Our Massachusetts drug rehab programs provide a specialized ecstasy addiction treatment program to anyone who depends on this specific substance and is ready to begin recovery. Our professional medical team will design an individual detox protocol and treatment plan that will suit every patient’s needs. Then, digging down to the root of the addiction, a dedicated doctor, nurse, or licensed therapist will help patients safely go through withdrawals and enter their new lives, maintaining sobriety.
What Is MDMA?
3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), better known as “ecstasy,” “Molly,” or “E-bomb,” is a synthetic drug that acts as a stimulant and hallucinogen. It produces an energizing effect, but it has also been described as an entactogen—a drug that can increase self-awareness and empathy. Researchers have determined that many ecstasy tablets contain not only MDMA at different concentrations but also a number of other drugs or drug combinations that can be harmful. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has shown that they often contain other types of drugs and may not contain any MDMA. However, if a person is to only consume MDMA, then a user may become addicted to the side effects, which include:
- Strengthened feelings of connectedness with others
- Increased pleasure from physical touch
- The user feels a state of euphoria
- Increased alertness
- Enhanced energy
- Loss of time
Dangers of Ecstasy Abuse
The physical effects of ecstasy can interfere with the body to regulate temperature or metabolism. Chronic users may experience certain types of cognitive or memory tasks to be extremely difficult. Also, ecstasy affects the heart, and the majority of users share common side effects of ecstasy, which include:
- Loss of appetite
- Depressed feelings
- Trouble concentrating
The drug’s primary effects are in the brain on neurons that use the chemical serotonin to communicate with other neurons. The serotonin system plays an important role in regulating mood, sleep, and pain tolerance. It is highly advised not to mix this drug with other substances nor to quit rapidly without proper treatment.
Help at the Pennsylvania Drug Rehab
During the rehabilitation component of treatment, the MDMA abuser will engage in a variety of different therapies, including one-on-one counseling, small group, family educational lectures, relapse prevention groups, and didactic lectures. Due to the number of different chemicals in ecstasy, the detoxification process can be complex. Thankfully, our highly trained staff of professionals and licensed therapists can ensure safety and effectiveness throughout the recovery process.