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Ecstasy Withdrawal


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Withdrawal After Dependence

Long term ecstasy use can result in physical dependence. This means that when you try to quit taking the drug, you’ll go through withdrawal as your brain tries to readjust and operate properly without ecstasy. During withdrawal, people typically experience the opposite of what they felt while high, such as anxiety and depression. Another common withdrawal symptom is the intensive crave and longing for drug.

Here, we introduce you to the symptoms of ecstasy withdrawal (which are mostly psychological). Find out how to deal with these symptoms and learn the safest way to quit ecstasy. Then, we invite your questions. So, if you still have questions after reading here, you are welcome to leave them in the comments section below. We’ll try to answer all real-life questions ASAP.

Ecstasy Affects Mind And Body

In fact, ecstasy profoundly influences a person’s mind. It increases the activity of neurotransmitters associated with feelings of happiness and love. In this way, ecstasy can chemically produce powerful effects of liberation that are deeply marked in the memory.

The euphoric high and positive emotions induced by the use of ecstasy are feelings that the brain has registered as rewarding. So every time a stressful or dissatisfactory event happens, your memory will signal you to reach for “the cure” (ecstasy) again and again. Eventually, after several uses of ecstasy, your brain will deplete the supply of the chemicals needed to feel this way.
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Initiation of Withdrawal

The withdrawal period from ecstasy (aka MDMA) usually starts within 12 hours of the last dose, and the most intense symptoms pass within a few days. The duration of withdrawal symptoms from ecstasy may vary among users, but its onset is immediate, often occurring shortly after the effects of the drug wear off. However, the general course of withdrawal is still under study.

If you use MDMA on a regular basis, at increasing doses, reduction or drastic removal of MDMA induces withdrawal symptoms in majority of users. Your body changes its functions in order to accommodate effects of ecstasy that drive addiction. Because your body is used to the presence of ecstasy, it has to adjust when the presence of this drug is reduced.

Symptoms

The most commonly reported symptoms upon reducing or stopping ecstasy include:

  • Aggression
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling irritable
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of consciousness, or feeling about to faint
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Paranoia and marked anxiety
  • Stomach cramps

The Safest Option

Some withdrawal symptoms – such as loss of consciousness and heart problems – can cause serious complications. This is a good reason to seek medical attention. Furthermore, continued drug abuse results in serious problems in the brain, kidneys and cardiovascular system, as well as increased risk for liver failure.

Residential (in-house) rehabilitation is highly recommended for the treatment of ecstasy abuse, especially if you’ve already developed tolerance and dependence. Residential rehab can also help polydrug users, or those who have recurrent relapses. Staying at a residential rehab facility enables close supervision by health professionals as you go through ecstasy detox and provides supportive care and medicines to relieve withdrawal symptoms. In-house treatment helps you treat ecstasy abuse safely. However, you may need to stay in the facility for a time, ranging from several days to few months.

Planning for Rehab

Ecstasy typically scrambles brain mechanisms necessary for inhibition, sensation of pleasure, and emotional warmth. Further, any users experience emotional or psychological problems that compel drug use. This is why psychiatric support and counseling are important aspects in treating any kind of drug problem. Psychological therapy helps you understand that drugs such as ecstasy are not essentials to your emotional health and integrity.

Make sure to prepare yourself once you choose a rehab for ecstasy abuse. Communication and visitation are often limited in drug rehabilitation centers. Reschedule your commitments at home, school or work to avoid any problems while having drug treatment.

Remember that you might feel cravings sometime after stopping. Cravings are a normal part of recovery, but they may trigger drug use again. You can plan to prevent relapse by immediately seeking help from your health provider when you feel the first signs of drug cravings. Still, most rehab clinics admit relapsing users. You might relapse one or more times, but it should not stop you from seeking treatment.

Your Questions

In this article we tried to cover the most common symptoms of ecstasy withdrawal and the best way to prepare for the journey. If you have additional questions regarding the ecstasy withdrawal process or experiences to share, please write to us in comment section below. We will try to get back to you personally and promptly.

Reference sources: NIH: MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly)
NIH: Medical detoxification

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