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Ecstasy / Molly / MDMA

Ecstasy gives you powerful sensations of happiness, love and euphoria. You can easily become addicted to Ecstasy — also referred to as MDMA or “Molly” — though primarily in a psychological, not a physical sense. With time, use of the drug begins to shut down your brain’s natural pathways to the feelings that the drug produces, so with long-term use, you will need to continue taking the drug to have those feelings. When you stop taking the drug, you will experience lows equivalent to the highs you felt while using, and this scenario can present immense danger.

In addition to the numbness and depression that quitting ecstasy can cause, you will also face many dangerous and life-threatening health risks if you attempt to detox on your own. Since ecstasy often comes mixed with other drugs — which you may or may not be aware of when buying and using the drug — the dangers to your health can quickly multiply. The safest way to end your chemical dependency and addiction to ecstasy is through a medically-supervised detox.

Short-term Ecstasy Use Symptoms

Ecstasy use, even in the short-term, produces a host of unwanted and serious side effects which include:

  • nausea
  • muscle cramps
  • tension in the face
  • fever, sweating and/or chills
  • tremors or shaking
  • vision problems
  • hallucinations
  • fast heart rate
  • high blood pressure
  • faintness

Symptoms of Long-term Abuse or Addiction to Ecstasy

Increasingly severe and debilitating side effects will appear if you continue to abuse ecstasy over a long period or if you become addicted to the drug. Symptoms of long-term use include:

Physical Symptoms

  • loss of appetite
  • loss of memory
  • confusion
  • cognitive difficulties
  • fatigue
  • sleep problems

Psychological Symptoms

  • irritability
  • confusion
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • strong drug cravings

Withdrawal Symptoms from Ecstasy

You will have many of the same symptoms of use as you withdraw from the drug, and these symptoms can be as powerful as those you experience while using. These symptoms include:

  • loss of appetite
  • depression
  • confusion
  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • paranoia
  • insomnia
  • fatigue
  • cognitive difficulties
  • difficulty remembering
  • self-perception changes
  • strong drug cravings

Detox From Ecstasy Will Require Medical Supervision

While not necessarily physically addictive, abuse of ecstasy and addiction to the drug can cause you to experience devastating physical symptoms that can affect every aspect of your life from sleeping and eating to simple cognitive tasks. The psychological effects on your health — including paranoia, anxiety and depression — can quickly lead to self-harm if you try to detox without medical supervision.

To minimize your pain, increase your comfort and eliminate the possibility of further harm to your body, you will need a medically-supervised detox that will include 24×7 doctor assistance as well as monitoring by caring and qualified nursing and behavior specialists who focus on addiction treatment. A successful detox — in which you end your chemical dependency — is a major predictor of the success of follow-up treatments and your long-term sobriety.

Medical supervision during this time also drastically minimizes the likelihood of relapse which can lengthen your addiction and increase the harm to your body. The compassionate, judgment-free care you will receive from our medical teams during your stay at The Serenity Recovery Center will help make you as emotionally comfortable as possible — as well as physically comfortable — so that your first detox experience can be your last.

Why The Serenity Recovery Center’s Integrated Approach to Detox Works

Drugs produce a high which you may desire for many different reasons, but ultimately they produce problems which far outweigh the momentary benefits they provide you. As long as those pre-existing reasons for your use exist, however, you will always have the temptation to use drugs, even if you conquer your chemical dependency. This is why a combined approach that includes both medical and therapeutic treatments succeed where other treatment methods don’t.

The Serenity Recovery Center offers a holistic and integrated approach that tries to understand the full scope of your addiction, recognizing it will not resemble anyone else’s. This type of personalized, tailored care which begins with in-depth assessments and continues with constant monitoring of your well-being and plentiful, rewarding interactions with our therapists and staff helps guarantee you get treatment that focusses on the issues which will help you the most in your battle to get and stay sober.

This compassion-based model also helps restore the self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence that you had before your addiction began and which your addiction has likely eroded. To stay sober post-treatment, you will not only need practiced situational skills but also the belief that the results are worth the struggle, and that you can achieve sobriety. All of The Serenity Recovery Center’s clinical and social programs emphasize these crucial, affirming lessons of the recovery process.

Let The Serenity Recovery Center help you leave ecstasy use behind and create a healthy, drug-free lifestyle in its place.

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