MDMA Addiction Guide 

MDMA Addiction Guide

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), a psychoactive substance that elevates serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine levels, is also known as ecstasy and molly. Many people interpret it as euphoric sensations and a rise in confidence.

In recent years, many people have used the potent stimulant and hallucinogen MDMA.

Unfortunately, this has led to physical dependence, which has uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms if suddenly discontinued.

Find out more about this addictive substance below in our MDMA addiction guide. 

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Understanding MDMA Addiction

MDMA is a strong central nervous system stimulant with psychedelic effects. Initially created as an appetite suppressant, it quickly gained notoriety for its capacity to elicit euphoric experiences and heighten sensations.

The substance was frequently taken in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly at parties but is still widely used today. However, it is frequently laced with other substances that have unintended consequences. 

The way ecstasy works is by dumping tons of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine into the brain. An altered sense of time, pleasure, and higher energy levels result from this increase in neurotransmitters.

When someone takes ecstasy frequently, feeling normal without being high or drunk from the drug can be challenging. As a result, they may keep using it despite its negative effects at home, work, school, and other places.

MDMA Abuse 

MDMA is often used by individuals who want to experience a connection to others, euphoria, or confidence, especially in social settings. The effects will last roughly 45 minutes. Many environmental and genetic factors can impact ecstasy misuse and dependence. 

Some of the things you might experience after taking this drug are: 

  • Heightened extroversion
  • Emotional receptivity
  • Increased awareness of the senses
  • Dehydration and perspiration
  • Higher blood pressure
  • A surge of energy
  • Muscle pain
  • Diminished appetite

People who take MDMA will do so using crystal, powder, pills, capsules, etc. But one of the most popular forms of MDMA are pills, which occasionally have a logo or emblem embossed on them.

Together with PMA, mephedrone, and ethylone, MDMA is categorized as an empathogen. These substances trigger the release of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which typically results in the user experiencing sentiments of love and empathy. Drugs known as empathogens are prohibited and may have harmful adverse effects.

MDMA Abuse Symptoms

If you suspect a loved one of using MDMA you will notice the following side effects:

  • Having trouble sleeping regularly
  • Gritting teeth
  • Developing an extremely high level of empathy or love for others
  • Memory issues
  • Chills
  • Acting with a lot of enthusiasm
  • Higher heart rate
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Loss of weight
  • Pupil enlargement
  • Heightened sensitivity to sound and light
  • Anxiety
  • Having numerous sexual partners 
  • Vertigo
  • Inhibition loss

MDMA Abuse Statistics

  • In 2021, 0.8% of those 12 and older (or roughly 2.2 million individuals) reported using MDMA (Ecstasy) in the previous 12 months
  • A projected 0.6% of eighth-graders, 0.7% of tenth-graders, and 1.4% of twelve-year-olds reported using MDMA in the previous year in 2022.
  • In 2013, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that over 17 million Americans consumed ecstasy.
  • The 2013 NSDUH also revealed that 12.8% of 18 to 25-year-olds reported ever using MDMA, which is the highest rate of use.

MDMA Withdrawal 

If you suddenly stop taking ecstasy after years of frequent use, you can experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms share many similarities with alcohol and other addicted drug users. 

Symptoms frequently appear three to four days after stopping the medicine, but they can last a week or longer.

See some of these symptoms below:

  • Desire for the drug (or other drugs)
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Problems with kidneys
  • Fear 
  • Seizures
  • Focusing issues
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety

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If you or a loved one are struggling with MDMA addiction, let Myrtle Beach Recovery help you with our 12-step immersion program. Our experienced staff will help you work through the steps to help you regain control of your life.

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