By now, very few people don’t know what the drug MDMA or Ecstasy is all about. For years, people have recognized it as one of the party scene’s most popular drugs. Party or not, the drug has been problematic for the people who use it and also to the people they encounter. It might help to know about the side effects of MDMA and what an MDMA overdose might look like. Given the likelihood you will encounter the drug at some point in your life, here’s some useful information you can carry with you.
The Side Effects of Ecstasy
Ecstasy or MDMA is a synthetic mood altering drug. Users lay claim to the benefits including increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted senses. These sound like the perfect characteristics for a party drug, don’t they?
Unfortunately, man-made drugs seldom come without a threat to one’s general health. The most prominent side effects include things like sweating, nausea, muscle cramping, involuntary teeth clenching, blurred vision, irritability, anxiety, memory loss, and chills. Factoring these side effects, one would have to wonder just how pleasurable it could be to take this drug.
As far as information related to MDMA overdose, it really isn’t very common. One reason for this phenomenon is the way the human body metabolizes the drug. If the user is operating on one dose and takes another, the second dose diminishes the effects of the first one. That’s a unique drug quality.
More About MDMA Overdose
That’s not to say a MDMA overdose isn’t possible. If the user takes a large dose from the onset, there is a high degree of likelihood they will overdose. In that case, all the side effects mentioned above come into play. In some cases, highly exaggerated side effects will become noticeable.
Is an Ecstasy overdose life-threatening? Absolutely! Any number of the side effects mentioned above could put one’s life in jeopardy. Let’s not forget that MDMA has addictive qualities, as well. After long periods of abuse, these same side effects might appear as worrisome withdrawal symptoms should the user suddenly stop taking the drug.
Treatment for Ecstasy Addiction
The treatment process for ecstasy addiction is very much the same as with any other kind of addiction. At our premier Beaches Recovery addiction treatment center in Jacksonville, Florida, we encounter people with an Ecstasy or MDMA addiction regularly. Our normal course of action is to provide detox, when necessary, and follow-up with a customized treatment plan. We build our treatment plans around the following options:
- Dual Diagnosis treatment
- Family therapy
- Inpatient extended care treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
- Outpatient care
- Equine therapy
- Art therapy
For more information about dealing with an Ecstasy overdose or addiction, we encourage you to contact one of our Beaches Recovery addiction specialists at 866-605-0532. If it’s help you need, we stand ready to provide you top-notch treatment on your way to a lasting recovery from your addiction.