Ecstasy is currently used and abused by millions of young people.
Many see ecstasy as a harmless party drug, but to the thousands of families who have lost a loved one as a result of overdose, the substance is anything but.
The Teen Ecstasy Problem
Ecstasy creates a sense of euphoria in the user when it is ingested so it’s enjoyed by teens in particular. In other words, the psychotropic effects of the drug, which is also known as MDMA, create an “I love everyone” feeling in the user. This drug is not as addictive as some others, but it is a dangerous drug, especially for teenage girls using it.
Risks of Ecstasy Abuse for Teens
One of the major risks of ecstasy abuse in teens is that they make themselves vulnerable. Teen girls who take ecstasy often become more trusting and open. Young boys may try to take advantage of these young women if they discover that she’s under the influence. Even teens who are out with friends may be at risk, especially if the people they’re with are under the influence as well.
Ecstasy can cause a number of problems, even in those who are using it for the very first time. Heart trouble has been linked to ecstasy use and the effects can be sudden. Teens can even miss the signs that they’re in trouble because of the drug’s influence. Damage may be permanent or only temporary, but it is still detrimental to overall health.
Teens may also act reckless when using ecstasy which means they could put themselves at risk for more than just health problems.
Ecstasy Related Deaths
Each year, thousands of deaths are attributed to Ecstasy use. These deaths occur for a number of different reasons, most commonly:
- Overdose. To keep the euphoric effects of the drug going, the individual will take too many (also known as “stacking”). This can lead to overdose.
- Mixture with other substances. Most Ecstasy-related overdoses or deaths involve mixing the drug with alcohol or other substances.
- Dehydration. Ecstasy causes the individual to become dehydrated. When this occurs under the bright lights of a hot, crowded dance club, the results can be deadly.
What Happens During Teen Ecstasy Rehab?
When a young person enters into drug rehab for Ecstasy use, they will first be given a chance to detoxify off of the drug. This may take place at the drug rehab facility, or at an approved facility recommended by the treatment professionals.
Because Ecstasy is a psychologically addictive drug, the individual may feel withdrawal symptoms during detox, including:
- Panic attacks
While none of these withdrawal symptoms are life-threatening, the discomfort they cause can lead the individual to relapse. Therefore one must be monitored by a treatment professional.
During counseling, the teen is given a chance to talk openly and honestly about their Ecstasy use – and the reasons why they started. Counselors help develop life strategies and the self-confidence needed to move forward. In group counseling there is an opportunity to gain strength from fellow recovering addicts who are of the same age group. This can lead to significant breakthroughs since many teens feel alone in their suffering with drug addiction.
Ecstasy rehab for teens may also feature a number of programs designed to enrich the lives of the individual. These can include anything from art classes to high school or college equivalent courses. The idea behind these programs is to help strengthen the individual in as many ways as possible during rehab so that they are best equipped to make a proper transition back into the “real world.”
Why Rehab at Newport Academy?
Ecstasy is a dangerous drug and it can cause harm to the health of teens. Help is needed to get teens that use ecstasy off the drugs in a safe and healthy manner. Teens need to learn how to resist peer pressure. They also need to deal with emotional causes of drug use, and learn new coping skills.
At Newport Academy we teach teens how to live in a healthy way. Individuals who don’t attend rehab for ecstasy use can continue on a downward spiral. It can lead to further drug use.
We offer comprehensive treatment for adolescents who are struggling with substance use disorder.
Contact Newport Academy today for more information about how we can be of service to you and your family.