What Is MDMA?
3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), better known as “ecstasy,” “molly,” or “E,” is a synthetic drug, usually consumed in a pill, tablet, or capsule form. This illegal drug is unique because it has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects, which is why it’s used mostly as a party drug. Stimulant effects in the drug cause the user to feel a heightened feeling of pleasure, an increased feeling of self-confidence and boosted energy. The hallucinogenic effects create a sense of peacefulness and empathy towards others. It has been reported that users of MDMA have an unusual feeling of connectedness with others, even total strangers. A user will abuse ecstasy for it side effects, which include:
- Diminishing inhibitions
- The user feeling a state of euphoria
- Strengthened feelings of connectedness with others
- Increased pleasure from physical touch
- Increased alertness
- Enhanced energy
- Loss of time
Dangers Of Ecstasy Abuse
Ecstasy is at most times taken with other drugs such as caffeine, ketamine, and cocaine. In addition, users may take multiple does of MDMA, which can seriously damage a user’s body. Extreme or high doses of the drug can affect the body’s ability to regulate temperature. This can result in organ failure, such as heart, kidney and liver. In more severe cases, death has even occurred.
Furthermore, because MDMA is known to lower a person’s inhibitions and create a sense of closeness with others, ecstasy users are more apt to have unprotected sex which can result in unwanted pregnancy and the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
MDMA triggers reactions in brain chemicals to produce these effects. Research believe users’ brains are flooded with serotonin, the chemical that mediates many pleasurable effects. However, once the user stops taking the drug, he/she can experience withdrawal symptoms.
An individual can experience physical withdrawal symptoms that are usually uncomfortable, but highly unlikely to be life-threatening. On the other hand, MDMA can produce serious psychological withdrawal symptoms for an abuser of the drug. Attempting to quit “cold turkey” is strongly discouraged and seeking the aid of a medical and/or addictions professionals is imperative to a person’s health and safety. Some of the withdrawal symptoms you should be aware of include:
- Cravings & Obsessions
- Poor memory
- Change in self-perception
- Decreased Appetite
Because MDMA is usually cut with other chemicals and/or drugs, it is difficult to determine how each person will react. This is also the case for the detox process. What one person experiences during withdrawal, may be entirely different for another.
Warning Signs Of Ecstasy Abuse
- Dilated Pupils
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Weight Loss
- Attending raves or all-night dance parties
- Dental issues produced by the grinding of teeth
- Having multiple sexual partners
- Cognitive and/or memory issues
Clearbrook’s Ecstasy Addiction Treatment Program
For more than 40 years, Clearbrook Treatment Centers has been dedicated to helping thousands with their MDMA addictions. Located in the heart of Northeastern Pennsylvania, we provide a specialized ecstasy addiction treatment program to anyone who is suffering from this terrible disease and is ready to get sober.
Due to the number of different chemicals in ecstasy, the detoxification process can be complex. When a person is admitted to Clearbrook Treatment Centers, they will be evaluated by our medical team and given a specifically designed detox protocol and treatment plans. After receiving a specialized medicated detoxification at our state-of-the-art detox unit, our dedicated staff will help the ecstasy sufferer get to the root of his/her addiction. 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. During the course of treatment, the patient will also be introduced to the 12-step philosophy and local 12-step meetings. Before a patient leaves our program, we also make sure to craft an aftercare plan that will help the addict maintain lasting sobriety. As we all come from different walks of life and experiences, treatment and aftercare is not a one-size-fits-all method. What may be beneficial for one person, may be entirely wrong for another. With our “Patients Come First” philosophy, we make it our mission to always advocate for the patient and family.
If you or a loved one is addicted to Ecstasy, don’t wait any longer. Contact Clearbrook Treatment Centers and enter our Ecstasy Addiction Treatment Program now.