What is Ecstasy/MDMA?
Ecstasy or MDMA is a synthetic man-made drug. Tablets sold as Ecstasy are likely to contain amphetamine, combined with a synthetic hallucinogen. Ecstasy or MDMA has effects similar to hallucinogens and stimulants. This drug can come in pills, capsules or as powder.
MDMA affects the brain by increasing the activity of at least three neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These are naturally occurring chemicals within the brain. After being overstimulated by the use of MDMA, a period of depletion follows where the user feels depressed and lethargic.
What are the Effects of Ecstasy Addiction?
Ecstasy has effects similar to hallucinogens and stimulants. MDMA itself can have many harmful side effects.
Those affected by addiction to this drug tend to be binge users but that does not mean the consequences are any less painful. Those who use in an addictive pattern often concurrently use other drugs and engage in high risk behaviours.
- Decreased memory and cognitive function
- Changes in the brain chemistry – short term
- Changes in the structure and function of the brain – long term
- Neglecting personal hygiene
- Disturbed sleep
- Unhealthy eating habits
- Intervention Information for FamiliesWhat is an Intervention: Why and How?
The Hader Clinic believes that an intervention should be an orchestrated effort by either one or more people to encourage a loved one to seek professional help with an addiction, traumatic event or other serious problem.
The expert staff at The Hader Clinic guide families through the entire process of intervention, treatment, and aftercare. We also find it hugely beneficial for all concerned to have families involved in the whole process. For these purposes, we also run a week-long family program which is proven to increase the chances of long-term success for our clients.
We base our interventions on 3 principles:
1) An intervention is an act of kindness and should be carried out with professional support for the benefit of both the family and the sufferer. Blaming and shaming play no part in a successful intervention or the recovery process as a whole.
2) What the sufferer thinks they need and what he/she actually needs are usually different things entirely.
3) Treatment for addiction to drugs/alcohol and other behaviors works. Our proven program has helped many different people throughout the world suffering from a complex combination of addictions and mental health issues.
We consider an intervention to be a powerful expression of love for an individual, where friends and family come together in support of that individual making a lasting change to their lives. The term ‘intervention’ is most commonly used when the traumatic event involves addiction to drugs and alcohol.
In addition, intervention services are often used to address other personal problems, including compulsive gambling, eating disorders, self-harm, tobacco smoking, workaholism, excessive computer/video gaming and out of control shopping. In other words, it is a tool that can be utilised by concerned families for almost any destructive personal behaviour.
Interventions at the Hader Clinic – No Guilt and Shame
At The Hader Clinic, an intervention is facilitated by an experienced, skilled interventionist in a gentle and caring manner. Our interventionists blend the best elements of three evidence-based models of practice known as the ARISE model, the JOHNSON model, and the SYSTEMIC model.
In real terms, this means our team member employs a firm yet compassionate and non-adversarial style which raises the bottom for the addict and assists them to accept treatment as a solution. At the same time, our interventionists masterfully foster a level of collaboration between the family and the individual which has often not existed for years, if ever at all.
This is achieved through our skilled interventionist helping everyone stay focused on the very real hope for recovery that treatment brings. The emphasis is always on this and it is imperative to eliminate the crippling guilt and blame from the equation. This often what prevents both individual and families from seeking or accepting help. Admitting there is a problem is often hard for everyone.
The Hader Clinic intervention is as much a healing event for the group as it is the individual. The Hader Clinic will provide professional recommendations for everyone affected by the disease of addiction and will work to serve the group’s recovery needs.
How the Hader Clinic Intervention Services Work
The Hader Clinic team has developed a caring, proven approach to interventions that have a high recovery rate for individuals who work with us through the entire coaching process.
While every intervention is different, the following breakdown covers all the main events that make up this life-saving process.
1. A concerned friend or family member calls a local treatment centre, talks to a medical professional or does a quick internet search to get some information for their friend or loved one. They either make contact with us directly or are referred by one of the doctors we work closely with or by a former client or family we have worked with.
2. Our Hader Clinic Intervention Information Pack is then sent via email or fax. This document outlines the process. The friend or family member will then be contacted by our Certified Interventionist who is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will discuss their concerns and together they work to determine options and formulate the best course of action.
3. Friends’ and family prepare for the intervention by reading some resources which provide vital information about how to achieve the goal of getting your
loved one to accept help.
4. Family and friends write letters of love and support to the person suffering. We find it extremely important for this to happen as any hint of anger or blame can prevent an intervention from working. Letters keep things clear and measured and make sure that people say what they want to without things getting too emotionally charged.
5. The interventionist makes any necessary travel arrangements and determines the fee based on expenses and services provided. A frequent question during the initial stages is, “How much will an intervention cost?” Seasons Sri Lanka does not charge for its services until an intervention is planned and this way we can give an accurate and fair assessment for the fee.
6. The night before the intervention, the participants gather at the interventionist’s hotel, or another convenient location, for a 60-90 minute intervention rehearsal. The majority of this time is spent familiarizing the group with the process, what to expect and going over the participants’ letters.
7. The following day, the interventionist facilitates the actual intervention and often escorts the individual to the treatment facility.
8. The Hader Clinic’s clinical/medical teams liaise with the interventionalist (if they are employed outside of The Hader Clinic team) and monitor the individual’s progression through treatment. The family is offered support as needed.
9. Often the interventionist will make treatment recommendations for the rest of the family. This can range from attending the The Hader Clinic Family information nights to attending specialist family counselling sessions with the Seasons therapist or someone we recommend.
10. After completion of treatment, The Hader Clinic provides the interventionist (if they are employed outside of The Hader Clinic team) with a discharge summary. The Hader Clinic offers ongoing aftercare, monitoring and case management services to the family and the client.
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Lying to yourself/denial
- Apathy /Exhaustion
- Memory loss
- Mood Swings
- Potential increase in risky behaviour
- Financial problems
- Sexual problems
- Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Lack of interest in work/school
- Lack of interest and ability in maintain relationships/friendships
- Damaged relationships with family members
- Lying to others
- Damaged self-esteem and self-worth
- Damaged relationship with self
- Lack of interest in life
- Inability to function without the drug
- Continued use despite negative consequences
The signs and symptoms of ecstasy addiction get progressively worse over time and there will be no resolution until effective addiction treatment and aftercare are sought.
Withdrawal from Ecstasy
Withdrawal symptoms will vary in length and intensity depending on the individual, the severity of the addiction and the frequency of use. The main symptoms can include depression, fatigue and irritability.
Ecstasy Withdrawal at The Hader Clinic in Melbourne
Ecstasy withdrawal is very specific and symptoms may vary in severity and duration depending on the client. Usually these are more psychologically uncomfortable rather than physically life threatening.
Accurate assessment by our capable medical team determines if our clients require a medicated period of detoxification. This will depend on the individual’s circumstances and symptoms are always closely monitored by our skilled clinical and medical staff and treated accordingly.
Our team are highly experienced in providing safe and effective ecstasy detox programs. They aim to keep clients as comfortable and supported as possible so they can participate in the program.