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Having a child who regularly uses ecstasy can be frightening. Although periodic use doesn’t always indicate that your child is addicted to ecstasy, addiction can happen due to regularly maintained drug use habits. If your child starts struggling with ecstasy addiction, it isn’t too late for you to help. Parents can help their children by understanding what they’re facing and pushing them toward people that are willing and qualified to help.
When someone takes ecstasy, it increased the amount of three chemicals involved in the brain, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Each of these chemicals are used by the body to maintain health patterns for heart rate, energy levels, sleep cycles, and more. Using ecstasy once can impact these brain chemicals, but might not cause lasting issues. When they develop an ecstasy addiction, there’s a chance their life could be at risk if they continue their drug abuse habits or even when they try to quit.
When people become addicted to any substance, their body becomes physically dependent on them. In the case of ecstasy, the brain will become used to the drug entering the system and cause the three brain chemicals involved with the drug to become less effective. People sometimes end up taking more ecstasy at one given point in an attempt to obtain the same high they received on their first dose. Others may try to quit using ecstasy on their own in an attempt to get sober, which can cause even more serious health problems.
The effects of ecstasy start wearing off after 3 to 6 hours. People who are struggling with an ecstasy addiction are going to begin showing withdrawal symptoms at that point. Although they may not appear serious at first, withdrawal symptoms can develop into things such as:
While these symptoms by themselves may not seem life threatening, people can become suicidal due to ecstasy withdrawal. These symptoms can even last for weeks after drug use has stopped. No matter how much they may want to, sons and daughters should not try to battle their ecstasy addiction on their own.
At Beaches Recovery, we help patients from different parts of the United States work through their addiction problems. Our facility, located in Jacksonville, Florida, is able to house 90 patients who are treated as people, not numbers. We understand that all people who come to us have their own unique issues that they’re dealing with regarding their addiction. That’s why each program we offer can be adapted to patients’ needs, no matter what they’re struggling with.
Through us, you can also find help. Even though you’re not the one struggling with addiction, odds are that there are some difficulties you’ve experienced because of your child’s drug abuse. With our family therapy program, you can find the support you need while learning about what addiction is and how you can help your child through life once his or her treatment is over.
Your child doesn’t have to keep struggling with ecstasy addiction. With the right help and your support, he or she can break free from the drug abuse cycle and start living a sober life. Finding out about Beaches Recovery and what we offer can help your child transition into our treatment program. Call us today at 866-605-0532 to learn more about what we can do for your son or daughter.