Dangers of Ecstasy Withdrawal
By: Lakeview Health
Published: July 27, 2016

According to one 2004 survey, more than 11 million people in America have used ecstasy, a drug that also goes by the name of MDMA or Molly. While some of these individuals may have only used ecstasy on occasion, others become addicted to the drug. If your son or daughter struggles with this addiction, then find out what kind of support is necessary for a safe and successful ecstasy withdrawal.

How to Identify an Addiction to Ecstasy

If you aren’t sure whether your child is addicted to ecstasy, there are some signs to look for. The most obvious sign may be spotting ecstasy pills themselves, which are often brightly colored and look more like candy than drugs. Another sign of an ecstasy addiction could be an irregular sleep pattern. Ecstasy use can lead to energy for an extended period of time, followed by long periods of sleep and lethargy. It’s also not unusual for those addicted to ecstasy to have multiple injuries, many of which they don’t remember happening or can’t account for. Heavy use of ecstasy can lead to even greater problems, which can clearly point to an addiction. Regular use of ecstasy may lead a person to display signs of aggression and paranoia, which may turn to feelings of anxiety and depression. A sudden appearance of these hostile and depressed emotions could be a sign of an ecstasy addiction.

What to Expect During an Ecstasy Withdrawal

Spotting an ecstasy addition may be upsetting for parents, but it means that young men and women can start to get the help they need. The first step toward recovery will be an ecstasy withdrawal, which can be an uncomfortable process. Detox from ecstasy can last for a few days or up to two weeks in some cases, and it will always be best if the withdrawal period takes place in a safe detox facility. Patients and their parents should be aware of the most common withdrawal symptoms during an ecstasy detox, which are:

  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Fatigue & insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle stiffness & rigidity

Finding a Detox for a Supervised Ecstasy Withdrawal

To ease patients through an ecstasy withdrawal, medically monitored detox by licensed professionals is crucial. Trained medical personnel can ensure that hallucinations and paranoia are controlled and won’t harm patients or their families. The best detox facilities will offer:

  • Necessary counseling
  • Comfortable and secure living quarters
  • Excellent amenities to encourage nutritious eating and physical activity
  • Accreditation in the state, or from a major medical governing body
  • The option to detox in a men-only or women-only program

If your son or daughter is in need of a supervised ecstasy withdrawal, call 866.704.7692 as soon as possible. Lakeview Health in Jacksonville, Florida, can be the best way to help your child break free from an addiction to ecstasy.