EFFECTS OF MDMA
While it’s technically a stimulant, MDMA is quite an odd substance for the stimulant family because it offers a number of effects that many wouldn’t typically attribute to the stimulant family. Of course, as a stimulant, the drug causes an increase in energy, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. As well, the body’s temperature increases, causing a person to sweat and making him or her likely to become dehydrated in the process. But in addition to those stimulating effects, MDMA is also a very ‘sensual’ drug in that many of its effects involve distortions to the senses.
Many individuals who use MDMA find pleasure in the sensations they experience when feeling different textures and different types of surfaces. As a whole, tactile sensitivity is increased substantially. There’s also an increase in sensitivity to light while intensifying users’ emotions. It’s quite common for MDMA to evoke sexual arousal in users, making them much more emotionally volatile and exacerbating their emotional response. Overall, many users allege that MDMA intensity their emotional and physical experiences, but this effect comes at a cost.
MDMA WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
As is the case with most other substances, individuals who use MDMA frequently can become dependent on the substance. When someone uses MDMA, the drug causes a surge of neurochemicals in the brain, most of which are related to feelings of happiness and pleasure. If an individual continues to experience surges of these surges over a continuous period of time, the brain adapts by decreasing its own production and activation of those neurochemicals; this means that without MDMA, the individual experiences a deficit of these neurochemicals, which is what causes withdrawal.
Perhaps the most pronounced symptom of MDMA withdrawal is depression. After a period of experiencing intensely elevated moods, the individual ‘bottoms out’, which means that his or her mood plummets once he or she no longer has the MDMA maintaining his or her happiness through high levels of neurochemicals. As well, an individual experiencing MDMA withdrawal will feel lethargic and have little to no motivation. There will also be intense cravings for the drug, insomnia, anxiety, possibly paranoia, loss of appetite, and difficulty remembering things.
OVERCOMING ADDICTION TO MDMA
It’s quite an unpleasant experience to be addicted to MDMA, but there are many resources available for those in need. For a drug like MDMA, an optimal solution would be to enroll in some type of detox center, which would afford a person an initial period of time during which to overcome the physical aspects of addiction. When the detox period is over, he or she can progress into actual treatment, including psychotherapy, group sessions, and life skills training. Of course, this is just one of many ways to get sober. The important thing is to find the resources that best fit one’s unique needs. With such a variety of recovery resources out there, virtually anyone can find the treatments they need to overcome addiction to MDMA.