Teen Treatment for MDMA and Ecstasy Addiction
During the rebellious years of young adulthood, many teens find partying to be a daring, dangerous way to blow off steam and try something perceived to be fun and exciting. While a little curiosity is natural, developing a drug habit is not. Unfortunately, for many teens eager to try clubbing or attending raves, ecstasy often goes hand in hand with this urge to push boundaries.
Ecstasy, known as MDMA in its purest form, is a popular choice for teens. Less addictive than harder drugs like cocaine and heroin and much easier to obtain, it’s not surprising that nearly 5% of 12th graders and up to 10% of teens overall will try ecstasy at least once.
If you fear your teen is using MDMA, it’s time to seek help. Despite the casual usage common in the rave and music scenes, ecstasy has the potential to be extremely damaging, causing long-term health effects that can delay your teen’s progress in life. With help from Teen Treatment Center, however, you can help you teen get the help necessary to fully recovery.
What does MDMA or Ecstasy look like? Often they appear as colorful pills with shapes stamped into them.
What Is Ecstasy?
MDMA, the pure form of the drug most commonly known as ecstasy, stands for 3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, a synthetic structure that is similar to both stimulants and psychedelics in form and function. It is a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning that the U.S. government has determined that MDMA has no therapeutic benefits and poses a high risk of addiction. It is an illegal substance in the United States and cannot be procured through any legitimate means. Most ecstasy is purchased from a dealer off the street.
Ecstasy most frequently comes in a pill form and is also called X, Molly, E, and Lover’s Speed. It is very rarely sold in a pure form; only 5% of tablets contain pure MDMA. Most commonly, ecstasy pills contain 5% to 10% MDMA and 90% to 95% other substances, like sugar, caffeine, meth, ketamine, and ephedrine. The unknown chemical makeup of a drug makes ecstasy far more dangerous than it appears on the surface; teens may believe they are taking a pure drug that is instead laced with dangerous ingredients. This has unfortunately led to a tragic increase in ecstasy-related hospitalizations in teen drug users.
What are the Effects of MDMA?
The pleasurable effects of MDMA are a large part of the drug’s popularity.
Within ten minute to an hour after taking an ecstasy tablet, users will feel stimulant and psychedelic effects, including increased energy, full body warmth, and a distorted perception of reality. This can include visual and auditory hallucinations in addition to an easily misinterpreted sense of both dimension and time. Many users come out of an ecstasy high feeling disoriented and lost; they may not know where they are, and may not realize how long they have been under the influence.
The possibility for hallucinations, energizing capabilities, and intensified feelings makes this drug preferred for those in the club scene; the combination of these effects can amplify the sensations that go along with pounding music and dancing. Ecstasy is also a common choice at music festivals and outdoor concerts.
Why Teens Choose Ecstasy
Ecstasy is a common drug for teens for many reasons. Primarily, ecstasy has a reputation for harmlessness. Many teens don’t believe that the chemical structure of MDMA is prone to addiction like other drugs; instead of doing coke or meth, they can use ecstasy at a party without taking substantial risks. Ecstasy also lacks the crash that comes with some heavier drugs, furthering the safe perception many teens wrongly believe.
In addition, ecstasy pills are fairly inexpensive in relation to other drugs; one tablet can offer hours of high for the price of a few dollars on the street. It is also very easy to access; most high school students have few challenges finding a dealer for ecstasy and nearly half of teens know a drug dealer within their circle of acquaintances.
For enterprising teens, the internet is full instructions on how to make MDMA, allowing science-savvy young adults to produce their own supply.
Effects of Ecstasy
Due to the benign side effects, many teens believe that ecstasy is harmless. However, this is not the case. Like most drugs, ecstasy does create lasting effects on the body with extended use.
A main side effect of MDMA is a rise in body temperature, leading to an internal feeling of warmth. While pleasant at the time, prolonged excessive body temperature can actually lead to permanent organ damage, including organ failure.
MDMA also has a significant effect on brain function; signs can begin with anxiety, paranoia, and an inability to concentrate, and lead to depression and aggression. Some signs set in shortly after use but fade in time, but extended abuse can cause irreversible brain damage.
Signs of Addiction
Despite the perceptions of harmlessness, MDMA and ecstasy use can certainly lead to addiction.
If your teen is addicted to ecstasy, there may be some warning signs, including:
- Excessive sweating, due to a rise in body temperature
- Heightened senses, including an interest in being touched
- An erratic sleeping schedule
- Chills and teeth clenching
- Dry mouth
- Dilated eyes
Teens who have a dependency on drug use may also display drug seeking behavior, like lying, stealing, sneaking out, and keeping secrets. While some of these behaviors may be a normal part of young adulthood, a change or accelerated intensity in these actions may be the sign of something more serious.
Teen MDMA Abuse Treatment
If you find out your teen is using drugs, your first instinct may be to brush the problem aside. After all, don’t a lot of teens use drugs and still become successful, productive adults?
Unfortunately, drug use isn’t that simple. Any illegal substance, including ecstasy, has the ability to lead to addiction. Occasional use today may turn into to frequent use tomorrow, creating a vicious cycle that can stand in the way of your teen’s relationships, academics, and future college and career prospects.
When your child develops an ecstasy habit, the first and most important step is to seek help. Professional assistance comes in many forms, including doctor appointments, sessions with counselors, or even an inpatient rehab in severe cases. If you unsure about how to proceed, please contact Teen Treatment Center today to find the best option for you. Our trained intake counselors are happy to work with you in a free consultation session, offering medical advice designed to benefit your teen.
Detox, or detoxification, refers to the process of breaking the cycle of physical and psychological addiction. Different drugs require different detox processes, from full cessation to medical assistance and weaning. For teens addicted to MDMA, a detox facility is often the easiest and most effective way to overcome addiction. Instead of allowing your teen to suffer through withdrawal alone, our professionals can ease symptoms and accelerate recovery, making it more likely that your teen will get clean and stay clean.
MDMA detox at Teen Treatment Center is designed to be a comprehensive inpatient experience, helping your teen return to a healthier lifestyle once again. Our detox process uses a cold turkey approach, combining inaccessibility to drugs with a safe, comfortable environment. Doctors, nurses, and counselors will be available 24 hours a day to help address withdrawal symptoms and offer therapeutic and medical assistance if necessary. Due to the psychological effects that can accompany MDMA use, a detox facility is the safest, most effective way to treat drug addiction.
Our facility is also able to offer:
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Court liaison services
- Recreational therapy
- Spiritual care
- Academic support
Gender-Separate Residential Treatment
Addiction can often be very isolating, especially for young adults. In order to see lasting results, gender-specific treatments are highly recommended. Instead of putting teens into an atmosphere that may cause feelings of insecurity or judgment, we are able to help those in need in a safe space.
Rather than worrying about what individuals of the opposite gender may see, think, or say throughout the recovery process, we provide a place for teens to be free to express themselves as they see fit. This approach minimizes distractions, making sure teens can focus first and foremost on sobriety. Our group sessions and individual sessions are inclusive experiences, helping us to focus on root causes of addiction, coping strategies, and the life skills necessary to transition into happy, healthy adults.
(Read our 4 Reasons to Choose a Gender-specific Rehab to learn more)
Get Help Now
Confronting drug use in your teen is extremely challenging, but professional help is paramount. If you are looking for a treatment facility for your teen to overcome MDMA addiction or any other substance dependency, Teen Treatment Center is happy to provide the resources you need.
Ready to move forward? Have questions about how to make the right choices for your teen? Contact us today at (844) 319-5239 to speak to a counselor. We are standing by day and night, every day of the year, to provide the assistance you and your family deserve.
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