MDMA, otherwise known as ecstasy or Molly, is a synthetic drug that can cause an individual to feel euphoric, emotional warmth, and more energized. It’s classified as a hallucinogen and stimulant. The hallucinogenic aspect can cause one to feel out of touch with reality and see things that aren’t there. The stimulant aspect can give them a good-sized boost of energy.
This may sound non-threatening, but the reality is that MDMA can be harmful in several ways, including becoming physically dependent or addicted to the drug.
Molly is popular in the younger population, used primarily in clubs, festivals, and raves. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that the drug is predominately used by men in the 18-25 age range. However, older adults use MDMA too.
MDMA is usually taken in capsule form and the effects last between three to six hours. Once the “high” wears off, it’s usually followed by feelings of deep sadness or depression, anxiety, and confusion.
There is a popular belief that MDMA is not addictive. However, studies show that it affects the same brain region and neurotransmitters as many other addictive drugs. The three main brain chemicals that are affected are dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These increase when MDMA is taken.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that research has not proven that the drug is addictive. However, there are some people that report that they have indeed become addicted to MDMA and continue to use it even when they suffer negative consequences.
Those that use MDMA short or long-term may experience a series of negative side effects. Physically, the short-term effects of the drug can cause them to feel nauseated, have blurry vision, lose their appetite, have trouble focusing, feel a rise in body temperature, and vomiting. They may also have trouble getting a good night’s rest.
Long-term use can cause teeth problems, as the drug can wear the teeth down. It can also prompt teeth grinding, which can cause damage to the teeth.
Long-term use on the cardiovascular system can cause an irregular heartbeat and increase blood pressure. Over time, this increases the risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.
Long-term use can also damage the kidneys and liver.
Using MDMA can cause mood changes short-term, as well as emotional issues long-term. Those that become accustomed to using MDMA may experience anxiety or depression when they stop using the drug. Additional ways the drug can affect mental health include making poor decisions, impulsiveness, and lower sex drive.
Fortunately, there are treatment options for those that are struggling with addiction to MDMA. Seeking professional help is oftentimes necessary to overcome drug dependency. Treatment for MDMA addiction may involve a detox period to allow for the body to get used to not having the drug in its system.
Withdrawal symptoms may not be as harsh as some other drugs, such as opioids, but they can still pose some challenges or uncomfortable feelings.
A detox may be coupled with professional therapy, ultimately aiming at equipping one with better skills to stay on the road to sobriety.
Treatment options include:
Overcoming addiction to MDMA or another drug oftentimes requires treatment from substance abuse professionals at a recovery facility. You’ll get help from certified, experienced professionals, which ultimately increases your chances of overcoming the addiction for good.
Residential treatment centers are quite helpful because they offer an ideal environment free from temptations and distractions. You get to focus solely on yourself.
Into Action Recovery Society offers personalized, evidence-based treatment for addiction, including MDMA addiction. We’re staffed with some of the best addiction recovery professionals who will come alongside you to help you learn the most effective tools for overcoming addiction.
To increase the likelihood of complete recovery from addiction, we offer phases of treatment.
The “First Stage Residential Program” is a 60-day program for men struggling with MDMA or another addiction. You have two months to solely focus on your recovery in a home-like atmosphere that’s safe, aesthetically pleasing, and comfortable. It’s designed to help you feel like you are at home.
Once you complete the residential program, you can choose to enter the “Second Stage Transitional Program”. Here, you can enjoy an additional 30 days to strengthen your recovery foundation with continued accountability and structure. If you have a job or attend school, you can leave the home and return once you’re finished.
For those who may not feel ready after completed the second stage transitional program, you can choose Long-Term Sober Living.
Here, you can continue to live in a structured home-like atmosphere until you feel strong enough to get out there with your own apartment or home.
All our programs incorporate treatment modalities that help you with your unique needs and goals, such as:
We are committed to helping you get free from MDMA addiction and go on to live the kind of life you truly desire. Overcoming an addiction to MDMA or another drug may not be as tough as you think. There are plenty of effective treatments and professionals available to help you.
Feel free to contact us today with any questions or concerns. We’d be happy to assist you with taking your first steps toward a life free from addiction and creating the kind of life you truly desire.