MDMA (Ecstasy) Addiction Treatment
What is MDMA?
MDMA is short for methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a drug created from safrole oil which comes from the root bark of a sassafras plant. MDMA is a psychoactive drug which is defined as a chemical substance that affects the central nervous system (CNS). When substances influence the nervous system, it changes brain functioning and subsequently alters behavior, logic, reasoning, emotion, and consciousness. As MDMA hits the brain, the chemical neurotransmitter serotonin is released which can cause a feeling of euphoria, connectivity, and general mood elevation. Abusing MDMA is dangerous and ecstasy addiction treatment should be sought immediately
MDMA will also inhibit the natural creation of serotonin temporarily, and therefore the user craves more of the drug. In South East Asia, particularly in Cambodia, there has been a high amount of harvesting of the plant, though how much percentage is going towards making MDMA is debatable, as safrole and sassafras is used for a component in the manufacturing a variety of products. MDMA is commonly taken orally as a powder or pill and is sometimes sniffed. MDMA is an illegal drug associated with the “party scene” taken primarily by teens and young adults who often refer to it as “molly” and “ecstasy.” MDMA is sold in crystallized powder, gelcaps, pills, and salts. Powdered MDMA can be pure in form or only 30% pure cut with bulking agents and other chemicals such as caffeine, opiates, stimulants or other harmful substances. MDMA in the “rave” environment is continuously sought after and used because the scene is about accenting the drug with the music and lighting production to enhance the user’s experience. The psych0-stimulant effect at these clubs and festivals is conducive for large consumption of MDMA by attendees, and the culture is formed around the feelings that the drug gives.
The Origins of MDMA
- Teeth clenching
- Sleep disorders
- Loss of appetite
- Digestive issues
- Erectile dysfunction
- Lock jaw (Trismus)
- Lack of sleep/insomnia
- Moderate to severe fatigue
- Increased anxiety
- Mood fluctuations
- Impulsive thinking
- Boredom and restlessness
- Memory challenges
- Elevated mood
- More comfortable in social situations
- Feelings of connectivity with others
- Increased compassion and empathy
- Increased energy levels
- Increase of senses and pleasure response to senses
The Long-term effects of MDMA
Studies have been inconclusive regarding a comprehensive list of the long-term effects that MDMA may have upon the mild-moderate MDMA user, though there has been enough evidence regarding the adverse reactions for those who partake with using large doses for an extended period of time. Moderate users are measured as those who have consumed less than 100 tablets in their life, whereas higher-risk users are more than 100 tablets. Higher users have been tested to show that there has been some brain damage and neurodegeneration in several areas of the brain by the use of MDMA. Also noted has been a reduction in gray matter density with people using MDMA both in short and long-term users.
- Long-term impairments can include:
- Attention and focusing issues
- Cognitive impairment
- Memory problems
- Sleep disorders
- Increased risk-taking and impulsiveness
- Depression, especially between use
- Increase the possibility of environmental toxins
- Inflammation of the central nervous system
How Do Treatment Centers Help MDMA Addiction?
One of the most predominate withdrawal symptoms that MDMA will cause on the user is depression, which can last up to a week after the last use. There is also an increase in anxiety, and some memory loss, which may increase both anxiety and depression. When people snort MDMA, it causes a more severe withdrawal and may cause nasal pain that results in small tears inside the cavity that need to heal. Most users take MDMA in pill form, however. The amount of detox depends on how much and how long someone has used MDMA, and if they are poly drug users (using more than one or swapping one drug for two or more) at a time. Many teens and young adults are polydrug users, the main reason is experimentation of drugs, and the other is the accessibility and affordability of certain substances. Clubbing, raves, groups, and gatherings lend themselves to the younger crowd. Dosage is measured in milligrams (mg) and is suggested that a user start at a low dose (60-90 mg) while a heavy dose would be at 200 mg or more. This also depends on body size and sensitivity to substances. Doses can last for a few hours, when people often reuse after 3-4 hours to continue the effect. Though they don’t need to up the amount, they may, causing a more severe come down after the second dose wears off. The body can build up a tolerance to MDMA, and it should not be used on a regular basis since it causes a large amount of serotonin to be released by the brain. It takes the brain a few months to replenish serotonin levels naturally after taking MDMA, so if people use the drug more than once every three months or so, the withdrawal from it can become especially severe when it comes to depression. MDMA may not be as dangerous as other drugs like cocaine, alcohol, or opiates, but it can lead to complications and be psychologically difficult. Along with severe depression, a user in withdrawal may experience:
- High levels of anxiety
- Decreased appetite
- Mood swings
Being in ecstasy addiction treatment can help a person get back to a normal balance without the use of the drug. Some medications may be prescribed to assist the user throughout the detoxification process which will stabilize mood, help them sleep, and reduce anxiety. The safest, most effective treatment for coming off of MDMA is to enroll in an in-patient facility. Vogue Recovery Center will be able to monitor symptoms, provide medically assisted detox, and create a long-term plan to help their clients obtain a life without the use of substances, like MDMA.
MDMA Addiction Treatment
MDMA (Ecstasy) addiction treatment at Vogue Recovery Center includes expert psychotherapy and a multidisciplinary approach designed to give you a customized goal-oriented experience. Utilizing the science of addiction medicine in a comfortable, exclusive environment – Vogue provides an abundance of comfort and path to restoration. Using a solution-focused approach, our team will address the many reasons you began abusing MDMA Ecstasy. Taking into consideration your family history, traumatic life events, unique stress factors, relationship challenges and individual patterns – our experts will assess your strengths and weaknesses and design a customized treatment plan that meets your personal needs.