What is MDMA?
Colloquially known as Molly or Ecstasy, MDMA originally become popular in raves and nightclubs as a party drug. However, these days, its use is becoming widespread among college students and festival-goers alike. Molecularly, the drug is similar in composition to many stimulants and hallucinogens; MDMA distorts a person’s perception of reality in addition to producing euphoria. These effects last anywhere from three to six hours.
As is the case with many street drugs, MDMA comes in many forms: liquid, powder, pills, and capsules. The most common form of use is by-mouth ingestion. The pills are often colorful and resemble candy.
What Does MDMA Addiction Look Like?
Many psychoactive substances have the potential to become addictive. Studies have shown that animals will self-administer MDMA, which could suggest the potential structural change in the brain from prolonged use that causes addiction. Research has not yet pinned down a definitive answer as to how likely MDMA addiction is for any given user, but any kind of dose has been shown to affect the following neurotransmitters (pre-existing chemicals in the brain):
- Serotonin. MDMA triggers a large release of this neurotransmitter, which most likely leads to the euphoric, highly empathetic state of mind the drug is so well-known for. In this elevated state, however, people are liable to practice unsafe sexual behavior.
- Dopamine. The excess of this neurotransmitter present in the brain from MDMA use causes a massive spike in energy and mood. This is not a permanent effect, however, and users are likely to experience anything from depression to loss of appetite in the week after consuming the drug.
- Norepinephrine. Large amounts of this neurotransmitter in the brain causes a user’s heart rate and blood pressure to soar.
Why Seek MDMA Treatment?
If research hasn’t yet determined the addictiveness of MDMA, then why, you might ask, should all users seek MDMA treatment and MDMA recovery? Is recovery from Molly use really that important for a fulfilling life?
If MDMA treatment wasn’t important, you probably wouldn’t be reading this page, for one. Moreover, even if the addictiveness factor of the drug hasn’t been determined, high or prolonged doses of MDMA can lead to:
- Addiction to other drugs. Because MDMA is a street drug, regulation is nonexistent. This means that when a person takes MDMA, even if the capsule is supposedly pure, there could be any other number of addictive substances in it, such as ketamine or bath salts. MDMA addiction rates may not be definitive, but the addiction rates of these other drugs are.
- Withdrawal symptoms. These include sleep problems, exhaustion, impulsiveness, and loss of appetite—all up to a week after using the drug.
- Death. High doses of the drug inhibit the body’s ability to control its own temperature, which can cause liver, kidney, and heart failure.
Ready for a True MDMA Recovery?
If your life has been taken over by MDMA and you’re ready for recovery from Molly, our non-judgemental program is here to help. At Health Recovery Center, we offer a route to permanent and true sobriety by facilitating the repair of the structural damage in the brain caused by drug use. Relapse is not part of the recovery process in our book, but true biochemical repair is.
Give us a call today at 800-554-9155 to begin your healing journey.