MDMA stands for 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, more often referred to as “ecstasy” or “Molly.” It’s a popular drug due to its ability to elevate mood and alter perception. Ecstasy is highly addictive because of the positive effects it offers and the ways in which it reacts with brain chemistry. Read on to discover more about dependency on this powerful drug and how an MDMA addiction treatment program like Crest View Recovery Center can help you or a loved one to overcome its effects.

About MDMA Addiction

MDMA can come in pill or powder form. When in tablet form, the drug is known as ecstasy. These pills come in various bright colors. Powdered MDMA is referred to as “Molly.” Moreover, Molly has the ability to be altered in different ways than ecstasy.

MDMA provides its users with strong psychoactive effects. This means that it has the ability to change your perception. The drug is actually a combination of a stimulant and hallucinogen.

Users will get a boost of energy, along with a heightened sense of emotions, due to the stimulant properties. Then, neurotransmitters in the brain are triggered to release the feel-good chemicals of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, which improves your mood. The psychedelic properties of MDMA cause hallucinations to occur.

People who use ecstasy want to continue experiencing the good feelings offered by the drug. Therefore, they tend to take it more and more frequently. This leads to psychological dependence in which the brain comes to depend on the good feelings delivered by the drug, and an addiction is likely to develop.

Physical dependency can also occur with this drug. Users will feel a physical need to take more and more in order to maintain the same feelings. Symptoms of withdrawal can occur between uses.

Signs of MDMA Addiction

If you’re concerned about ecstasy addiction in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to be aware of its signs. You may notice some withdrawal symptoms associated with MDMA. These can include irritability, agitation or aggression, along with physical signs such as fatigue, memory loss, lack of appetite and trouble concentrating.

Behavioral changes in personality or action are also common in those who use MDMA regularly. You might notice that your mood changes, suddenly feeling more hostile or aggressive. Sleep difficulty is also common, as is a loss of interest in things that you once enjoyed. If you are having trouble performing on the job or making it to work, this could also be a sign you have a problem. Take note if you suddenly feel anxious without the drug.

Crest View Recovery Center Can Help

Finding a quality MDMA addiction treatment program can mean a world of difference in the recovery of you or a loved one. Because this drug has such strong effects on the brain and on mood, it’s difficult to quit on your own. CVRC has knowledgeable staff and resources to make the process more gentle.

For example, highlights of our MDMA addiction treatment program include:

Crest View Recovery Center is unique because we emphasize real-life recovery strategies. You’ll have the chance to learn coping and life skills to help you manage your addiction for years to come. We treat you as a whole person, not a set of symptoms.

You don’t have to face this path alone. In fact, if you need an MDMA addiction treatment program, call us today. You can reach us now at 866.327.2505 to begin the path to wellness.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.