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Ecstasy Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs and Detoxification

Ecstasy is a party drug also known as MDMA. Because the drug is found in celebratory situations, users often do not give a thought to ecstasy withdrawal. In fact, many users don't realize how easy it is to become addicted to the party drug. The realization usually comes when the ecstasy withdrawal symptoms start. Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms are signs that the body is detoxing from the drug. Fortunately, there are programs that can help; some are even specifically named MDMA detox programs. Before entering these ecstasy treatment programs, the user must identify that he or she has a problem. Some users come to this understanding after the withdrawal symptoms have already begun.

Withdrawing from Ecstasy: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

An increased use of ecstasy is a sign of addiction. The body develops a tolerance and requires more of the drug in order to achieve a high. The larger amount of ecstasy is affecting the body, but these effects are not felt until the user stops taking the drug. Withdrawing from ecstasy forces the body to function without an element that it has become accustomed to. That element is the ecstasy.

The withdrawal symptoms are the body's physical and mental struggle. There are a few key symptoms that are signs of ecstasy withdrawal.

  • Insomnia
  • Loss of weight
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety

These symptoms in teenagers are sometimes difficult to detect, as many teens are moody and may suffer from mild depression due to factors associated with puberty. However, MDMA withdrawal generally produces more lengthy and pronounced symptoms than those caused by hormonal fluctuations. Ecstasy has a "come-down" after the high that is lengthened or shortened relative to the frequency of use and amount of ecstasy used. If you know a teens whose behavior seems erratic and out of the ordinary, the possibility of ecstasy withdrawal should be considered. The same applies for adult ecstasy users.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Ecstasy withdrawal treatment works by treating the physical symptoms while ensuring that the psychological withdrawal symptoms are also kept under control. Medications for depression, changes in diet, relaxation techniques and other options are made available to the patient in drug rehab and recovery. These are all a part of ecstasy detox programs. Detoxification must occur before the addict 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. Centers offer counseling services to combat the psychological symptoms. Medical doctors monitor the physical symptoms. Some centers also offer alternative medical treatments to help aid the body in getting rid of the residual chemicals in the body. Alternative methods include acupuncture, yoga, massage and herbal medicine. Patients who relapse can undergo ecstasy detox again as needed to get back on track.

Detox should not be undertaken without rehabilitation and recovery programs. The newly detoxed ecstasy addict is still an addict and must learn to overcome that addiction. This is the reason for drug rehabilitation and recovery programs. Such programs help the user identify the reasons why the ecstasy was needed. Usually the drug filled an emotional or psychological need that must be treated in order to overcome the addiction. Once the source of the addiction is found and treated, addicts learn how to remake their lifestyles in order to avoid the ecstasy and to replace the activities once performed under the influence with healthier choices. Armed with a greater understanding of the addiction and lifestyle changes, the addict is ready for life outside of treatment.

Finding Help

You can get started on the path to recovery or to seek help with identifying the signs of withdrawal in a loved one. Simply fill out the confidential contact form or call 1-888-555-555 for support. This helpline is available 24 hours a day. All inquiries are completely confidential.

Ecstasy and MDMA Information at a Glance
Form, Intake and Dosage Interactions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tablet or Capsule
  • Administration Routes: Ingested/Swallowed
  • Dosage: N/A
  • Overdose: Possible, but usually deaths associated with MDMA overdose also involve other drugs
  • Alcohol Interaction: Possibly fatal
  • Illicit Drugs: Possibly fatal
  • Prescription Medications: N/A
  • Contraindications: N/A
Effects and Adverse Reactions Substance Abuse
  • Short-Term: mental stimulation, emotional warmth, nausea, chills, increased energy, increased body temperature, teeth clenching, cramping and blurred visions
  • Long-Term: confusion and other cognition problems, depression, difficulty sleeping, craving the drug and severe anxiety, all of which could be experienced days or weeks after last using the drug
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: High
  • Signs of Abuse: hyper alertness, sweating, fatigue, jaw-clenching, hyperthermia, irritation, increased heart rate and dry mouth
Physiological Problem Signs and Symptoms Dependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset:
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: shakes, tremors, depression, anxiety, hallucinations, impaired memory, paranoia and other neurological problems
  • Tolerance: No
  • Cross Dependence: No
  • Physical Dependence: No
  • Psychological Dependence: High
Legal Schedules and Ratings Costs, and Typical Quantities
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule I
  • Cost/Price: Approx. $15.00 per 100 to 250 milligrams


Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Ecstasy and MDMA Withdrawals Last?

The immediate ecstasy and MDMA withdrawals last between 24 and 72 hours in length. However, the psychological effects have a much longer duration and can’t be specifically placed on a timeline because they can occur at any time and are different for each person.

Do You Have a List 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?

Some ecstasy users simply stop using the drug and are able to avoid any severe withdrawal symptoms, but most ecstasy and MDMA addicts don’t have it so easy. A natural home remedy is not available as an alternative to ease or relieve the severe psychological effects of ecstasy and MDMA withdrawal. Professional drug treatment centers will know how to safely provide relief and help for ecstasy addicts so that they can get the physical as well as psychological treatment they need. The choice is up to you: you can overcome Ecstasy and MDMA addiction effectively and safely while there’s still time. Whether you’re struggling with the drug abuse or have a brother, sister, daughter or friend who is addicted to ecstasy and MDMA, there is help available.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Ecstasy and MDMA?

It takes between 24 and 72 hours for ecstasy to leave the body system. After detoxification has occurred, moving forward with drug rehabilitation programs and recovery options is possible.

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