MDMA is a powerful stimulant drug that can quickly lead to addiction when abused. People with MDMA addiction often face severe side effects when they suddenly stop using and may return to active substance use before completing the withdrawal stage. Fortunately, MDMA detox can provide targeted relief for people suffering from MDMA withdrawal symptoms.
MDMA is shorthand for the chemical methylenedioxymethamphetamine and is commonly referred to as ecstasy. Like its close chemical cousin, methamphetamine, MDMA is a powerful central nervous system stimulant that has a wide range of effects on the body and brain.
People who use MDMA recreationally report feeling an overwhelming feeling of euphoria, closeness with others, and a restless sense of frantic energy. This can quickly lead to addiction, which can cause long-term structural brain changes that make it difficult for people to stop using on their own.
Ecstasy addiction comes with a host of negative consequences. They can include:
Many people will also experience large personality and behavioral shifts as a result of their drug abuse. This could include beginning to lie about their activities to families and friends, stealing money to purchase drugs, or having sudden mood swings that were never apparent before.
One of the most difficult aspects of overcoming MDMA addiction is the experience of debilitating withdrawal symptoms. Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms are a result of the structural changes that occur in the brain of a person who frequently uses MDMA. Withdrawal can include both physical and psychological symptoms.
The physical ecstasy withdrawal symptoms include:
Compared to other drugs, the physical symptoms of ecstasy withdrawal are somewhat mild, but the psychological symptoms are often much more severe.
Psychological MDMA withdrawal symptoms can be extremely severe and are often the reason that people return to active addiction rather than completing the withdrawal process. Just a few of the psychological withdrawal symptoms from MDMA include:
Many of these psychological symptoms can last weeks or months. Thankfully, there are several treatment options available to help people struggling with ecstasy addiction achieve recovery and break through this difficult first stage of sobriety.
Medical detox brings together a host of medical and addiction professionals working together to ensure that people withdrawing from ecstasy find tangible relief. Targeted medications can alleviate many of the most severe ecstasy withdrawal symptoms and help people to rest and recover in a safe environment.
During MDMA detox, patients are medically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Treatment providers pay careful attention to the symptoms of withdrawal and have several treatments and therapies available that can help people feel more comfortable during this phase of recovery.
MDMA detox is typically broken into three distinct stages. Each of these stages focuses on a different aspect of MDMA recovery and sets people on the path to long-term abstinence.
The assessment stage is the first element of a successful detox from MDMA. During this stage, treatment providers perform a variety of assessments and diagnostic procedures to determine the course of detox treatment.
Several factors play an important role in determining the best treatment for MDMA addiction, including:
During your assessment in detox, the treatment team will assess these factors and determine the best course for your addiction treatment.
The stabilization phase focuses on alleviating the psychological and physical symptoms of ecstasy withdrawal. This is the longest phase in MDMA treatment, as withdrawals can take several days to a week or longer.
During this period, medical professionals closely attend to patients to ensure that they are safe, healthy, and comfortable. Clients get to focus their energy entirely on feeling better and have their basic and medical needs looked after by professionals.
The last stage of the medically assisted detox process is transition. While medical detox is an important first step in overcoming MDMA abuse and drug addiction in general, it isn’t enough to produce a lasting recovery. It has to be followed by an intensive addiction treatment program where people can learn the skills and tools required to maintain their abstinence for years to come.
As such, detox professionals carefully plan the next step for their clients after detox. At Gloria Rehab, this transition phase is greatly simplified because our medical detox center and inpatient treatment program are connected through a single, comprehensive care model.
Inpatient treatment is the next step after detox. At our premier addiction treatment center, we use several evidence-based strategies to help people cope with the long-term side effects of ecstasy addiction and learn to live better lives in recovery.
Together, these treatments work to help our clients find hope and strength in their new lives in recovery. Decades of research have shown that they are effective at reducing the rate of relapse, increasing the likelihood of treatment success, and improving the quality of life for people under our care.
When you’re ready to start the path to overcoming MDMA addiction, reach out to our team by filling out our confidential online contact form. Our comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment center has all the tools you need to find success in your recovery journey and start living the life you deserve.
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