Ecstasy, also referred to as MDMA, E, X, and the Love Drug, has been a very popular drug for many years, especially for college students. A lot of users talk about Ecstasy as a fun and harmless drug because originally it was a very pure substance. But according to the Drug Free World Foundation, by 1995 less than 10% of Ecstasy pills were pure MDMA.
The first challenge that all addicts must face to overcome an ecstasy abuse problem is admitting that they need help. Often, addicts deny that they have an addiction, which can lead to an overdose or even death. If you or a loved one has a problem with ecstasy abuse, there are common warning signs of ecstasy use that can be recognized. If any of the following warning signs of ecstasy abuse sound like you, then you may want to consider treatment:
The Raleigh House is not a standard rehabilitation center. We aim to create a comfortable environment to give our ecstasy addiction treatment clients a sense of “home sweet home”. We offer many amenities that you cannot find at other treatment centers. We provide a high staff-to-client ratio where clients receive greater care, attention and frequent therapy sessions. Clients are assigned a treatment team during the assessment process that consists of clinical, psychiatry and nursing staff. The team will offer support, reassurance and safety along the way.
It is normal to experience symptoms from the discontinued use of Ecstasy. This is caused by the depletion of serotonin levels overtime. It may take an extended period of time to fully recover from the effects of Ecstasy use. Some clients may experience difficulty sleeping, delusions, anxiety, or even depersonalization. If you begin experiencing these symptoms in treatment, your clinical team will help you deal with these symptoms to make sure you feel safe and comfortable.
In order to recover from Ecstasy abuse, the healing starts with building a strong, supportive relationship with your master’s level therapist and clinical team. Group and individual sessions focus on rebuilding the aspects of life that ecstasy addiction has damaged such as mental health, physical health and relationships. These sessions are places to begin making behavioral changes and learn new, healthy coping skills. Groups are held daily and individual sessions are determined between the client and their primary therapist.
Ecstasy abuse can result in physical and mental ramifications when used heavily. Some recovering addicts may notice severe depression, high blood pressure, memory impairment and nerve damage. Starting with a consistent and healthy diet will improve functioning both physically and mentally. Supplementing the body with vitamins it has lacked can also reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. The Raleigh House focuses on proper nutrition to help new clients find balance and help protect their nervous system to avoid any potential nerve damage resulting from serotonin overdose.
Endorphins are a chemical response to pain and stress to alleviate anxiety and depression. The release of endorphins can be achieved through physical activity. At The Raleigh House we encourage regular exercise to help regulate the symptoms that are related to physical and mental health.
It can be intimidating returning to the real world as a newly recovering addict. For most, drug use was their life. Recovering from an addiction requires a complete lifestyle change. At The Raleigh House, clients will learn new and healthier methods for dealing with stress and boredom through recreational activities. These activities will provide the opportunity to gain new interests and hobbies. We have a variety of events that cater to different interests including sports, arts and culture.
If you or a loved one are suffering from ecstasy addiction, you aren’t alone. But The Raleigh House can help. Call us today at 720-891-4657 or contact us online to learn how our ecstasy addiction treatment programs in Colorado can help you or someone you love get better.