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MDMA Addiction

Understanding MDMA Addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2.2 million Americans aged 12 or older use MDMA each year. MDMA addiction can quickly result from the recreational use of this drug. At Malibu Detox, we offer residential, detox, and aftercare services for those struggling with MDMA addiction.

MDMA is a man-made stimulant with hallucinogenic properties. It is a party drug that can distort time and perception while producing an energizing effect as well as an enhancement of sensory experiences.

Ecstasy and Molly (short for molecular) are both made from MDMA, with Ecstasy coming in pill form and Molly in powder form.

The most common effects of Ecstasy, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, are:

  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Long-lasting energy
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased heart rate
  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Increased empathy

The effects of Ecstasy can last between three and eight hours, depending on factors like sex, weight, method of administration, and the amount that is taken.

MDMA or Ecstasy addiction is when your body requires the drug to function, creating a compulsive need to use it. The common MDMA addiction symptoms are:

  • Insomnia
  • High levels of energy
  • Dehydration
  • Blurred vision
  • Teeth clenching
  • Chills
  • Heightened sexual arousal
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Euphoria-increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Vertigo
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Cravings

Ecstasy use impacts serotonin, causing your brain to release large amounts of it. Serotonin regulates mood, sleep, appetite, and pain. Over time, your brain becomes accustomed to the huge surge of serotonin that MDMA causes and cannot function correctly without it.

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MDMA Addiction Treatment

At Malibu Detox, we offer treatment options for MDMA abuse so that you can find your sobriety once more.

Medical detox

MDMA Detox

Before you can dive into the root cause of Ecstasy abuse, you need to remove the substance from your body. Attempting to do this on your own can be dangerous because of the many MDMA withdrawal symptoms you can experience. MDMA withdrawal can include symptoms like:

  • Insomnia
  • Intense cravings
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Delusions
  • Psychosis
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Suicidal thoughts

We offer medical detox services to help you avoid the worst of these symptoms. Our team of medical professionals will monitor you throughout the entire withdrawal process and offer the support you need to avoid relapsing.

Although everyone can have a different experience, the Ecstasy withdrawal timeline begins with the most powerful symptoms lasting anywhere from one to three days. After about a week, Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms can lessen, though psychological symptoms like depression can persist as your brain chemistry stabilizes.

To offer the best services, we perform a thorough medical evaluation and personalize your treatment when beginning medical detox. We will ask you about your medical history, your substance abuse history, and anything else that might affect treatment. We can also make adjustments to medications and dosage throughout the detox process.


Medication-Assisted Treatment

Cravings can be powerful when trying to recover from chronic Ecstasy abuse. These cravings can make it more likely that you will relapse, putting your life in danger.

It can be dangerous to use the same amount of MDMA to which you are accustomed because your body’s tolerance will be lower following the detox process. Relapsing with your old dose of MDMA can shock your system and cause an overdose.

Signs of an MDMA overdose include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Convulsions
  • Acute respiratory distress
  • Extreme increase in body temperature
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Renal failure
  • Coma

At Malibu Detox, we offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help curb cravings and cope with ecstasy withdrawal symptoms so that you can focus on therapy and healing.


Residential Treatment

Our center offers residential treatment for Ecstasy addiction that provides 24/7 monitoring, medication management services, and more.

Our residential addiction treatment consists of behavioral therapy sessions. We offer:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Experiential therapy

We know that an Ecstasy addiction can be isolating, which is why we also offer group therapy. Group therapy allows you to hear from others who are battling similar conditions and to start building your support system.

We also offer holistic services for the treatment of a substance use disorder. We can help you get in tune with your emotions with art therapy and equine-assisted therapy while also allowing you to rebuild your relationships with loved ones via family counseling sessions.

If you have a mental health condition along with a substance use disorder, you will need treatment for both at the same time. Mental illness and addiction go hand-in-hand, with many people turning to substance abuse to alleviate the symptoms of their mental health condition.

For others, chronic use of drugs can trigger a mental health condition because of the powerful changes it makes to the brain.

Our experts will evaluate what the best addiction treatment options are for someone with a dual diagnosis.

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Once you complete your residential treatment for Ecstasy use, we provide aftercare services to help you remain sober.

We can help you create a sustainable treatment plan that includes support groups like 12-step programs and access to sober living facilities if you do not have a safe and supportive home environment. Our aftercare programs involve:

  • Relapse prevention therapy
  • Group and individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Introduction to self-help groups
  • Adventure therapy

The tools you gain by participating in aftercare services can help you increase your independence and start building self-trust. We can also provide connections to various continuing treatment programs if you would like to participate in outpatient options like partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment.

Adventure therapy is an important aspect of our aftercare program. We offer hikes, yoga, beach visits, and other outdoor activities. Adventure therapy can help you reconnect with the world around you and make friendships that can aid you in maintaining your recovery.

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Get Help for MDMA Substance Abuse

If you have an addiction to MDMA, turning to professionals for help is essential. With a multidisciplinary team ready to help you by providing MDMA detox services, medication management, behavioral therapy, and more, you can find your way back to sobriety.

Contact Malibu Detox to learn more about the services we offer for those struggling with addiction.

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