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MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, is a synthetic drug that is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen. It is a fine powder in a tiny capsule, taken orally. It tends to be a party drug because of its ability to heighten emotions and sexual arousal. MDMA is popular on the party scene because it causes the brain to overload serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These chemicals create feelings of happiness and pleasure while also reducing depression and anxiety. However, this drug has a dangerous side effects once it leaves the body. The brain compensates by producing less of these feel-good chemicals, which leaves the user with depression, anxiety, confusion, sleep problems, and cravings for the drug. This cycle is why it is extremely easy to develop an MDMA addiction (or ecstasy addiction). The cycles are endless when it comes to the emotions MDMA use provokes. It is possible to end the cycles. Recovery from MDMA substance abuse is achievable. Addiction treatment programs are out there to help you regain control of your life. 

Symptoms & Side Effects of MDMA Addiction or Ecstasy Addiction 

An addiction to MDMA can be brutal on the body. If you are struggling with an MDMA addiction, seek addiction treatment. Some of the many symptoms and side effects may include the following:

  • Euphoria 
  • Unusual feelings and expressions of love
  • Increased capacity for empathy 
  • Increased joy 
  • Teeth clenching 
  • Increased thirst 
  • Impulsiveness
  • Reduced anxiety 
  • Reduced depression 
  • Changes in social circles 
  • Sudden difficulty in meeting daily responsibilities 
  • Lying 
  • Secretive behavior 
  • Hiding the drug around the home 
  • Financial struggles 
  • Panic attacks 

Treatment for MDMA Addiction or Ecstasy Addiction 

Because MDMA is a newer drug, there isn’t much information about the best way to treat it. Inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation centers, cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step programs, sober living homes, etc., are always good options for any addiction abuse recovery. Rehabilitation centers will give you or your loved one the safe space needed to overcome drug abuse habits and substance abuse and learn relapse prevention strategies while managing withdrawal symptoms and drug detox. If you or a loved one is suffering from an MDMA addiction, consult with a behavioral health professional to see what the best course of action is for you. 

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