Ecstasy: Treatment and rehabilitation

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 2:06 pm

Although ecstasy use is more widespread than other drugs of abuse seen in treatment centers, as of 2001 there were few data on the addictive properties and subsequent treatment of ecstasy abuse. Behavioral therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy used for other drugs of abuse, more specifically cocaine or amphetamine, apply similarly to ecstasy use. There is some evidence that after prolonged ecstasy use, the negative effects become more prominent than the positive and users stop on their own. This may explain why ecstasy users do not exhibit the same patterns of dependence shown by other drugs whose users end up in treatment. Some negative effects that might encourage the user to stop are anxiety, depression, panic, and paranoia; however, the user with these symptoms could already be left with long-term damage. Treatment of ecstasy use often refers to treatment of the symptoms associated with use. Doctors can usually remedy these symptoms with both behavioral and prescription drug therapies, as if they were disorders not induced by drug use. The sharp increase in the reported number of users over the past few years leads researchers to expect a similar increase in users seeking traditional drug treatment in the near future.

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