MDMA Addiction Treatment

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

Though MDMA is the base for ecstasy, it is often used in a small amount in the drug. People often use ecstasy as a base for MDMA along with other substances, such as cocaine, ketamine, methamphetamine or over-the-counter cough medicine. Either way, 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 for 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
  • Loss of appetite
  • Persistent thirst

Effects of MDMA on human brain

MDMA affects three chemicals in the human brain – dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin.
MDMA makes the brain release a large amount of dopamine, which in turn, leads to increased energy and euphoria. The high volume of norepinephrine released by the human brain leads to an increase in the heart rate and blood pressure. Serotonin released due to MDMA use creates emotional closeness, elevated mood and feeling of empathy.

After prolonged use of MDMA, the brains eventually cease to produce the chemicals on its own. This, in turn, makes it difficult to feel certain emotions without the drug. This is a double-edged sword – more the drug used, fewer the effects one experiences with time. This is called tolerance and it could lead to MDMA abuse, where people end up consuming the drug too much or too often to feel the desired effects, or even the usual emotions. MDMA abuse, in turn, can lead to MDMA dependence and addiction.

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Seeking treatment for MDMA addiction

The treatment for MDMA addiction helps in breaking free of the dependence on the drug as well as in saving people from the deadly effects of the drug use. MDMA dependence and MDMA addiction can be hard to halt or control, as withdrawal symptoms that are often uncomfortable, can cause a relapse.

Withdrawal symptoms associated with MDMA are relatively mild, yet one should not ignore them. Some of these symptoms include:

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

An individual willing to break free from MDMA addiction should opt for a recovery program under the guidance of an addiction treatment expert and/or at a licensed drug treatment center. This usually involves a medical detox program, where the recovering individual is prepared to lessen or stop the drug use while medical professionals treat the withdrawal symptoms as they occur. This is accompanied by therapy and counseling to address the causes for abuse and facilitate a full and lasting recovery.

Why choose Sovereign Health of Florida

Patients coming to Sovereign Health of Florida can seek MDMA addiction treatment at either the Fort Myers or the Pompano Beach treatment facility in Florida. As the first step to MDMA addiction treatment, our treatment specialists conduct a thorough physical and psychological evaluation of the individual to look at his/her primary symptoms and identify any underlying illnesses that could be contributing to the abuse, such as a mental disorder.

If experts determine the need for detoxification treatment for any patient, they recommend treatment at the Fort Myers treatment center. Recovering individuals can choose to stay in our residential facilities, where they can receive 24/7 care in an environment that promotes healing and recovery. However, the consulting expert usually determines the need and recommends the program accordingly.

Once patients finish MDMA detox treatment at our specialized MDMA detox centers, they attend therapy and counseling at either of the treatment location. This can involve individual therapy, group therapy, process groups and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Holistic therapies, such as yoga or art therapy, are available as well. Sovereign Health of Florida also offers continuing care programs, such as 12-step meetings or educational events, so that the patients can continue to receive support after returning to routine life. This helps them regain control of their lives and health.

Our holistic approach to treatment gives us an edge over other behavioral healthcare providers. Contact our 24/7 helpline, to get more information about our MDMA addiction treatment programs, the admissions process, insurance paperwork and more. You can also chat online with our representatives for any admissions- or treatment-related queries.

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