Understanding Ecstasy MDMA Addiction
Commonly known as “ecstasy,” MDMA (chemical name 3,4 methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is a synthetic substance which produces psychoactive effects (i.e., it influences perception). Ecstasy is different from other substances in that it’s both a hallucinogen and stimulant that causes the user to experience higher energy and emotional sensitivity. In the brain, ecstasy causes the brain to release serotonin, a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) that works as a short-term antidepressant by elevating mood.
It’s sold in tablet form, usually in different colors and with different maker logos. Ecstasy is distinguished from “Molly,” which is MDMA in powder in a capsule. Molly may be pure or cut with additives whereas ecstasy contains little MDMA and is usually cut with other things like speed or heroin.
There are many street names for MDMA or ecstasy including:
- California Sunrise
- Love Drug
- Love Pill
Although the substance may not be physically addictive, using ecstasy is never a safe thing to do. Users who have died following use of ecstasy rarely die from overdose. Rather, multiple factors, such as heatstroke or an existing heart condition, can contribute to death. In addition to health hazards, users should be mindful of the criminal risks; possession of ecstasy is illegal and can carry long prison sentences in some jurisdictions.
Signs of Ecstasy MDMA Use
It takes about 20-30 minutes following the consumption of ecstasy for its effects to take hold. The duration and intensity of the effects of ecstasy depend on different factors like other substances consumed. Generally, psychoactive effects of MDMA can last between one and three hours. However, there are reports of residual effects, such as depression and anxiety lasting for weeks after use.
Some of the signs that someone may be taking MDMA or ecstasy include:
- Intense focus on senses
- Rapid eye movement
- Severe paranoia or anxiety
- Jaw clenching
- Trance-like state
- Unusually affectionate behavior
- Vomiting, nausea
- Sweating, chills
Treatment Options for MDMA Abuse
At this time, there are no specialized treatment approaches for ecstasy use specifically. However, ecstasy abusers have been responsive to traditional rehab treatment methodologies including:
- Medical detox
- Inpatient treatment programs
- Group and individual therapy
- Outpatient programs
Although there are no targeted medications that are presently approved to treat ecstasy abuse, antidepressants may be prescribed in the case of a co-occurring mental health disorder.
Ecstasy MDMA Addiction Treatment
The Recovery Village Ridgefield offers ecstasy MDMA treatment for patients in residential treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient proograms and outpatient treatment programs. Our facility also offers aftercare programs for patients which have shown to be effective. If you are considering seeking treatment for your ecstasy/MDMA addiction, give us a call today and allow us to help you get your life back on track.