Many wonder if there is specialized treatment for the men and women who find themselves suffering from an addiction to ecstasy. Although the drug is said to be only mildly addictive physically for most people, the emotional struggle is very, very real.
Just because there is no specific treatment designated for MDMA abuse does not mean that rehab centers where this addiction is treated cannot cater to the individuals in need of care. Because MDMA is a stimulant, it is likely to cause withdrawal symptoms that will last much longer than those associated with other substances like opioids, CNS depressants, alcohol, etc. This may cause an individual to require longer-term treatment as well, past the normal 90 days associated with acceptable treatment lengths.
In addition, “the most consistent findings are that some chronic ecstasy users have verbal and visual memory impairments” that can last for a long time even after the individual stops using the drug (NIDA). This is something that will require treatment as well, as it is related to the individual’s drug abuse and should be addressed in medical care. Because this memory loss can last such a long period of time, it may increase the length of recovery time as well.
Choosing Treatment for an Addiction
If you’re addicted to ecstasy or to the pure form of this drug otherwise known as MDMA or molly, treatment is available. Most of the time, the ideal treatment will consist of a combination of therapeutic methods which involve counseling as well as behavior modification.
Emotionally, many addicts suffer from depression and an inability to feel at ease in recovery. Medications that treat depression, anxiety and SSRI inhibitors can all help with these problems. Talk with your doctor or a counselor about medication treatment options that may be available to assist you.
Treatment is Different for Everyone
No matter what drug you use, your treatment length should be specific for you and go on as long as you are benefiting from it. While the general length of addiction treatment is at least 90 days, it may need to be longer, especially in the case of MDMA and other stimulants. However, there is no way to be sure how long your treatment program will take to be completed, and you may likely need to attend further programs throughout your life if your addiction to the drug was severe.
If you have more questions about MDMA addiction or if you would like to find a rehab program in your area, call 800-895-1695.