MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy, is generally considered a drug for recreational use. Research shows that individuals who use Ecstasy can become tolerant to it, or psychologically dependent on the effects it produces, after repeated use. There is no real evidence to prove that individuals who use Ecstasy can become physically addicted to it. However, detox symptoms can and often do occur in users, when they reduce their intake or stop taking the drug altogether. The intensity of such symptoms will differ with the individual.
Onset of Ecstasy Detox
How long does it take for detox symptoms to show up? Withdrawal begins to onset once the effects of Ecstasy start wearing off, which is approximately 3 to 6 hours after last use. Usually, the body will get rid of the toxins within 2 to 4 days after last use, and the withdrawal symptoms will also resolve themselves during that time, but in some cases they can last much longer, like for weeks and months afterwards. Again, the duration of the symptoms vary with the individual and are connected to amount of drug used and length of use.
The most commonly experienced symptoms of Ecstasy detox are:
- Lack of motivation
- Trouble concentrating
As mentioned previously, the duration and intensity of these symptoms depend on the user, with heavier users experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. Rarely, the abuse of Ecstasy can cause psychosis in the user, even if the individual has no prior psychiatric history. Mild withdrawal symptoms don’t require medical attention, but it is advisable for heavy users to be under medical supervision while undergoing detox. Acute withdrawal symptoms include:
- Memory loss
- Muscle tension
Detox Treatment Options
Individuals going through Ecstasy detox should consult medical professionals. Trained doctors or addiction specialists will be able to determine the safest way for the individual to detox, as per their specific needs. The professionals can conduct physical and psychological assessments to create a personal treatment plan for the user, which should include mandatory follow ups and long term care options. Inpatient treatment centres are a safe and controlled environment wherein the individual can work towards their recovery. Outpatient centres are another option for those who cannot commit to a residential program.
Finally, it is important for the individual to be prepared and motivated for their detox. Surrounding oneself with friends and family who are sober is also an important step.
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