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Ecstasy is a unique drug in that it is both a stimulant & a hallucinogen thus increases energy and has a wide range of emotional changes in patients. MDMA, like most other stimulants, can cause significant addiction problems and while mostly taken as a recreational “club drug” there are many serious associated risks.
Are you or a loved one struggling with MDMA abuse?
Specialist addiction counselor supported treatment for Ecstasy and related drug addictions. Secure, discreet, residential and bespoke outpatient programmes.
Ecstasy is chemically similar to hallucinogenic mescaline and meth amphetamine type classes of stimulants. This is a popular yet illegal “club drug”, most often consumed in pill, tablet, or capsule and in some cases powder format.
In the case of poly addictions, users electively mix ecstasy with other substances to achieve a different “high” effects. Ecstasy use in combination with other drugs can be very dangerous.
Conclusive evidence demonstrates that ecstasy causes damage to nerve cells which naturally produce serotonin in the brain, consequentially moods, emotions, sleep, memory, and cognitive skills are negatively impacted.
Effective treatment for ecstasy addiction includes cognitive behavioral modifications and therapy designed to rectify thought patterns and behaviors that will enable long term coping skills in the face of relapse risk.
Factors of ecstasy addiction in many cases can also be treated with post traumatic stress therapy. With highly-trained addiction treatment counsellors and trauma therapists, patients can overcome the addiction.
Do NOT drive on Ecstacy, the effects of this drug on motor coordination skills and lack of appropriate judgement is well documented in the national road death toll in South Africa if in any doubt call an Uber or taxi to take you home. Never get into any car with anyone driving on ecstacy.
Ecstasy users are advised to drink orange juice both before & after taking a pill. This reduces a number of risk factors on in the brains free radicals, Vitamin C seems to help with dulling the effect of ecstasy.
Horlicks and malt type drinks contain tryptophan which will help restore some serotonin receptors in the brain.
Melatonin will help individuals to get to sleep, one should avoid “downers or prescription depression or anti anxiety medications” however they are sometimes used to calm distressed individuals.
Drop, Double Drop, Double Dropping, Flip or Flipping, Roll, Rolling, Cuddle Puddle, E-Puddle, E-tard, Raver and Raving.
Tolerance to MDMA builds very quickly and users need to take more to achieve the same highs. Ecstasy depression is a well documented after effect of the drug. 90% of users take other more harmful and addictive drugs to try counteract the comedown depressions caused by Ecstasy.
Common Indicators of Ecstasy Addiction
Less than 10% of Ecstasy pills on the market are pure MDMA thus the risks of overdosing, poisoning or getting addicted to other substances mixed with MDMA are high. Remembering that Ecstasy is an illegal substance there are no standards in the manufacturing process of the drug, so users have literally no idea as to what they are taking.
Seek professional help if you feel that you could be addicted to ecstasy. This is not a harmless drug. It’s all fun and games till someone dies.
Recovery Direct is a specialist addiction treatment service based in Cape Town, South Africa. We focus on the resolution of past traumas and establish positive personal growth in patients.