Repeated exposure can have even longer-lasting effects that persist long after MDMA use has stopped. This is because when such a large amount of neurotransmitters are released, it depletes the brain’s limited supply. These important neurochemicals take time to replenish and as a result, the pleasant effects of ecstasy or Molly quickly give way to unpleasant ones. Many individuals reporting feeling depressed and anxious after using MDMA and these feelings often linger as the brain tries to heal itself over the next few days, but repeated use can actually damage neurotransmitters and impair one’s ability to produce serotonin. The brain is incredibly adaptive and wants to maintain a healthy, balanced state — in response to elevated serotonin levels and overstimulation, the production of some receptors may be down-regulated or reduced. This is why those who frequently use MDMA experience prolonged periods of depression, anxiety and anhedonia, or the inability to feel pleasure, long after the drug’s effects have worn off.
DETOXING FROM MDMA
MDMA depletes the brain’s supply of serotonin, which can lead to extended periods of depression or anxiety, trouble sleeping, impaired memory and difficulty concentrating. Known as a “crash,” these effects can exacerbate existing mental health conditions or trigger the onset of new ones. Since ecstasy has such a profound impact on brain chemistry and cognitive balance, treating an MDMA addiction and detoxing properly is important to avoid debilitating side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is reported in up to 60 percent of ecstasy users and may be dangerous, causing adverse reactions such as tremors, high blood pressure, fatigue, confusion, paranoia and hallucinations.
At Journey Hillside Tarzana, our licensed medical professionals and nursing staff are available around the clock to provide patients with a safe and comfortable detox. We closely monitor each individual and thoroughly assess them upon intake, identifying any co-occurring disorders or other challenges to ensure the optimal level of care is provided. Our experienced team is adept at managing at a variety of withdrawal symptoms and provide discreet care as clients recover in a quiet, private environment that promotes relaxation and renewal. We understand that detox can set the stage for the rest of the recovery journey and develop customized treatment plans for each patient to ensure a comfortable, positive experience. This may include the use of medications when appropriate, to manage symptoms and co-occurring disorders. Once detox is complete, patients can transfer into our exclusive residential program for comprehensive treatment that allows them to rebuild their physical and mental health for lasting recovery.