Ecstasy Addiction or MDMA Addiction
Yes, ecstasy addiction is possible. Most users who take ecstasy report feeling a pleasant, relaxing effect with the drug. MDMA affects the brains’ neurotransmitters, primarily serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin regulates mood, sex drive, sleep, pain and appetite. MDMA causes the brain to release high levels of serotonin or “happy hormones”.
The feelings MDMA produces are perhaps its most addictive force. Often times users will also be drawn to the drug for its weight loss effects as appetite decreases during and after use. When the user comes down, they experience ecstasy withdrawal symptoms as a result of draining their levels of serotonin. The user may feel depressed, tired or irritable. MDMA dependency will result in creating such low levels of serotonin in the addict, that they are only able to feel happy when taking the drug again.
Long-Term Effects of Ecstasy Addiction
The more a person uses ecstasy, the harder the come down becomes each time, which is often the reason why users continue to take the drug. Long-term health effects of ecstasy addiction include:
- MDMA/Ecstasy dependency
- Memory loss
- Brain damage
- Lowered immune system
- Suicidal thoughts
For those with pre-disposed conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, panic attacks, psychiatric disorders or a history of seizures, negative effects of the drug can increase, and ecstasy can become toxic sometimes after just one dose.
Treatment Options for Ecstasy Addiction
The severity of the addiction will determine whether a person suffering from ecstasy addiction should seek treatment from an inpatient or outpatient rehab facility. For those who are still able to function relatively normally in daily life – or rather have not ‘lost everything’ – outpatient addiction treatment is a viable option.
For those suffering from a more severe addiction, however, it is recommended to seek treatment at an inpatient (residential) treatment facility.
Reasons to Choose Residential Rehab for Ecstasy Addiction
Even without severe addiction, many addicts choose to undergo treatment at an inpatient facility due to its many benefits. These benefits include:
- Private location.
Being completely removed from home, away from the people, places and events that could trigger drug use is not only beneficial to some, but necessary. The less temptation there is to use the drug, the freer the addict is to focus on achieving success in addiction recovery.
- Dual-diagnosis treatment.
In many cases, there is a co-occurring disorder such as anxiety, depression or mood disorder that needs to be treated alongside addiction. Inpatient rehab allows time for a full diagnosis and treatment of this co-occurring disorder while simultaneously being treated for ecstasy addiction.
Of course, all treatment undergone during residential rehab is kept strictly confidential.
- Comprehensive treatment programme.
Along with group and one-on-one counselling sessions, residential rehab provides further helpful therapies including art therapy, drama therapy, physical fitness and more.
- Less stress.
During residential rehab, it is the goal of staff members to ensure that clients have only one thing to think about – getting healthy! There is no worry of where to be or what to eat – all of that is taken care of for you.
- 24-hour care.
Addiction treatment can be an emotional rollercoaster which is why many addicts enjoy having counsellors or support workers available 24 hours a day – just in case they need a should to lean on to get them through the day.
How Long does MDMA Addiction Treatment Take?
Every case is different. The appropriate treatment time is determined by the severity of the addiction, how long the addict has been using, and how quickly they seem to adapt to the addiction treatment method. As a general rule, however, we recommend a minimum stay of 28 days to reap the full benefits of inpatient treatment.