Choosing an Ecstasy Rehab Center
Ecstasy, also known as MDMA or Molly, is a popular synthetic party drug. MDMA use can become compulsive, even if only taken on the weekends. Regular use can also lead to both mental and physical problems.
The best way to find the right Ecstasy recovery center is to ask a few questions when seeking treatment:
- Which type of Ecstasy treatment is the right one for you?
- How much does it cost ?
- Does the program offer medically supervised detox ?
- What kind of aftercare does it offer?
- Does it offer treatment tailored to teens ?
What Types of Ecstasy/MDMA Treatment Are Available?
Below are the different kinds of MDMA treatment options:
Inpatient facilities allow you to live at the location while focusing on your treatment.
Outpatient programs give you the freedom to continue to live at home while receiving treatment.
Dual diagnosis programs help those suffering from Ecstasy addiction and any mental or behavioral health issues.
Inpatient Treatment Programs
Because clients live temporarily in an inpatient treatment center, it is possible to create a controlled environment that is trigger-free. Individuals are less likely to relapse if they are not surrounded by the temptation present in their daily lives. This type of treatment is recommended for those suffering from a severe Ecstasy addiction.
Different types of inpatient treatment centers include:
Luxury : These facilities are typically more expensive than typical residential options and have a vacation or resort feel with added amenities.
Executive : Executive treatment programs are similar to luxury locations but are focused on allowing you to still work while receiving inpatient treatment.
Outpatient Treatment Programs
Outpatient facilities provide a great option for those who can't leave behind work or family obligations for an extended period of time to receive treatment. Outpatient will be most beneficial for those suffering from a less severe MDMA addiction.
Different kinds of outpatient treatment options include:
Individual therapy - A therapist determines the cause of addiction and triggers for relapse while helping you build positive and healthy coping mechanisms.
Group counseling - A therapist will lead a therapy session using many of the same models of individual therapy but will focus on interpersonal interaction and insight.
SMART Recovery - A 4-point program focused on empowerment and the use of up-to-date scientific knowledge on addiction and recovery.
LifeRing Secular Recovery - An abstinence support group that welcomes religious and non-religious people. You design your own program based on your needs. There are both face-to-face meetings and online meetings.2
Matrix Model - An outpatient treatment program lasting 16 weeks that is designed for the treatment of stimulants (Ecstasy is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen). It includes but is not limited to relapse-prevention groups, urine and breath testing, individual counseling, social-support groups and education for the client and family.1
Mental Health Treatment
MDMA use can impair normal functioning in the serotonergic system of the brain, which plays a part in the control of mood and cognition. As a result, those who have abused MDMA tend to report more severe depressive symptoms than those who haven't abused the drug.5
- Panic attacks.
Treatment of Other Drug Addictions
Evidence also suggests that Ecstasy users are more likely to be poly-drug users, which could pave the way for a multi-substance addiction.
The most common other drugs that MDMA users abuse are:7
Another study compared poly-drug use between Ecstasy users and marijuana users and found that MDMA abusers are more likely to have used LSD, inhalants, cocaine, heroin and inhalants in the past year.8
Medications Used in Treatment
No formal medications are used to treat Ecstasy dependence or tolerance. However, there has been some groundbreaking research on the administration of oxytocin, a naturally occurring bonding hormone, to those suffering from addiction.
Preclinical research shows that delivering oxytocin to stimulant users helps to prevent self-administration of MDMA as well as the stress associated with being exposed to the substance. Research suggests that oxytocin could help prevent further addictions and can reverse the damaging social effects of long-term Ecstasy abuse.
How Much Does Treatment Cost?
Outpatient vs. inpatient. Typically, outpatient facilities are cheaper than inpatient facilities, with the exception of some very intensive outpatient programs. Inpatient facilities offer access to round-the-clock services and amenities that outpatient facilities do not, which is why the cost is higher.
12-step programs. Many 12-step programs and support groups are free and provide support and camaraderie while recovering from addiction. Many residential and outpatient programs incorporate 12-step programs. Furthermore, participation in 12-step support groups is encouraged as aftercare once inpatient/residential or outpatient treatment is completed.
Duration. Cost is also affected by the length of your treatment. Inpatient rehabilitation can range from 30 days to 90 days or more, if required, and the duration will affect how much you pay.
Paying for Treatment
Addiction treatment can be expensive. Few are in a position to make a full up-front payment to cover the costs of a treatment program. Fortunately, you have a couple different options to pay for rehab.
- Insurance. Many insurance companies will provide partial or full coverage for drug rehabilitation. If you aren't sure if your insurance covers addiction treatment, call to ask them about their rehab policy.
- Payment plans. Many facilities will create a payment plan for you to make monthly payments that are appropriate for your financial situation.
- Financing. Tap your savings account, borrow money from friends and family, use a credit card or take out a loan.
Does the Program Offer Medically Supervised Detox?
Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms, which are usually mild and manageable, include:
No specific detox process exists for MDMA, and withdrawal does not require medical intervention.9 However, a post-detoxification medical examination is recommended to evaluate any mental or physical health conditions once your system is clean of Ecstasy, and it can help direct the treatment plan.10
Does the Program Offer Aftercare?
People who complete treatment programs are at greater risk of relapse when faced with stressors and triggers. Aftercare helps a person stay clean and develop positive coping skills.
Coping skills and relapse prevention techniques will be especially important for those with an addiction to Ecstasy, since MDMA is typically abused in social settings. People recovering from Ecstasy addiction can experience particularly strong peer pressure to use the drug should they resume a pre-treatment pattern of socializing with other young adults in the nightclub setting. 12
Different aftercare options include:
- 12-step programs.
- Non-12-step support groups.
- Group counseling.
- Individual therapy.
- Post-treatment screening or monitoring.
- Sober living environments.
What Treatment Is Available for Teens?
If your child is suffering from an addiction to MDMA, treatment options include:
Individual therapy: The therapist assesses for any other substance abuse or mental health disorders, identifies the strengths of the teen, tailors the treatment to the needs of the teen, instills healthy coping mechanisms for the social environment and peer pressure surrounding MDMA use, strengthens the teen's motivation to change and strengthens family and community relationships. 13
Teen Addiction Anonymous: A support group that follows the 12-step method popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and welcomes teens addicted to any substance. 14
SMART Recovery Teen and Youth Program: A 4-point, non-religious support group focused on addiction recovery through ongoing scientific research. 15
Inpatient treatment facilities: Teens live at the facility while receiving treatment, which includes group and individual counseling, 12-step meetings and medical supervision. Some programs will allow teens to complete schoolwork while in treatment.
Outpatient treatment centers: These programs allow participants to live at home and continue going to work or school while receiving individual and group therapy.
- Dilated pupils.
- Bruxism, or teeth grinding.
- Profuse sweating.
- Attending raves and clubs often.
- Excessive friendliness.
- Abnormal sleep schedule.
Find a Recovery Center Today
If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to Ecstasy, call 1-888-319-2606 to speak with a treatment support specialist about finding treatment programs today.
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