Ecstasy Addiction and Abuse

A “party drug” popular among young people and commonly known as ecstasy or molly, MDMA abuse can cause serious and long-lasting side effects.

Understanding Ecstasy, MDMA, and Molly

Ecstasy or molly is the street name for a version of MDMA, or 3,4 methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. It is an illegal, synthetic drug classified as a stimulant with potentially hallucinogenic properties. Both ecstasy and molly are made from MDMA. However, ecstasy is used to describe a designer version in pill or tablet form; molly is used for the white powder or crystal-like substance.

Although molly is marketed as a pure form of MDMA, there is no way for users to know what’s in it. Molly and ecstasy may be cut with other ingredients, including:

  • Cocaine
  • LSD
  • Heroin
  • Amphetamine
  • Caffeine
  • Rat poison

MDMA in its pure form is difficult to come by. MDMA is classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. If you or someone you care about has a problem with ecstasy, get in touch with us now for help.

Ecstasy Effects and Abuse

Ecstasy and molly are mostly common found at dance clubs and raves, allowing the user to take advantage of their heightened sensations. They promote a feeling of well-being, happiness and friendliness. These drugs enhance the user’s sense of sight, sound, smell and touch. The effects of Ecstasy use include:

  • Euphoria
  • Heightened senses
  • Calmness and relaxation
  • Long-lasting energy
  • Empathy for others
  • Lowered inhibitions

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Addiction to Ecstasy/MDMA

Recognizing an ecstasy addiction can be difficult because the drug lacks obvious withdrawal symptoms and is often used among young people in social settings. Continued use of ecstasy can lead to psychological and physical dependence.

Criteria include developing a tolerance to ecstasy, spending an extraordinary amount of time trying to get it, and using more of it than intended. Find out more about the criteria of diagnosing an addiction.

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Treating an Ecstasy Addiction

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an ecstasy use disorder, now’s the time to ask for help. Learn more about treatment for ecstasy abuse and addiction or call us right now for more information on your options.

Signs of Ecstasy Abuse

Knowing the signs of ecstasy abuse can help you recognize what’s happening to you or someone you love.

Most people who use ecstasy or molly experience increased energy and enhanced self-confidence, believing that everyone around them is their friend.

Some of the common signs of ecstasy use include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Unnatural, long-lasting energy
  • Inability to feel, or reduced sense of, pain
  • Desire to touch or be touched
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Staying awake for days at a time
  • Paranoia

The Dangers of Ecstasy

Ecstasy is responsible for many deaths and thousands of hospital visits each year, proving it is not as harmless as dealers would like users to believe.

In part because ecstasy is often taken at raves or night clubs, the user runs a high risk of becoming dehydrated or overheating. In some cases, undiagnosed heart defects can be aggravated by the effects of the drug, causing heart failure. If you know someone who is abusing ecstasy, get in touch with us now to get immediate help.

Immediate Side Effects of Ecstasy Abuse

Negative side effects of ecstasy use can come about while the user is still under the influence or after they have come down from their high. Some of these common side effects also include:

  • Anxiety
  • Blackouts
  • Jaundice
  • Mood swings
  • Shallow breath
  • Liver dysfunction
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Recognizing an Ecstasy Addiction

Ecstasy abuse usually begins out of curiosity or experimentation, but continued abuse can turn into an addiction. The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders rates ecstasy addiction from mild to severe and outlines 11 criteria for diagnosing an addiction. Learn more about the symptoms of addiction.

Ecstasy Withdrawal, Treatment and Next Steps

A person addicted to ecstasy may exhibit physical and/or psychological signs of withdrawal when quitting use. Withdrawal symptoms arise because the body and mind are chemically dependent on ecstasy to achieve feelings of normalcy.

There are several ways to find recovery from an ecstasy addiction. Through the treatment process, addicts are forced to confront their problem. Find a treatment center that specializes in ecstasy addiction now.

What is Ecstasy Withdrawal?

The symptoms of ecstasy withdrawal tend to be primarily psychological, but some users experience physical effects as well. The symptoms and duration of withdrawal vary by person. Some of the things that affect the withdrawal process include:

  • Tolerance
  • The frequency and duration of drug use
  • Metabolism and overall health

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Withdrawal from ecstasy can produce serious psychological symptoms and some users may experience physical discomfort. However, the physical effects are typically mild and not life-threatening. Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Memory problems
  • Changes in self-perception

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Duration of Withdrawal

Like the withdrawal symptoms of ecstasy, the duration of the process is different for everyone. Symptoms usually peak within a few days of quitting the drug and last about a week. Severe psychological symptoms, like depression and cravings, may persist for several weeks to several months.

Ecstasy Withdrawal Timeline

Days 1-3 Withdrawal symptoms begin within a few days of quitting ecstasy. Anxiety, irritability, insomnia, an inability to concentrate, paranoia and depression may present quickly and intensely. Users may also lose their appetite and feel physically and mentally tired.
Days 4-10 Most withdrawal symptoms last about a week and will lessen in severity toward the end of that time. Depression, cravings and problems with sleeping, concentration and memory may persist.
Days 11+ Over the next few weeks, depression can be severe as the user’s brain chemistry continues to readjust. The user may still struggle with cravings, insomnia, and concentration and memory problems. These symptoms will eventually fade, but it can take weeks or even months for some users to be completely free of the effects of withdrawal.

Treatment for Ecstasy Addiction

Those struggling with an addiction to ecstasy usually find their best chance at recovery comes from inpatient treatment. A drug treatment center provides a safe, controlled environment in which ecstasy users can work toward recovery. Outpatient treatment is also an option for those who do not have the time or resources to attend inpatient rehab.

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Ecstasy Addiction Treatment

The first step in overcoming any addiction is detoxification of the drug from the user’s system. This is sometimes the most difficult part of recovery. After detoxification, treatment options for staying off the drug range from inpatient to outpatient rehabilitation and counseling. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an ecstasy addiction, get in touch with us now for help.

Treatment Centers for Ecstasy Addiction

Because ecstasy is rarely abused alone, treatment plans should be tailored to the individual needs of the person looking for help.

There are many reputable, successful treatment centers that can help with an ecstasy addiction, including:

We can help you find a rehab to overcome your ecstasy addiction. Call us now for more information.

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Get Help for Your Ecstasy Addiction Now

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an ecstasy addiction, the next step is to ask for help. Our counselors can help you evaluate your treatment options and find the best way to pay for treatment. Give us a call today.