MDMA & ecstasy addiction

Addressing the increasing appeal and addictive nature of popular party substances

MDMA and ecstasy are at the heart of contemporary party culture. The Hader Clinic is here to help you break out of the spiral with specialised addiction treatments.

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Understanding ecstasy addiction

Ecstasy — the street name for MDMA — is a potent stimulant with the potential for hallucinogenic side effects. It is a prevalent party drug that provides a collection of synthetic effects like euphoria, energy, and empathy. While this only lasts for a few hours, it leaves behind a comedown that lasts for days. Due to its recreational appeal, the ecstasy can be addictive, and encourages poly drug use.

The Hader Clinic treats addiction and reliance on MDMA by following a holistic model of care to treat all facets of addiction — from the physical, to the spiritual. We tailor specific treatments for each patient, comprised of different therapies and costs, all with the single-minded focus of freeing patients from addiction.

The Hader Clinic’s Jackson Oppy explains how addicts are not able to predict how much they are going to use once they start using or control their use.

The effects of ecstasy addiction

Ecstasy abuse can affect the mind and the body in the short and long term. Depending on the level of use, ecstasy can affect many facets of day-to-day life, not just weekend partying.

Physical

  • Decreased memory and cognitive function
  • Changes in the structure and function of the brain
  • Disturbed sleep and eating habits
  • Cravings and unmanageable tolerance

Psychological

  • Psychosis and hallucinations
  • Triggers, compulsion, and obsession
  • Compulsive lying and denial
  • Suicidal ideation

Emotional

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Memory loss and mood swings
  • Paranoia, fear, psychosis and aggression
  • Loneliness and dejection

Social

  • Increase in risky behaviour
  • Financial problems
  • Sexual issues
  • Lack of interest in activities, work, and friends
  • Damaged relationships with family members

Spiritual

  • Damaged self-esteem and self-worth
  • Damaged relationship with self
  • Inability to function without ecstasy
  • Continued use despite negative consequences

Ecstasy addiction and withdrawal

The danger of withdrawing from ecstasy is inherently based in psychosis. Stimulants like ecstasy affect brain chemistry and the production of dopamine, can lead to a range of psychotic symptoms, where the patients may seem frightened, violent, agitated, or afflicted by hallucinations and fixations.

Stimulant-induced psychosis can trigger a range of mental health issues, including:

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Memory problems
  • Changes in self-perception

The team at The Hader Clinic are experts at identifying these issues, and treating mental health and drug addiction in tandem. With empathy, expertise, and a treatment plan, we can help patients overcome their addiction, withdrawal, and psychotic elements of their disease.

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Frequently asked questions about ecstasy

Ecstasy is a party drug. Is it really that addictive or dangerous?

The use of any illicit or controlled substance can be dangerous. If it is used illegally, (i.e. outside of a medical setting) it is automatically considered abuse. The popularity of ecstasy means that is commonly abused and taken in greater amounts to achieve the desired effect. This can lead to overdose, which can result in death.

As well as the chance for overdose and dependence, ecstasy can also stimulate or intensify existing psychiatric conditions. Withdrawal can also amplify these effects, leading to crises that require immediate attention and treatment.

What is ecstasy commonly used in conjunction with?

Like other party drugs, ecstasy is a typical candidate for poly drug use. Poly drug use is where users combine substances to amplify and scale their effects. This can be a hazardous territory in unsupervised environments, using unregulated, manufactured substances.

  • Ecstasy and alcohol can increase the risk of chronic dehydration, or conversely, hyperhydration (water poisoning).
  • Ecstasy and other stimulants can put enormous strain on the heart, and increase the potential for anxiety when coming down.
  • Ecstasy and depressants can put a huge strain on the heart and brain, and can lead to loss of coordination and vomiting.

Isn't MDMA pure? Why is it still harmful?

The purity of MDMA is a controversial issue. Many articles and sources claim that it is the 'pure' version of the ecstasy. Unfortunately, most of the examples of MDMA and ecstasy found on the street are impure — in reality, it's often a toxic mixture of household and lab-created chemicals.

Pure MDMA is often cut down with 'fillers', allowing dealers to maximise the volume of product they have by abandoning purity. Some of the most well-known adulterants include:

  • Stimulants like caffeine and methamphetamine, and PMA
  • Psychoactive substances like synthetic cathinones (bath salts)

Adulterants can affect the potency of the drug you think you are taking. Some of the above chemicals have lower thresholds for overdose than MDMA.

My loved one is smart. Why would they do ecstasy, despite all the dangers?

Drug use and addiction don't discriminate based on age, income, race, sex, intelligence, or any other demographic. It does not matter how your loved one discovered ecstasy — they have taken to using often, and may even be addicted or reliant on it.

Addiction is never a decision. It is more of an affliction, a disease. Fortunately, like many diseases, it can be treated. However, addressing the physical symptoms of ecstasy addiction is only one step of the process. The Hader Clinic looks at ecstasy addiction from all angles, addressing psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual effects, as well as the physical.

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