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Ecstasy and Ecstasy Abuse

Ecstasy Statistics

There are many names for synthetic drugs, similar to stimulants and hallucinogenic drugs. Ecstasy, Molly, and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) are some terms.

As a drug, the National Institute on Drug Abuse says it's similar to amphetamine and methylphenidate, two other drugs that people take.

It also became a popular drug of abuse because of the euphoria and strong social feelings the drug makes people feel.

Many more people are taking the drug now, but younger people still like to take it the most.

Ecstasy Abuse Treatment Options

Ecstasy is a relatively new psychoactive substance. As a result, there is a scarcity of information about how abuse and addiction develop.

There are no specialized treatments for ecstasy usage nor how to best treat dependency. However, a lack of neurotransmitters like serotonin causes withdrawal symptoms.

Medications that try to raise the amount of these chemicals in the brain can aid the detox process significantly. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), for example, treat sadness, anxiety, and panic attacks associated with ecstasy withdrawal.

It's also vital to remember that most individuals combine ecstasy with other intoxicants frequently. This might make therapy more difficult because the person may simultaneously be addicted to other substances. It's even more critical that a treatment plan for an ecstasy addict tailors to that person's specific circumstances.

Also, ecstasy addiction treatment techniques are similar to those for any other addictive chemical. Doctors use Inpatient or outpatient therapies, depending on the client's needs.

This should be supplemented with long-term counseling and involvement in addiction support groups.

Without this ongoing treatment, relapse rates are substantial. Individuals are also strongly advised to make specific lifestyle adjustments.

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Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

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  • There was a time when people used MDMA to help them with psychotherapy.

  • The drug helps people with mental illnesses feel more comfortable talking to therapists and working through their anxiety or depression.

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse report says that the Food and Drug Administration did not approve the drug. In 1985.

  • The Drug Enforcement Administration made MDMA illegal with no known medical use.

  • There is still a lot of ecstasy/MDMA in the world. Even though the drug is illegal, young adults and teenagers like it.

  • The NIDA says that about 1.5% of eighth-graders have taken ecstasy or MDMA at least once.

  • 2.8% of 10th-graders have taken the drug, and almost 5% of high school seniors have used it at least once.

  • People between 18 and 25 mostly take the drug at least once.

  • This drug links to nightclubs and all-night dance parties called "raves."

  • Some scientists and researchers use ecstasy in its use in psychotherapy treatment.

  • MDMA is also tested as a possible treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety in people who are dying and as a treatment for social anxiety in people who are autistic.

  • Even though an ecstasy overdose is rare, it is still possible. If you think you are experiencing an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

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