Known commonly as ecstasy or X, MDMA is a drug that is extracted from the sassafras tree. Both a stimulant and a hallucinogen, MDMA provides increased energy, a feeling of euphoria, increased empathy, and distortions in perception. While it is not as addictive as a drug like cocaine, users can develop a physical and psychological dependence over time. If you find yourself taking the drug more frequently and require more of the drug to maintain the same high, it might be a good idea to seek treatment.
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About MDMA Addiction
Taken orally as a club drug, MDMA and its effects last for about 3 to 6 hours. Due to its low cost, it is often used in conjunction with other drugs to achieve a feeling of euphoria, high energy and happiness. Because the drug depletes important chemicals from the brain, the resulting crash leads to many negative effects which include confusion, depression, anxiety and sleep problems. If the user builds up a tolerance to the drug and requires more of it to maintain their high, use of the drug can eventually lead to hyperthermia, which may result in organ and cardiovascular failure, and death. Long-term use of the drug may also lead to memory loss and brain damage. Because MDMA can be combined with other drugs and there are loose controls around it, it can be more dangerous and unpredictable than many other drugs where the production is more consistent.
Treatment of MDMA Addiction
While the effects of MDMA are usually short term, treatment is necessary to avoid the chances of overdose since the user can become more tolerant to the drug. Since long-term users may have trouble stopping use of the drug on their own, it might be important to seek treatment. This could involve a 12-step program with behavioural therapy techniques, fitness therapy and group counselling. The length of the program may range from 14 to 90 days, depending on how strong the addiction is. Withdrawal symptoms from MDMA are very severe and can include severe mood swings, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, fatigue and weight loss. If you have other issues with your health like heart disease, diabetes and psychiatric disorders, it is even more important to seek treatment as MDMA can be extremely detrimental to your health
Post-Rehabilitation of MDMA Addiction
After detoxification and rehabilitation have been completed, it's important to continue to have a strong support network of family and friends, or fellow users who are trying to stay clean. It is imperative that the root of the addiction is discovered during detoxification or rehabilitation so that a relapse is less likely to occur. The user should also stay away from the friends and the scene that they were involved in previously, as being around the drug with lowered inhibitions may lead to future use.
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