MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly) Addiction

Ecstasy, MDMAYou may have been exposed to 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) at parties, dance clubs or around friends. It’s easy to try this drug when everyone else is taking it and assuring you that it’s safe and fun.

You may even have had fun when you first took it. But has that experience changed? Have you continued to take MDMA and not always had a good experience? Maybe it has started creating problems in your life. It’s possible that you’ve become addicted to the drug.

Addiction treatment professionals can assess you to learn whether this drug has become a problem for you. If so, they can apply substance use treatment practices to the use of this drug.  As well as create an individualized plan to help you with your unique needs.

What Is MDMA?

MDMA is a synthetic drug with components that make it similar to hallucinogens and stimulants. MDMA is a recreational drug, although it is being considered as a prescription drug for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

As a word of caution, you might not always be taking pure MDMA when you think you are.  “Molly,” should be pure MDMA, whereas the drug “Ecstasy” tends to be MDMA mixed with other substances. Nonetheless, testing on Molly has shown that it’s not always pure. Both Molly and Ecstasy have included other drugs such as meth, synthetic cathinones (bath salts) or caffeine. Because of this, you could experience effects from other substances and even from the combination of substances when you take MDMA.

How Does MDMA Affect the Body?

MDMA affects your mood and the way you perceive the world around you. It can make you feel euphoric and energetic but out-of-touch with reality. It can also cause physical and mental symptoms. Symptoms such as nausea and trouble sleeping, when you use it and up to a week after use.

It’s also possible that you could become addicted to MDMA. Nonetheless, experts have not been able to conclusively decide if MDMA is actually addictive. There has been evidence that it affects brain chemicals similarly to other drugs. Unfortunately, not enough high-quality research has been done on this subject. Also, studies that have been conducted did not always agree on results.

While some drugs can lead to addiction by releasing the brain chemical dopamine and getting the brain dependent on this action, MDMA more so affects the brain chemical serotonin, which is involved with eating, mood and sleeping. Nonetheless, it does also release dopamine. Dopamine is associated with pleasure and reward, and norepinephrine, which affects physiological processes such as blood pressure.

However, some people have self-reported experiencing symptoms of addiction to MDMA. For example, they experience withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop. This can include symptoms such as depression and fatigue. However, they keep using MDMA even though it has negative effects in their lives. Does this sound like your story?

Treatment for MDMA

In many cases, people who use MDMA also use marijuana, alcohol or other drugs. If this is your situation, we can tailor our treatment to address co-occurring substance use disorders to other addictive substances. We can also address any mental health disorders you may have.

Behavioral therapy has helped people with MDMA addiction. At Transformations Treatment Center, we can provide different forms of therapy within your treatment plan. This is part of our rehab problem, which we tailor to individualized programs, tracks and levels depending on your unique situation. We offer partial hospitalization, outpatient programs and an intensive outpatient program. Our programs are tailored to fit the needs of all our clients.

We also have a detoxification program through our facility Summit Detox. This step of recovery takes place before rehab. During detox, you stop using the drug. We help you get through any symptoms of withdrawal in a safe and effective way. It becomes easier for you to stay on track when your withdrawal period is managed. Once you have completed detox, you will be ready to address the causes of your addiction and ways to live a healthier life during rehab treatment.

When you have finished rehab, we continue to keep you part of our family by including you in our aftercare program. This means that we connect with you after you have left our rehab program, checking in to make sure you’re doing okay with your new life and give support if you’re struggling. By providing this service, we can help prevent a recurrence of symptoms so you can stay on the new path of your life.

Start Your Journey To Recovery Today

We can help determine whether MDMA is causing addictive behaviors in your life. If it is, we can provide an individualized treatment plan to help you overcome the addiction and discover a way forward without it. At Transformations Treatment Center, we take a holistic and individualized approach to addiction treatment. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we will fit them to your unique needs.

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