Ecstasy and Your Health: Need Help Getting Clean from Ecstasy Addiction?
If you’re into the rave or electronica/house music scenes, it’s not hard to come across ecstasy. Also known as X, and officially called MDMA, ecstasy is a stimulant drug that causes a “rush” followed by a euphoric serenity and a feeling of existing outside of time. The booming, repetitive nature of the music combines with neon lights and glow sticks to create an all-encompassing musical drug experience. And the best part, your friends will tell you, is that it’s a “good drug”—many people believe that using ecstasy can’t damage your body and isn’t addictive. Unfortunately, they’re very wrong on both counts. Ecstasy addiction is real, and it can have serious long-term effects on your health.
As anyone who has used it knows, ecstasy can dehydrate you. That’s why it’s very important to drink water constantly while using ecstasy. Not drinking enough can cause you to overheat—but losing track and drinking too much can cause a condition called dilutional hyponatremia, which can cause your brain to swell and send you into a coma. And “coming down” after an ecstasy high can make you irritable and nauseated. But it’s also possible to overdose on ecstasy, which can be deadly. Overdose symptoms include a very high fever, high blood pressure, racing heartbeat, and hallucinations. (If you or someone you’re with experiences these symptoms, call 911 right away.) Long-term use of ecstasy has also been shown to have negative effects on brain cognition.
Ecstasy can be very addictive. Although not everyone who uses ecstasy becomes addicted, studies have found that approximately 43 percent of users become dependent on ecstasy. This means that they are physically addicted, a condition where the ecstasy addict’s body needs the drug just to function. If you are physically addicted to ecstasy, you should not try to quit “cold turkey” without help—not only will it be very hard to do, but you could suffer severe side effects and put yourself into medical danger.
If you’re ready to quit using ecstasy, it’s important to get professional help. The best way to do this is by starting ecstasy rehab at a respectable, licensed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility like Archstone Recovery Center of the Palm Beaches in beautiful Lantana, Florida (FL). With residential, outpatient, transitional care and extended care options, Archstone Recovery has programs that work for every ecstasy addict. Archstone Recovery treats ecstasy addicts from New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ), Washington, DC, Philadelphia (PA), Baltimore (MD), New England, and all over the United States—our state-of-the-art facility is convenient to Palm Beach International Airport, so it’s easy to get here and get the help you need. With our caring clinicians and therapists and our proven twelve-step approach, and with an attitude that always respects you as a human being, Archstone Recovery can help you get your life back and get clean from ecstasy. For more information on ecstasy rehab programs, contact Archstone Recovery today.