Teen MDMA Addiction Treatment

MDMA or ecstasy, also known as ‘club drug’, is widespread at teen parties and is also popular among drug abusers. MDMA / ecstasy is a laboratory formulated chemical that affects emotional sensitivity and energy enhancement in the body. It is available in capsule form as brand ‘Molly’. Addiction to this drug can be highly dangerous for both emotional and physical health.

What is MDMA?

MDMA (chemical name 3,4 methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is an illicit drug, and known by its more common name ‘ecstacy’. As a stimulant and a hallucinogen, MDMA instigates release of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain that acts as mood elevators and offers psychedelic effects. This drug is a temporary antidepressant that fills up the body with short term energy and emotional hyper sensitivity.

Drug Mixed with Other Substances

MDMA is a prevalent drug in the rave party culture and like other addictive drugs, it is very harmful. MDMA is often mixed with other drugs to provide a greater effect. Overdose of these mixers can have detrimental effects, and in extreme cases be fatal. Specifically, mixing MDMA with the following can be highly dangerous and toxic:

  • Cocaine
  • Dextromethorphan (DXM)
  • Amphetamines
  • PCP
  • Caffeine
  • Ketamine

Teen’s Reasons for Using MDMA

  • To shed inhibitions and embrace the feelings of connectedness
  • To have ecstatic pleasure from physical touch
  • To enhance overall mood and the state of euphoria
  • To increase sexuality and sexual arousal
  • To enhance body energy and alertness
  • To lose track of time and live in their own make-believe world

Adverse effects of MDMA Addiction

MDMA addiction has many far-reaching effects on a teen’s health. The following adverse effects are often prevalent:

  • Memory issues, paranoia etc
  • Insomnia, depression, and tiredness
  • Teeth grinding, sweating, blurred vision, and accelerated heartbeat
  • Dehydration and unwarranted increase in body temperature that can lead to death
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Muscle tension and tightness in mouth & jaw
  • Feeling faint
  • Hot and cold flashes

Withdrawal Symptoms of MDMA

Attempting detox from MDMA can cause the following withdrawal symptoms. Due to the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, many addicts will often relapse. Cravings & Depression

  • Confusion & anxiety
  • Agitation & paranoia
  • Insomnia & fatigue
  • Loss of concentration and appetite

Statistics: According to the statistics of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in 2011, of the 6 million ecstasy patients admitted for cure in rehabilitation facilities or hospitals, teenagers were the majority of that figure.

Teen MDMA Addiction Treatment

MDMA is a fairly newer drug on the market. Hence, the most effective addiction cures and treatment methods are still being researched. Thankfully, its withdrawal symptoms are not as extreme as those of heroin. However, MDMA still has its own challenges that need to be addressed and controlled. Mostly, the withdrawal issues occur when neurotransmitters such as serotonin are released. The symptoms such as depression and cravings can be controlled by detox process through Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors treatment.

There are other helpful treatment methods, such as, Cognitive behavioral interventions, that are used for altering patient’s mindset, behavior, and specific needs. Additionally, recovery support rehabilitation residential facilities, with expert programming and professional staff are highly effect to assist with successful MDMA detox.

Treatment at Hillcrest

Hillcrest Adolescent Treatment Center (Hillcrest) is a licensed, residential mental health facility, specializing in the treatment of MDMA Teen Addiction and other addiction disorders. Hillcrest aims to help clients become centered and empowered to address their struggles head on and to find the most wholesome path for long-lasting healing, and enable them to maximize their quality of life.

In line with the treatment philosophy and facility mission, Hillcrest provides a range of innovative and creative therapeutic, experiential, and clinical evidence-based treatment options in a natural and peaceful environment, to benefit both mind and body health. Simultaneously, clients are provided with an educational school component, as well as healthy recreational activities, including; library, art, music, and a range of outdoor exercise programs, including tennis and swimming. All healing is guided by dedicated doctoral level medical healthcare professionals and therapists with stellar background and experience. At Hillcrest the road to recovery is real and supported every step of the way for you and your loved one.

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