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Ecstasy Drug Help

Ecstasy is a drug that is a rising problem across the U.S. This page will provide you with information on how to help yourself or someone you care about who has a problem with ecstasy. Research suggests that people who used ecstasy at least 25 times had lowered serotonin levels for as long as a year after getting help. This problem can be remedied with knowledgeable help.

Anyone can develop a problem with ecstasy. There is no known single characteristic shared by everyone who abuses ecstasy. Those who have a problem with ecstasy can be any age, profession, ethnic group or social class.

Ecstasy is most often distributed at late-night parties called "raves," nightclubs, and rock concerts. As the rave and club scene expands to metropolitan and suburban areas across the country, ecstasy use and distribution are increasing as well. Ecstasy is often used in combination with other substances. Once a person begins using Ecstasy or begins frequenting events where Ecstasy is widely used, a vast array of drugs become accessible as well. Ecstasy users often seek to increase their high by combining their pill with a dose of marijuana, LSD, ketamine, GHB, amphetamines, cocaine, or heroin. This experimentation can lead to addiction.

The effects of long-term ecstasy use are just beginning to undergo scientific analysis. In 1998, the National Institute of Mental Health conducted a study of a small group of habitual ecstasy users who were abstaining from use. The study revealed that the abstinent users suffered damage to the neurons in the brain that transmit serotonin, an important biochemical involved in a variety of critical functions including learning, sleep, and integration of emotion. The results of the study indicate that recreational ecstasy users may be at risk of developing permanent brain damage that may manifest itself in depression, anxiety, memory loss, and other neuropsychotic disorders.

If you or someone you care about has a problem with ecstasy and needs help here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  1. Don't Rescue the Addict
    Friends and family members can attempt to protect an addict from the consequences of his behavior by making excuses about his addiction or getting him out of trouble. This behavior must stop! Once the addict experiences the effects of his behavior, he may become more motivated to stop using drugs.
  2. Don't Become an Enabler
    Family members should be careful not to reward the addict by paying his bills, bailing him out of jail, letting him stay for free or ignoring his behavior.
  3. Be Honest
    Tell the addict that you are concerned about his ecstasy addiction and want to be supportive for him while he gets help. Support your concern with examples of the ways in which his ecstasy use has caused problems for you, including any recent incidents.
  4. State the Consequences
    Tell the addict that until he gets help, you will leave him to the consequences of his behavior and will no longer bail him out. Make it clear that you are not trying to punish the addict, but protect yourself from the harmful effects of his addiction.
  5. Be Prepared
    If the addict is ready get help, don't wait. Once he's agrees to get help, work immediately to find the treatment approach that is right for the individual.
  6. Don't Give Up
    If the addict refuses help, don't give up. Be supportive and don't enable or allow his behavior. Listen whenever you can and be ready to help the addict into treatment when he is ready.
  7. Find a treatment approach
    The importance of locating a qualified treatment facility is important to the addicts recovery. There are numerous types of treatment programs available, find one that is right for the individual.

It is important that the individual receives help early on in their abuse. Treatment is known to be more effective if conducted at the onset of the problem. Treatment options include a wide range of approaches: education, counseling, therapy, rehab, and groups. Our website will help you in your search for the treatment approach that is right for you or someone you care about who has a problem with ecstasy.

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