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Ecstasy and MDMA Addiction Treatment

Ecstasy/MDMA – Much Like Cocaine

Ecstasy/MDMAs are similar in many ways to cocaine, and other addictive drugs, including amphetamines. Presenting the body with similar physical and emotional addicting pressures, they provide highs that induce euphoria, followed by depressive and anxiety symptoms that can last for weeks after use. The drug abuses and ultimately damages the serotonin systems of the brain.

Treatment of Ecstasy/MDMA addictions:

  • How does serotonin support a high?
  • What does damage to the serotonin systems of the brain mean?
  • Withdrawal from ecstasy.
  • Long term challenges of treatment.

Serotonin, Subtle Stabilizer

Serotonin, sometimes called the “happiness hormone,” is one of the most useful and fundamental of the brain’s chemical arsenal. A derivative of tryptophan and vitamin B, serotonin helps regulate sleep, mood, appetite, weight gain and loss, and more. Linked into particular neuroreceptors, it triggers feelings of happiness and euphoria. Ecstasy makes use of the same receptors, simultaneously triggering stronger and more extreme euphoria, blocking the receptor for use by its appropriate hormone, and doing long-term damage, preventing future use. Over a 4-day period of Ecstasy use, the damage done is severe enough to last for years after. Long-term ecstasy use can do permanent crippling damage to the serotonin system of the brain.

Results of Damage to the Serotonin System

Damage to the serotonin system can mean an enormous range of problems. Because the serotonin system is involved in the regulation of so many of the body’s systems, short term damage to the system can be reflected in depression, mood swings, cognitive disorders, appetite loss or gain, and sleep disorders. Long-term damage is proven to involve reduction in both long and short-term memory function.

What is Detox from Ecstasy Like?

Depending on how long an addict has been using Ecstasy, the experience of detox can be minor or major. The drug itself is generally entirely gone from the body within a matter of two to five days. The aftermath is usually complete within two weeks. The experience commonly involves depression, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, paranoia, and more.

During detox, patients receive capable medical attention combined with counseling to help combat the negative sensations of withdrawal. Physical therapy is not uncommon, combined with less organized exercise to help regulate the body and cope with mood, restlessness and insomnia.

Long Term Therapy for Ecstasy Addiction

Long-term therapy is more involved than detox, and successful results depend on the patient, and on the correct combination of counseling services. Personal counseling is not unusual, nor is group counseling. Family therapy is often recommended when the addiction has been of long standing, or has been unintentionally enabled by family interactions.

When primary therapy is concluded, the best outcomes still depend on a commitment to follow-up counseling, often in the form of 12-step programs or other local support programs. Studies have proven that throughout the various forms of addiction therapy, success rates are as much as doubled by faithful participation in follow-up therapy.

Finding the Right Support for an Ecstasy/MDMA Addict

Many people fail to realize that Ecstasy and other club drugs or designer drugs, are addictive in the same sense that cocaine, amphetamines, and other drugs are. As a result, many people are unaware that addiction treatment and counseling can be found for sufferers and their families.

Finding that counseling and treatment is often far easier than many know. By contacting any of a number of resources, a potential patient, a friend, or loved one can get solid references to respected counseling and rehab services suited to their needs.


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