Ecstasy Addiction Treatment
The first step in overcoming any addiction is generally detoxification of the drug from the user’s system. This is sometimes the most difficult part of recovery. After detox, treatment options for staying off the drug range from inpatient to outpatient rehabilitation and counseling. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an ecstasy addiction, get in touch with a treatment specialist for help.
Treatment Centers for Ecstasy Addiction
Because ecstasy is often abused with other drugs, treatment plans should be tailored to the individual needs of the person looking for help—that means treating each of the drugs being abused as well as addressing any underlying mental health conditions.
There are many levels of care for ecstasy addiction, which is also known as the continuum of care. In most cases, treatment seekers are advised to attend an inpatient rehab program and then attend outpatient programs including PHP, IOP, and OP. Once a patient completes the rehab program recommended to them after a substance abuse evaluation by an addiction professional, they should continue attending support groups and therapy.
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Detox from Ecstasy
Heavy ecstasy abusers may experience withdrawal symptoms when quitting. Unlike other drugs, withdrawing from ecstasy is not usually painful; it is more likely to cause psychological symptoms than physical ones. Symptoms of ecstasy withdrawal may include:
A medically monitored detox ensures any complications are managed quickly and professionally. During detox, doctors will keep a close eye on the patient’s body temperature, hydration levels, increases/decreases in heart rate, reflexes and changes in responsiveness of the pupils.
Although no medication has been approved specifically for ecstasy detox, many recovery specialists recommend antidepressants to help combat the inevitable depressive feelings that arise.
It takes about three to four days for lingering toxins from ecstasy to be cleared from the user’s system. The length and severity of detox depends on the length and frequency of use, as well as the amount and type of other drugs abused alongside ecstasy.
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Inpatient Rehabilitation for Ecstasy Addiction
Some ecstasy addictions are strong enough to warrant a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation center. These centers have high success rates as they allow the person to fully focus on their recovery without the distractions and stresses of outside life.
Inpatient rehab programs for ecstasy range from 30 days to six months or longer.
The length of time required to recover depends on the severity of the addiction and the underlying issues that contributed to it.
Many people become addicted to ecstasy as a side effect of using it to relieve sadness or pain in their lives. Treatment centers often provide cognitive behavioral therapy to help those who are struggling learn ways to cope with stress and emotional setbacks without the use of ecstasy. Find a treatment center that specializes in ecstasy addiction now.
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After rehab, it is important to establish a long-term treatment plan. Support groups and individual and group counseling can provide lasting help in overcoming an ecstasy addiction.
Social reinforcement has been proven effective in treating many kinds of addictions. A person seeking recovery will reap the benefits of healthy relationships and a strong support network.
A support group may include family, friends, a religious organization, or a group specifically designed for those in recovery.
Individuals in recovery from ecstasy use disorders experience the greatest success at maintaining sobriety when they routinely attend 12-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and others support groups like SMART Recovery. It is also important to continue therapy, especially if a co-occurring mental health disorder was a contributing factor in the addiction.
Ongoing treatment can provide accountability and emotional support to help guard against relapse. Relapse is often triggered by intense emotional events and can cause shame and disappointment for the person in recovery. However, relapse does not mean failure — it is always possible to get back on a healthy, sober path.
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