MDMA is a party drug known mostly for being taken at raves and electronic music festivals. It also goes by the name “ecstasy”, “E” or “molly.” The effects complements the light shows that are usually put on at these gatherings, giving users a feeling of euphoria and a strong desire to socialize.
While users often see MDMA as a harmless drug, it does act on the brain in a similar way to other addictive drugs. While physical dependence is relatively rare, users have become psychologically dependent on it. If a user has trouble giving up the drug and it is causing problems in their life, they may need a period of medical detox to discontinue use of it.
Since a physical dependence usually does not form with MDMA use, detoxing from it is a little different than with other types of addictive drugs. If the user feels a strong psychological need to use the drug, they may be kept in a medical detox facility for several days. However, it is possible for many users of MDMA to detox at home on an outpatient basis.
Staying properly hydrated while coming off the drug is important, since users are prone to dehydration. There are several medications that can help users manage the negative symptoms they may experience. Though it is possible to detox from MDMA at home, it is best to do so under the supervision and care of a medical professional to ensure it is handled properly.
Though it is possible to detox from MDMA at home, it should not be done without first consulting a medical professional at a certified treatment center. Cravings for the drug can easily trigger a relapse. The adverse health effects that ceasing use of the drug can cause may also prove to be too much for the individual to handle. Even if it is not done on an inpatient basis, detox under medical supervision still provides by far the best rate of success in getting users off of drugs and keeping them off.
If inpatient detox is done, it will likely last for only a few days. Extended inpatient treatment for MDMA use is relatively rare. Given the potential adverse health symptoms and a possible strong psychological dependency, however, even a short initial detox can be of great benefit to the patient.
Regular MDMA users also sometimes use the drug in an attempt to self-medicate an anxiety disorder or other psychological affliction. If these have not been previously diagnosed, the medical treatment during detox can uncover them.
Since a physical dependency generally does not form with MDMA, there is not really a standard range of withdrawal symptoms. Users who have developed a psychological need for the drug have shown anxiety and confusion, muscle stiffness, depression, fatigue and insomnia. It is possible other symptoms could develop, which highlights the need for medical treatment if patients feel they have developed a continual need for the drug.
While residential detox and inpatient treatment for MDMA use is relatively unusual, these services are available from certified medical treatment facilities and should be sought out if a patient feels the drug is interfering with their life and that they cannot quit using it on their own.
When an individual continually abuses MDMA and does not want to ever quit, it is often because they have an undiagnosed anxiety disorder that they are self-medicating through use of the drug. If this is the case, then medical treatment is very important. It is nearly impossible to quit substance abuse if an underlying contributing mental health disorder is going undiagnosed or untreated.
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