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Ecstasy / MDMA Addiction Treatment

MDMA is an abbreviation for 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, but is most frequently known as ‘ecstasy’, due to the intense euphoric sensation it causes in the user. MDMA is taken in either a crystal or white powder form, which can be dabbed onto gums, dissolved into drinks, inhaled through the nose or smoked. The most popular form of taking MDMA is in a pill form, mixed with other properties and compounds; this is generally known as an ‘ecstasy’ tablet.

In addition to the sense of euphoria, MDMA significantly changes a person’s attitude and outlook on life; the sensations are like those of amphetamines and hallucinogenic drugs due to the similar chemical composition.

If chronic MDMA abuse is left untreated, without intensive addiction treatment, there is a high risk that addiction will develop and symptoms will worsen, leading to a range of long-term health conditions. MDMA abuse will also cause behavioral issues and has negative impacts on working life, social life, personal relationships and overall quality of life.

Untreated MDMA addiction also increases the risk of developing a secondary addiction to alcohol or other drugs, thereby increasing the potential for additional health conditions.

It may appear daunting to attempt to overcome MDMA addiction; however it is crucial to remember that there is help available and it is possible. Cornerstone has a highly qualified and experienced drug specialist treatment team, made up of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and medical professionals, all dedicated and motivated to provide a unique, customized treatment program using a range of methods to support and empower maintainable, healthy recovery.

Free MDMA/ecstasy addiction assessment

If you have concerns that you, or a loved one may be suffering from an MDMA addiction, Cornerstone offers a free, confidential and comprehensive addiction assessment. There are many different indicators that a person may be struggling with an MDMA addiction; it can be a great relief to discuss these with an experienced professional. This assessment provides a safe, non-judgemental space to discuss what options are available and work best for you or your loved one. A highly experienced, qualified practitioner will go through the assessment with you, with plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

A team and environment dedicated to recovery

The practitioners you will find at Cornerstone have extensive experience in a vast range of clinical treatments for prescription drug addiction that ensures flexibility, accessibility and safety. Our drug treatment specialists provide a safe and non-judgemental space to support you through your treatment, to discuss challenges and motivations and help guide you through recovery.

The extensive range of therapeutic methods Cornerstone provides, enables us to design a personal, unique treatment program, allowing us to help you understand the underlying causes and triggers of your addiction, and achieve your goals, boosting confidence and self-esteem.

At Cornerstone we believe that there should be transparency between patient and practitioner, placing you at the center of the treatment plan with the ability to make decisions about the treatment you receive. We understand that addiction is unique from person to person, and so strive to deliver a treatment plan that takes into account all your needs, in order to address and identify the addiction, and heal the underlying causes for your addiction to achieve lasting recovery from addiction and move forward into a rewarding and happy future.

Ecstasy rehabilitation at Cornerstone

Cornerstone’s drug addiction treatment program typically consists of an intensive 28-day program which takes place at our treatment center where you will stay, following assessments from both our drug addiction specialists, and psychiatrist. However, we do not set rigid time limits, the duration of your stay will depend entirely on the severity and nature of your addiction and on what commitments and responsibilities you may have.

MDMA/ecstasy addiction treatment at Cornerstone is built upon the 12-step addiction treatment model; based on abstinence from the Alcoholics Anonymous organization (AA). This treatment ideology is based on empirical evidence and is customized to each person’s needs, circumstances. The philosophy behind the 12-step program is to focus motivation for recovery beside a set of guiding values and beliefs, challenging addictive and toxic behaviors and thought processes that fuel addiction, underpinned by spiritual influences that teaches both humility and self-worth.

Cornerstone’s MDMA/ecstasy treatment program consists of:

  • A complimentary, optional drug addiction assessment to allow confidential and non-judgemental discussion of any concerns and to learn what treatments are available, and best suited for your needs, based on the information you share
  • An optional 7 to 10 day withdrawal detox with medical assistance, consisting of evaluation, stabilization and education; following detox anti-craving medications can be administered
  • 1 on 1 and structured group therapy programs
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Information to seek legal support
  • Licensed recovery homes for post-treatment

If, for whatever reason you would prefer not to take part in a residential treatment program, we also provide high quality treatment programs for day treatment, or outpatient treatment, depending on your unique needs.

Cornerstone’s MDMA/ecstasy treatment options can be used either as a first admission point into treatment, or as you begin to reduce the quantity and intensity of treatment for those who have gone through an intensive residential program; this will largely depend on the severity and nature of your addiction and the style of support you feel is necessary.

What is MDMA/ecstasy addiction?

MDMA, or ‘ecstasy’ is a powerful, artificial substance that can dramatically alter a person’s emotions and awareness. It contains a similar chemical make-up of amphetamine and hallucinogenic drugs, thereby replicating some of the same reactions. MDMA can come in crystal or powder form, or manufactured into a pill form, mixed with other substances; in pill form MDMA is sold as ‘ecstasy’. In it’s crystal or powder form, MDMA can be smoked, snorted, dabbed onto gums or dissolved into drinks.

MDMA is most popular at festivals, clubs and raves and is often taken when attending dance music events. It is known as a ‘club drug’. Users experience feelings of intense joy, intimacy and love, alongside extended energy as the brain releases serotonin and dopamine.

If repeated and sustained MDMA use is not treated with specialist drug addiction treatment, there is a risk of long-term, damaging physical and psychological problems and even death.

Is MDMA/ecstasy addictive?

There is a lack of evidence to support the notion that MDMA has any links of physical dependence or causes any withdrawal symptoms; however chronic MDMA use risks the user placing priority on MDMA use until it becomes more important than work, school, relationships or hobbies, which can result in the person acquiring a psychological dependence or addiction to using MDMA. Furthermore, tolerance to the drug has the potential to build quickly, meaning the user will need to take higher quantities of the drug in order to experience the desired effects which can also result in a dependence or addiction.

In addition, whilst MDMA itself is not physically addictive, ecstasy tablets are often ‘cut’ (mixed), with other addictive substances such as benzodiazepines and opiates, which can cause a physical addiction if these are taken in large quantities.

Signs and symptoms of MDMA/ecstasy addiction

There are many variables that will determine what signs and symptoms will be experienced by an MDMA user, such as the way you take the drug, how much you are taking, how often you are taking it, alongside personality types and lifestyles.

However, experience has indicated that there are some general signs you can be aware of that can suggest you or a loved one has developed an addiction to using MDMA, for example:

  • Increased use of MDMA even when there is no occasion, but rather taking it alongside the persons usual daily routine
  • Needing to take higher quantities of MDMA in order to feel the same ‘high’, due to developing a tolerance to the drug
  • Continued, chronic use of MDMA despite experiencing adverse effects as a result of taking the drug, such as losing friends, strains on family or intimate relationships or poor performance at work
  • Placing a higher priority on using the drug than doing anything else
  • Finding oneself in financial hardship, and still dedicating money on using MDMA
  • Hiding how much, or how often the drug is taken and then lying or becoming defensive when questioned
  • Self-medicating with MDMA to alleviate the symptoms of underlying or co-existing mental health conditions such as anxiety, stress or depression

Causes of MDMA/ecstasy addiction

At Cornerstone, we understand that addictions cultivate through a psychological process called “Positive Reinforcement”; which means a person is driven to continue patterns of behavior due to a positive outcome as a result; if what we do feels good, we will continue to do it, on the whole.

Taking MDMA offers positive reinforcement in the form of the “high”; a person can feel relaxed, confident, euphoric, focused or able to go without food or sleep, thereby feeling more able, likable and proactive. If the person taking MDMA achieves the altered state they were seeking, it is probable they will continue to take it if they don’t feel able to achieve that state naturally, and eventually rely on the drug for that feeling. This pattern of behavior is what differentiates an addiction from occasional or one-time use.

In addition to positive reinforcement, research studies signifies a number of other factors which can make a person more prone to addiction, such as;

  • If a close or immediate family member struggles with substance abuse, the behavior may be normalized or encouraged
  • If a person is already struggling with a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety, the user may feel compelled to control the symptoms by using MDMA
  • If a person has experienced a traumatic or stressful life event such as divorce, bereavement or unemployment they may be attempting to mask the struggles with drugs

Self-help tips for dealing with the initial stages of MDMA/ecstasy addiction

It can be difficult to know where to begin when seeking recovery; below are some useful suggestions to support the early stages of MDMA addiction:

  • Be open and honest with people you love about the amount of MDMA you take, and how often
  • Accept that your MDMA use has become problematic and you are no longer in control of how much or how often you take MDMA
  • Make initial changes in your life to avoid negative influences and people that have historically enabled or triggered MDMA use
  • Begin to prepare to make significant changes in order to engage in treatment and maintain recovery from addiction to MDMA
  • Accept that the process of change is challenging and requires motivation and dedication

Crisis Care

Cornerstone’s customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, delivering excellent, prompt support to those in crisis.

Our drug addiction specialists are there to support those in urgent need of stabilization, providing immediate assistance and providing access to withdrawal detoxification, assisted by a medical professional when necessary.


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