MDMA Addiction Treatment

MDMA, short for 3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a synthetic psychoactive drug, with hallucinogenic and stimulant properties. It is the base of the drug ecstasy and usually comes in pill or tablet form. People who use it experience increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth and a distorted sensory and time perception.

While MDMA is the base for ecstasy, it is often found only a small amount in the drug. Oftentimes, ecstasy is cut with other substances, meaning along with MDMA, there could also be cocaine, ketamine, methamphetamine or over-the-counter cough medicine in a pill of ecstasy.  Either way, cut MDMA and pure MDMA is dangerous in high doses due to its side effects, which include:

  • Involuntary jaw clenching and teeth grinding
  • Nausea
  • Chills, sweating
  • Muscle cramping
  • Blurred vision
  • Marked rise in body temperature (hyperthermia)
  • Dehydration
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat and heart failure
  • Kidney failure

Though the initial effects of MDMA die down after several hours, some effects can last more than a week. These can include:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Memory loss
  • Decreased libido and pleasure from sex
  • Marked disturbance in mental abilities
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Irritability, aggression or Impulsiveness
  • Sadness
  • No appetite
  • Persistent thirst

How MDMA Works In The Brain

MDMA affects three chemicals in the brain: dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin.

MDMA makes the brain release large amounts of dopamine, which causes the euphoria and increased energy. The large amount of norepinephrine increases heart rate and blood pressure. The flood of serotonin MDMA releases creates the emotional closeness, elevated mood and empathy many people feel when using the drug.

If people keep using MDMA, eventually the brain no longer produces the chemicals on its own, and people may no longer be able to feel certain emotions without the drug. This is a double-edged sword however, as the more a person uses the drug, the less it affects them. This is called tolerance and it could lead to MDMA abuse, where people take more and more of the drug to feel something. This can lead to MDMA dependence and MDMA addiction.

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MDMA Treatment

Treatment for MDMA addiction can be vital to allow someone to break free of their dependence and, often, to save their lives from the sometimes deadly effects of the drug. MDMA dependence and MDMA addiction can be hard to halt as withdrawal symptoms which are often uncomfortable can spur someone towards relapse. Withdrawal symptoms of MDMA are relatively mild, but still serious. Some of the MDMA withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Fatigue
  • Memory problems

Recovering from MDMA should be performed with a physician’s help at a drug treatment center. Treatment for MDMA addiction involves medical detox, where an individual lessens or stops using a drug while medical professionals treat their withdrawal symptoms along with therapy and counseling to address their reasons for abuse.

Treatment for MDMA addiction should start with a medical exam that looks for any co-occurring disorders which can affect a person’s recovery if not addressed.

Recovering From MDMA At Sovereign Health of Florida

Patients can find MDMA addiction treatment at both our Fort Myers and Pompano Beach locations in Florida. To start MDMA addiction treatment we begin with a physical and psychological evaluation that looks at primary symptoms and underlying ones to determine if there are any underlying issues, such as a mental health disorder, that could be contributing to the MDMA abuse. We create customized treatment plans that work to help an individual regain control of their life and health.

If MDMA detox is needed, patients can get treatment at our Fort Myers treatment center. They may choose to stay in our residential facilities, where they can receive 24/7 care in an environment that promotes healing and recovery. Once they finish detox, patients continue on to address their addiction with therapy and counseling at either of our Florida locations. This can involve individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Holistic therapies are offered as well, such as yoga or art therapy.

Sovereign Health of Florida also offers continuing care programs, such as 12-step meetings or educational events so our patients can continue to receive support as they work to regain control of their lives and health.

For more information about our MDMA addiction treatment program at Sovereign Health, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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