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Teen Ecstasy Addiction Treatment

Overview of Teen Ecstasy Addiction

Ecstasy is a stimulant club drug that has hallucinogenic effects. Ecstasy is also known as “Molly” and/or “MDMA,” and produce a high by flooding the brain with a rush of two neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and serotonin, which are associated with pleasure. Ecstasy is a man-made drug and often distributed and/or bought at clubs. One of the dangers of ecstasy is that the purity of the substance (and/or any possible additional ingredients) are often in question.


The sought-after effect of ecstasy is the high, happy, energetic feelings that accompany the rush of neurotransmitters. The drug may also enhance inhibitions, cause teens to feel excessively emotional or connected to others, and/or heighten senses, which is why the drug is sometimes associated with uninhibited and/or reckless sexual behavior. While these are some of the effects teens are often seeking when they use Molly, the drug affects every teen differently, especially because the ingredient make-up varies so widely. Some teens may experience a wide range of negative physical symptoms, such as headaches and/or stomach aches, nausea, muscle discomfort, and strain on the heart.

Often, after the high of the drug wears off as the flood of neurotransmitters ware off, teens often experience a low mood crash, which can bring on significant feelings of anxiety and depression. This can be especially dangerous for teens that may already be experiencing symptoms related to a mental illness, such as a mood disorder. Beyond this, it’s worth noting that there are inherent dangers of drugs that tend to further the inhibitions of teens, who already tend to often have reckless behavior. Along these lines, sometimes ecstasy abuse can lead to reckless behavior with things such as sexual activity, driving, and decisions to take and/or abuse other substances.

Teen Ecstasy Addiction Treatment

Teen ecstasy addiction treatment involves a combination of mental and behavioral therapeutic measures. As therapists ensure teens’ discontinued use of ecstasy as well as all other substances, they support teens to begin deeper inquiry into the underlying reasons for their drug abuse. Of course these reasons differ for every teen, but often involve a combination of things such as: emotional difficulty and stress due to presence of mental illness, environmental facts, challenging relationships, and difficulty in school and other activities. By working with teens to address all different aspects of their lives, therapists help them to not only gain freedom from abuse of a substance, but to gain perspective and clarity on how to address and gain relief from many different forms of stress in their life, altogether.

Paradigm Austin

Paradigm Austin is a residential teen treatment center and is situated in a beautiful and comfortable house-like setting. Paradigm Austin provides teen ecstasy addiction treatment, as well as treatment to teens for mental health and substance abuse conditions. Teens come to Paradigm Austin from Austin as well as the rest of the U.S. and abroad and usually are in treatment with us from between 4-6 weeks.