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Ecstasy Withdrawal

Woman covering face going through ecstasy withdrawal

MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, is a “party drug” often used at raves and clubs. It shares chemical similarities with both stimulants and hallucinogens, and it can increase energy, alter perception, and produce feelings of emotional closeness. 1

Even though Ecstasy addiction is debated, users have reported withdrawal symptoms after they stop using.1 Some of these symptoms may persist long after the drug’s effects wear off, especially if the person took the drug regularly. 2,3 Ecstasy withdrawal effects can be uncomfortable and decrease appetite, affect concentration, and even cause depression.

Fortunately, MDMA detox programs can help people safely withdraw from Ecstasy. In addition to treating withdrawal symptoms, some of them can help users overcome an addiction to MDMA or other drugs.

Going Through Ecstasy Withdrawal?

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Withdrawal Symptoms

Why Should You Undergo Detox?

Stressed woman stands against wall thinking of detox Detoxifying from alcohol and drugs is crucial to recovery. Its aim is to stop the toxic effects of withdrawal by substituting less dangerous and less addictive medications for alcohol and abused drugs.

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With many drugs of abuse, the body develops a tolerance and requires more of the drug to achieve a high. Taking regular, increasingly higher doses can lead to dependence and addiction. The person’s body effectively begins to "expect" the substance in the system and relies on it to function properly. When the person stops taking it, the body is forced to function without an element that it has become accustomed to. The withdrawal symptoms are the body's attempt to adjust to not having the drug in the system anymore.

Ecstasy is a drug with atypical patterns of abuse. Further, its potential for leading to dependence and addiction has been inconclusively documented. However, users report a "come-down" after the high that may be affected by the frequency of use and amount of Ecstasy used.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has identified symptoms that some people experience after taking the drug. These include:

  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Impulsiveness.
  • Depression.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Anxiety. 1

Sometimes, it can be hard to tell whether a loved one is going through withdrawal or dealing with another issue, such as depression or occasional moodiness. In these cases, you can look for other signs of Ecstasy abuse, such as:

  • Teeth grinding.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Poor memory.
  • Paraphernalia, such as pacifiers (used to relieve jaw clenching), neon glowsticks, and brightly colored beads. 3

Get more information about withdrawal symptoms from MDMA.

Withdrawing From Ecstasy: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Doctor speaks with patient about MDMA treatment optionsEcstasy withdrawal treatment works by caring for the physical symptoms while ensuring that the psychological withdrawal symptoms are also kept under control. Medications, rehydration, a healthy diet, medical care, and other options are made available to the patient. These are all part of Ecstasy detox programs.

Detoxification must occur before the recovering user can begin the rehabilitation process. The goal of a detox program is to get the drug out of the system as safely and quickly as possible. Some centers also offer counseling services to help people explore the reasons they use MDMA and other drugs.

Some centers may provide alternative medical treatments including acupuncture, yoga, massage, and herbal medicine. People who relapse can undergo Ecstasy detox again as needed to get back on track.

Learn more about Ecstasy withdrawal treatment options.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment, Rehab, and Recovery

Detox is often followed up with some form of rehabilitation and recovery program. The newly detoxed Ecstasy user must learn to overcome the addiction and identify the reasons why they felt that they needed to use Ecstasy. Sometimes the drug filled an emotional or psychological need that must be treated.

Armed with a greater understanding...
users are ready for life outside of treatment.

Once the source of the addiction is found, recovering users learn how to remake their lifestyles to avoid Ecstasy and to replace the activities once performed under the influence with healthier choices. Recovery programs often use cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps users become aware of thoughts and behaviors that can lead to drug use.3 Armed with a greater understanding of the addiction, users are ready for life outside of treatment.

Staying involved in some form of aftercare, such as by attending 12-step meetings, counseling, or residing in a sober living setting, can help keep a person focused on their recovery and avoid temptations to use.

Finding Help

You can get started on the path to recovery or seek help if you or a loved one is experiencing the signs of withdrawal. Simply fill out the confidential contact form on the right side of the page or call 1-888-935-1318 for support. This helpline is available 24 hours a day, and all inquiries are completely confidential.

Questions and Answers

How Long Does Ecstasy/MDMA Withdrawal Last?

Withdrawal effects from Ecstasy and MDMA can last up to one week or longer. 1,2

It’s difficult to put an exact timeline on the symptoms because they can begin and end at varying times and are different for each person. They can also be affected by the dose, frequency of use, mental and physical health, and use of other drugs, such as marijuana or alcohol.

Do You Have a List of Popular Slang or Street Names for Ecstasy and MDMA?

E, XTC, X, hug, beans, Adam, love drug, club drug, hug drug, white dove

What Are Common Misspellings?

Extasy and MDMA withdrawl, exstacy withdrawls, exstasy and MDMA withdrawel, ecstacy and MMDA withdrawels

Are There Any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

There is no effective home remedy legitimately recognized as an alternative to ease or relieve the psychological and physical effects of Ecstasy and MDMA withdrawal.

Some Ecstasy users simply stop using the drug and are able to avoid any severe withdrawal symptoms, but most Ecstasy and MDMA addicts experience some effects.

There is no effective home remedy legitimately recognized as an alternative to ease or relieve the psychological and physical effects of Ecstasy and MDMA withdrawal. Professional drug treatment centers will know how to safely provide relief and help for Ecstasy users so that they can get the physical as well as psychological help they need.

Whether you’re struggling with drug abuse or have a loved one who is addicted to Ecstasy and MDMA, there is help available. Call 1-888-935-1318 to speak to a detox program placement specialist about options based on your insurance and personal preferences.

How Long Does It Take to Detox From Ecstasy and MDMA?

The effects of Ecstasy last for about 3-6 hours, and users may experience withdrawal symptoms for a week or longer, on average. 1,2 After detoxification, many people who have abused Ecstasy move forward with drug rehabilitation programs and recovery options.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). DrugFacts: MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly).
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2006). What are the effects of MDMA?
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2002). Ecstasy: What’s All the Rave About?
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