Facing a drug addiction is a terrifying prospect. It’s scary for both the user and their loved ones. At times, addiction can seem impossible to overcome. Learning how to face life without the drug can be just as challenging. For users, it can seem harder than beating the physical addiction. But there is always hope.
If you or a loved one is struggling with ecstasy addiction, it might be time to consider a sober living facility. Here at New Life House, we provide just that. These are safe, drug-free group homes for people to recover from addiction. They are under the supervision of a house manager. The house manager enforces the policies and conducts random drug testing. They work with recovering residents to overcome the perils of addiction.
Sober living houses are a good halfway point between inpatient recovery facilities and home. In inpatient facilities, patients are monitored 24/. At home, they might be tempted to use. They give people a chance to get some recovery time under their belt. This is a crucial transition period before returning home to the same environment they were using in. These facilities are also a good place to connect with other people. They provide resources in the recovery community.
The fight against ecstasy addiction can be tough, but you don’t have to do it alone. Contact New Life House today to find out how we can help you.
What Is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is also known as Molly or “E”. It is a psychotropic drug. On the streets, it is commonly referred to as a party drug. It used to be especially popular in clubs and raves. Now, it is also common on the streets and on college campuses.
The drug has a range of effects. It gets users to lower their inhibitions and suppresses feelings of fatigue and pain. It also promotes feelings of trust and closeness. In even minor doses, it has psychoactive effects.
Traditionally, MDMA was the main chemical in the drug that caused these psychoactive effects. However, the vast majority of ecstasy sold today contains little, if any, MDMA. Modern ecstasy is often a dangerous mixture of many chemicals, stimulants, and even hallucinogens. The user rarely knows what exactly they’re taking.
Some stimulants are commonly used in ecstasy. These include methamphetamine, amphetamine, and ephedrine. Caffeine may also be present as well. Examples of hallucinogens found in ecstasy are LSD, PCP, LSD, ketamine, and nexus. It is also increasingly common for ecstasy to contain chemical compounds like bath salts and rat poison.
For users, ecstasy initially may feel good. However, these sensations can fade quickly. After the “high” wears off, the user will experience feelings such as fatigue, depression, mood swings, and irritability. There are also serious additional health risks from the other unknown compounds in each pill. Using ecstasy – even on a “recreational” basis – can lead to serious mental health and physical problems. Because there is no real way to know exactly what is in each dose, even one use can be deadly.
How Is Ecstasy Used?
Ecstasy usually comes in pill form, and users take it orally. It is also sometimes available as a liquid or powder. Most pills have an imprint on them, such as a smiley face or other symbol. It is often referred to as a party drug because it is most often taken in social situations. Users may take it at places such as at a club, concert, festival, rave, or house party.
The environments where ecstasy users partake in the drug also can pose a serious health risk. People use the drug in social situations because it gives them an energy boost. It makes everything feel good and gets rid of inhibitions. These effects are part of what makes ecstasy so dangerous. It makes it difficult for users to monitor what is happening around them and how their body is feeling.
MDMA can cause rapid increases in body temperature. In a setting like a night club, it is easy to spike a high fever and not notice. This can lead to dehydration, seizures, brain damage, organ failure, and even death. Users must also contend with the additional risks posed by the other unknown additives in each pill.
Why Is Ecstasy Addictive?
When discussing ecstasy addiction, it is important to keep in mind that most ecstasy today is not pure. That is, it usually contains many addictive substances other than MDMA – such as methamphetamine or PCP. Each of the unknown additives can be highly addictive in their own right.
When it comes to MDMA itself, research suggests that it may actually be less addictive than many other types of drugs. MDMA works by stimulating the production of three major chemicals in the brain: serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These chemicals are closely linked to emotion and feelings of pleasure. High levels of these chemicals are what makes people feel good. The stimulated increased production of these chemicals often makes a substance “addictive”.
In some ways, pure MDMA is unlike other drugs that produce a similar effect. It does not seem to consistently trigger withdraw symptoms or other signs of addiction. In fact, pure, medical-grade MDMA is currently being used in clinical trials to treat various forms of anxiety and PTSD.
In animal trials, subjects would choose to consume MDMA. This is an indicator of a drug’s potential for abuse. But the trials showed that the animals didn’t want MDMA as frequently as they did other drugs, like heroin.
In short, the jury is out on the addictive qualities of MDMA. Scientists still need to gather more information. But when it comes to street-grade ecstasy, users risk addiction with every dose. There is simply no way for them to know exactly what is in each pill. More often than not, it is some combination of addictive, dangerous substances.
If someone you know is struggling with an addiction to ecstasy or one of its ingredients, contact us today. Our addiction recovery specialists at New Life House can help. Don’t wait until it is too late.
Why Is Ecstasy So Dangerous?
Ecstasy use can result in many negative side effects. Some short-term side effects include:
- A rapid rise in body temperature
- Irregularity of heartbeat
- Spikes in or high blood pressure
These changes can happen so fast that the user doesn’t notice or have time to respond. That’s when they can become deadly.
Ecstasy also stimulates the production of chemicals that create feelings of trust and closeness to other people. In certain scenarios, this can promote unsafe sex practices. This also increases the risk of transmitting STDs.
There are also long-term side effects of frequent ecstasy use. These vary from person to person. Other factors influence these effects such as other drug use, general health, and frequency of use.
Common long-term side effects that can put users at risk include:
- Central nervous system complications
- Mental health disorders
- Possible damage to the centers of the brain that produce serotonin and dopamine
What Are the Effects and Side Effects of Ecstasy?
The effects of ecstasy often happen in phases. Each experience will be different, based on the individual and what’s in the pill. Some immediate effects are:
- Spiked heart rate
- Higher blood pressure
- Dry mouth
- Clenching of the jaw muscles
The phase after this includes feelings of euphoria, relaxation, lowered inhibitions, increased confidence, and reduced fatigue. This lasts between 3 and 6 hours. However, many users will take another dose before the first one is clear of their system.
After the effects of the drug wear off, users may continue to experience side effects up to a week later. These residual effects can include:
- Sleep issues
- Decreased appetite
- Loss of interest in sex
Most of these side effects tend to disappear after 7 days. However, long-term ecstasy use can cause them to become permanent. If you notice your child exhibiting these symptoms, it may be a sign of addiction. For a consultation about how to proceed, give New Life House a call.
How Long Does Ecstasy Stay in Your System?
The immediate effects of ecstasy usually last between 3 and 6 hours. However, a drug test can detect the substance for quite a while after use. On average, an ecstasy user may test positive on a drug test for 2-5 days after taking the drug. Factors that affect the efficacy of drug testing include:
- Height and weight of user. These factors can affect how long the drug will remain in their system
- Quantity of drug used. If the user consumes higher doses of the drug, it will remain in their system longer
- Type of drug and test used. Certain tests are better at detecting certain types of drugs
- User’s metabolic speed. The window of time for which the drug is detectable may be narrower for a person with a faster metabolism
Blood tests are a common method used to detect drug usage. However, they aren’t as powerful as other types of tests. On average, ecstasy will remain in the blood only for up to a 24-hour period after use.
Urine tests are one of the most common types of drug test. They are fast, accurate, and relatively inexpensive. You can even find quality ones at your local drug store. Urine testing can detect ecstasy beyond 24 hours, making it more effective than a blood test.
Hair follicle testing is another kind of drug testing. It is often considered one of the best methods out there. It can generate insights into past usage more accurately. It also detects for longer periods of time than saliva, urine, and blood tests. Hair follicle tests can detect ecstasy use for up to 3 months after stopping use. The downside to this testing is that hair follicle testing is costly and highly involved.
Unsure which drug test to use? Our experts at New Life House can help. Call us today for information and remember that recovery is possible.
How Can I Tell If My Child Is Taking Ecstasy?
Learning that your child might be taking drugs can be one of the most terrifying moments of a parent’s life. In these situations, it’s important to go with your gut. If you worry that your child is using, chances are you have a good reason for concern.
If you think your child might be taking ecstasy, there are some warning signs you can keep an eye out for. You’ll want to look for a pattern of these traits that are a departure from your child’s normal behavior:
- Severe anxiety
- Irritability and Aggression
There are also some physical symptoms. When combined with the above behavioral changes, they can be an indication that your child is using ecstasy:
- Blurred vision
- Muscle spasms
- Teeth grinding
- Rapid eye movements
- High blood pressure and heart rate
There is also drug paraphernalia associated with ecstasy use that you can look for. Unusual amounts of lollipops and pacifiers are a good indication your child is using ecstasy. These are used to stop painful teeth grinding during and after using. Other things include surgical masks, vapor rub, and glow sticks. These are commonly used to enhance the ecstasy trip.
If your child is exhibiting these behaviors or you find ecstasy paraphernalia, you should talk to them about your concerns. It may be a hard and emotional conversation. However, it is the first step to getting them the help they need.
If you worry that your child is using ecstasy, reach out to the recovery experts at New Life House. We can answer your questions and connect you with resources to support your child and family through your difficult time.
How Can Someone Detox from Ecstasy?
A person may experience withdrawal symptoms as their body clears the ecstasy from their system. These symptoms may be unpleasant. In most cases, they are not life-threatening. Generally speaking, they can be managed with over the counter medicine.
However, detoxing may require medical supervision. This is especially true if the person has been taking ecstasy that was cut with other addictive drugs like heroin, amphetamines, or ketamine. The symptoms of detoxing from these drugs tend to be more severe and last longer.
In the cases where medical supervision is necessary for detox, the person can check into a hospital or level 3.7 rehab facility. In both cases, they will be monitored and kept as comfortable as possible while they detox. These are also good places to get connected with additional resources to support the recovery process.
How Can New Life House Help?
New Life House is a sober living facility with multiple locations in California. We have been helping young men learn to live sober for more than 30 years. We can help you or your loved one too.
We were founded by former addicts – so we get it. We know what you’re going through. We’ve been there. At New Life House, we do more than just teach abstinence from drugs and alcohol. We teach the life skills and coping mechanisms that we’ve learned and used successfully in our recovery. At New Life House, we teach by example.
We understand that different age groups require different approaches. As such, we offer separate housing for young men and teenagers. We tailor our methods to fit each peer group. We make sure our guys get the help and resources that are right for them.
Contact Us Today
Addiction of any type is a disease. The appropriate treatment is essential for a successful recovery. Remember, ecstasy abuse can be dangerous. It puts the user at risk of addiction, withdrawal symptoms, lasting brain damage, and even death. It is important to seek help if someone you know needs help in overcoming ecstasy addiction.
There are many ways that a person might suffer from addiction. However, it is possible to achieve both physical and emotional recovery. Let us help you find what works for you. To help someone you know, or to receive more information about the recovery process, contact us at (888) 357-7577.