Ecstasy, MDMA, or Molly Addiction Treatment in Orange County

We Can Help You or a Loved One Stop Using Ecstasy in Orange County

Known as the “party drug,” Ecstasy reduces inhibitions while increasing and distorting one’s senses and time perception. Users report increased happiness (hence the name), empathy, and energy. But, when the party ends, the comedown can be fierce. After a dose fades, typically in 3-6 hours, users may experience:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Aggressive or impulsive urges
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Memory and attention problems

Over 90% of Ecstasy users take other drugs, often to cope with these symptoms. If you or someone you love has developed an Ecstasy use disorder or uses Ecstasy in combination with other addictive drugs, we are here to help you recover.

Do Ecstasy Users Even Need Help?

Ecstasy users may claim they have their use under control, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need rehab. Like other illicit drugs, Ecstasy can put users’ lives at risk and cause lasting harm to their bodies.

Myth: Ecstasy Is Not Addictive

By reputation, Ecstasy is a good-times drug, not a hard drug like cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. While the substance may not encourage dependence at the same rate as those drugs, a survey found that nearly half the drug users develop dependence, exhibiting continued use, withdrawal symptoms, and increased tolerance.

Myth: Users Know What They’re Taking

In 1995, tests of Ecstasy pills on the market found that only 10% of them were made of pure 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Pills sold as Ecstasy often contain MDMA cut with:

  • MDA (methylenedioxyamphetamine)
  • PMA (paramethoxyamphetamine)
  • Ephedrine
  • Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM)
  • Ketamine
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine

Unknowingly taking these substances, especially in conjunction with Ecstasy, can lead to unexpected reactions or introduce toxins that users are not aware of.

Myth: Ecstasy Is Not Dangerous

Users often quickly build a tolerance to Ecstasy, which results in them taking more or dosing more often. The drug affects users’ metabolisms and may inhibit its own breakdown and removal from the body which, combined with increased tolerance, increases the risk of overdose.

Side effects can include nausea, chills or sweating, muscle cramps, clenching of teeth, and/or blurry vision. The drug increases heart rate and blood pressure and, in large doses, can lead to increased body temperature. Because our organs need a certain environment to operate, this “hyperthermia” can cause:

  • Liver damage or failure
  • Kidney damage or failure
  • Cardiovascular system failure
  • Possible brain damage
  • Death

How Ecstasy Changes Users’ Brains

Ecstasy creates its signature feelings of euphoria by increasing the brain activity of three chemicals: dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. While you may recognize the first and the last of those as hormones that cause happiness, norepinephrine is a stress hormone (it accounts for the increased heart rate and blood pressure Ecstasy causes). In animals, serotonin receptors took years to recover after only four days of MDMA exposure. Though no similar studies have been conducted with humans, long-time users often report decreased memory and learning capabilities.

Ecstasy Recovery That Meets Your Needs

Though no specialized detox or treatment methods have been tested for Ecstasy, our Polysubstance Detox program can help you through the extended crash Ecstasy use may lead to. Especially if you suspect the pills you took weren’t pure (which is highly likely), having round-the-clock medical monitoring can decrease the risk of coming down. Dangerous substance combinations, like Ecstasy and alcohol, need to be treated by qualified caregivers in a medical detox center.

Our detox program helps minimize the agonizing side effects of coming off a drug. Once your body has adjusted to the absence of substances it was accustomed to, we work with you to create a personalized recovery plan. Dana Point Rehab Campus offers two levels of care: Users first go through our residential inpatient treatment, then transition to the less-restrictive partial hospitalization program. As you work through these programs, you will receive support in dealing with cravings and the skills you need to make your recovery stick. We offer:

  • Individual or group therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment
  • Family therapy
  • Access to recovery psychologists
  • Medication management
  • Mindfulness training
  • Art, yoga, meditation, and other therapeutic activities
  • Access to our pool and fitness facility
  • Personal care services

As residents move into the partial hospitalization program, our caring staff helps them maintain their progress while learning to manage the stressors of their outside lives. The holistic treatment model we use is geared toward giving each patient the best chance to start fresh.

At Dana Point Rehab Campus, we understand that stopping drug use is just the tip of the iceberg. Our staff follows evidence-based treatment guidelines to help users discover the underlying cause of their addiction, so they can heal in ways that will allow them to permanently change their relationship with substances. If you or a loved one is in search of holistic, evidence-based treatment for Ecstasy addiction, please reach out. Right now is always the best time to get help.

Let our compassionate professionals help you get sober and stay sober. Contact us at Dana Point Rehab Campus today by calling 949-239-7557 or reach out to us online.