detoxification.

If your teen in abusing Ecstasy, Inspirations can help. At Inspirations we treat all substance abuse and addictions from alcohol abuse to molly abuse. We understand what you are going through and we care about the future of your teen. We have a gender based treatment program which includes family therapy, music and art therapy, psychotherapy, and recreational therapy. Along with the proper care from licensed, in-house therapists and a superior staff, we are confident that our teen rehab can be a step in the right direction for you and your teen.