MDMA is one of the common names for the drug 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. You might also know it as Molly or ecstasy. Whatever you call this drug, it can lead to a dangerous and life-threatening addiction. Fortunately, recovering from an MDMA addiction is possible, and Crestview Recovery can help.
Acknowledging the Addiction
The hardest step on the road to recovery is that very first one. Acknowledging and recognizing a drug addiction can be incredibly challenging. Many people want to believe that their drug use is recreational and voluntary. The narrative in their mind is that they could stop at any time if they wanted to.
The reality is that addiction is a disease. Drug dependency affects the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, causing individuals to want more and more of their substance of choice to try and recreate the initially pleasurable effects. This leads people down a dark path, as they feel like they can’t stop no matter how badly they want to or need to.
Most people who use drugs like ecstasy on a regular basis are struggling with an addiction. You might have an addiction if you notice an increase in tolerance, and you use larger doses of the drug over time. Another warning sign is continuing to use ecstasy despite criminal behavior, financial struggles or disapproving friends and family members. If you ever encounter withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit or cut back, your body is telling you about the addiction.
An addiction isn’t just physical. It’s also mental, emotional and psychological. However, the best plan of attack is to start by breaking the body’s dependence on the drug. A typical ecstasy detox will take about a week, although the second and third weeks may still feel tough for clients.
MDMA detox should include both physical and mental support. Your therapist will check your vitals, including heart rate, blood pressure, fluid intake and body temperature to make sure you are stable.
During an MDMA detox, clients should expect to experience a number of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These include gastrointestinal distress, fatigue, and dehydration. Anxiety and insomnia are also likely. Once the detox is complete, clients can start making real progress on the road to maintaining their newfound sobriety. Crestview recovery can recommend an excellent detox facility to begin your journey.
MDMA detox starts by finding a medical facility with MDMA specialists to supervise the process. Getting someone who actually knows the drug and how it affects your body will also help you in the long run in terms of maintaining sobriety. It’s important that the person in charge is well versed in addiction treatment so they can fully understand how MDMA has affected you as a person and as an addicted individual.
Determining the Causes of Addiction
Once detox is over, clients can move to a rehab program. At Crestview Recovery, many clients find that the best choice to begin rehab is a partial hospitalization drug addiction program. The nature of a partial hospitalization program allows for accountability and support. Whatever form of rehab you choose, it’s a time to determine and resolve some causes of addiction.
Ecstasy is a highly addictive substance. However, not everyone who tries it develops an addiction. Those who do develop addictions may have certain attributes or experiences that make them prone to addiction. These can include how old they were when trying the drug for the first time or a genetic predisposition to addiction.
Clients might also have a history of trauma or struggle with a mental illness. In rehab, they can address these issues directly with behavioral therapy or trauma therapy. Other approaches to addressing and resolving addiction for good can include the following:
- Group therapy
- Mindfulness meditation therapy
- Life skills programs
- Family therapy
- 12 Step programs
Do You Need an MDMA Rehab Center in Portland?
When clients work hard to overcome drug addiction, one of the biggest obstacles is relapse. Relapse doesn’t disappear just because clients graduate from rehab. That’s why it is so important to teach clients habits and techniques that can prevent relapse for a lifetime.
In addiction treatment programs, clients can learn the value of routine. A set schedule means fewer choices, which in turn makes it easier to live a life of sobriety.
Plus, a routine addresses the key triggers for relapse: HALT. HALT stands for hungry, angry, lonely and tired. Sometimes, avoiding relapse is as simple as making sure you’re never too hungry, you’re well rested and you don’t have any lingering, unresolved conflicts.
Recovering from MDMA addiction is possible. At Crestview Recovery in Portland, Oregon, you’ll have access to all the tools, support and advice that you’ll need. Call 866.262.0531 to begin your journey to health and happiness.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.