What is Teen Ecstasy Addiction?
Ecstasy, also called “Molly,” is a stimulant club drug often abbreviated as MDMA, that has hallucinogenic properties. MDMA works by providing a rush of Serotonin and Norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters that signal feelings of pleasure and happiness. MDMA is a man-made drug, which puts its purity in question, as the makers of it can easily add or even substitute other substances into the tablets, such as caffeine, amphetamines, or cocaine. This is obviously extremely dangerous, in that teens may be unknowingly ingesting unknown harmful substances. Teen ecstasy addiction can lead to several different problems.
What It Looks Like
Ecstasy is most often found in tablet forms, and sometimes they have small cartoons on them. The drug works extremely quickly, entering the blood stream within 15 minutes, and lasting between 3-6 hours.
Ecstasy produces a high characterized by happy, euphoric feelings, a rush of energy, alertness, and sometimes, distorted senses, such as an enhanced sense of touch. Teens may also experience a sense of being emotionally open, and being extremely connected to others. These are some of the sought-after characteristics of the high. Following this high, teens my crash from the unusually high levels of the neurotransmitters, causing them to feel emotionally low, and sometimes experience feelings of anxiety and depression.
However, the drug often affects teens very differently, and some teens experience an increased heart rate, extreme muscle tension, nausea, and distorted senses, such as blurry vision. Also, sometimes teens may react to the stimulant by experiencing strong feelings of anxiety, sadness, depression, that lasts up to several weeks, even from taking just one pill.
Some of the other symptoms of Ecstasy use include, but are not limited to:
- Inability to maintain body temperature
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Inability to maintain normal heart rhythm
- Tooth and gum disease
- Heart and kidney problems
- Memory loss
- Negative effects of brain chemicals related to mood
- Brain damage
Though Ecstasy does not create a physical dependency in the brain in the same way that some other stimulants do, teens can still become addicted to the substance, especially if they experience a high of energetic, happy feelings, while on the drug. When they experience this euphoric high, followed by the emotional low when they’re coming off the drug, this can lead them to take it again, in order to stay in that over-flooded state of the neurotransmitters. This dependency is very serious and can have a number of negative effects and risks.
Residential Teen Ecstasy Addiction Treatment
The first step in our residential teen ecstasy addiction treatment is to help teens get off of the substance and begin detoxing, as soon as possible. Residential treatment allows for this step to take place in a safe, controlled environment, where teens can be overseen and supported, each step of the way, assuring their physical safety and promoting their overall well-being.
While supporting teens to stop their ecstasy use, therapists work with them to address what stresses, conflicts, or life situations might be present that are leading them to use the drug. Therapists work with teens to uncover and address these issues through a number of techniques, specially designed and implemented, according to the individual teen. Throughout a number of approaches within the scope of Talk Therapy, therapists help teens to understand their dependency, identify causes that lead to their use, identify any unhealthy belief systems that may be in place, and begin rebuilding healthy belief systems and behaviors to better support their well-being.
Group therapy sessions are also implemented during teen ecstasy addiction treatment, including family therapy sessions. Group therapy can often help teens to feel understood and supported by their peers, while also learning to accept and not judge others, as well as themselves. This can be a profoundly helpful step toward recovery. Family sessions are also extremely helpful, especially in helping build healthy boundaries and structure to communication within the family. By helping to create this openness of communication, therapists can help a family build toward a healthy environment for the teen to return to, and one in which they can thrive.
What are the chances of full recovery for my teenager?
Although the teen ecstasy addiction treatment process and results differs for every teenager, there is real hope and a good chance that your teen can recover from Ecstasy abuse and/or addiction. The success of this recovery will be based on a number of different factors but at Paradigm, we strive to provide an environment and the resources to support teens as fully as possible, so that they can make the changes and steps necessary, for their recovery. We also hope to provide you, as parents, and any other close family members involved, with resources and support so that you can work together to help your teen succeed.