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At Right Path in San Diego, we understand the challenges of ecstasy addiction and offer specialized treatment programs tailored to address the unique needs of individuals struggling with MDMA (Ecstasy) dependency. Our comprehensive ecstasy addiction treatment program combines evidence-based therapies and personalized care to help individuals break free from the grip of this synthetic drug and embark on a path to lasting recovery.
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All About Ecstasy

MDMA is short for a synthetic substance called 3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine. Better known by its street names — ecstasy, X, E or molly — MDMA was synthesized by pharmaceutical company Merck in the 1970s as a psychiatric medication to be used in conjunction with therapy. However, in the 1980s, it made its way into the club scene and cemented its status as a party drug. To this day, it’s popular in environments that feature music and dancing. 

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How Ecstasy Is Used

Ecstasy is unusual in that it combines properties of a stimulant and a hallucinogen. It’s known for generating a “body high” that makes the sense of touch especially pleasurable, and produces visual distortions. It also produces feelings of connection and empathy.

Ecstasy is typically available on the street in tablet form, although it can also be found as a powder or liquid. As a comparatively expensive drug, it’s regularly adulterated with cheap impurities like cornstarch or baking soda. In fact, what is sold as ecstasy often contains cheaper drugs, such as meth or bath salts. Consequently, a purchased dose of ecstasy may also contain a variety of other substances, and it’s impossible to know how potent any of them actually are. Overdose is always a risk. 

In addition to the various adulterants already in most street doses of MDMA, some people also choose to combine it with alcohol, marijuana, or prescription medications. Other people pair ecstasy with stimulants, such as cocaine and meth, or enhance the drug’s hallucinogenic properties with LSD or mushrooms. Whatever the combination, it’s dangerous to stack other substances because doing so can mask the effects of ecstasy, and increase the risk of an accidental overdose on any of them.

Effects Of Ecstasy

Because ecstasy causes the brain to release large amounts of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, the high is very pleasurable. The side effects are decidedly less so. They often include nausea and vomiting, uncontrollable teeth clenching and teeth grinding, muscle cramps, chills and blurred vision.

Ecstasy is fully metabolized in a matter of a few hours, so people often take more than one dose in order to maintain the high. Eventually, though, the high does wear off — and the side effects often include: 

  • Sleep problems
  • Fatigue
  • Aggression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Concentration issues
  • Low libido

Ecstasy eventually limits the body’s ability to produce dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine on its own. Used frequently, it can cause permanent damage to brain pathways that deal with mood and other behaviors.

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How Addictive Is Ecstasy?

Researchers are still debating about whether or not ecstasy leads to physical addiction. There’s no question, however, that the drug causes psychological dependence, and can lead to behavioral health issues. Regular use of ecstasy can permanently damage neurotransmitters and worsen existing anxiety disorders. Over time, it can also cause a wide variety of problems, including mood disorders, memory loss, confusion, panic attacks, chronic insomnia, depression, severe anxiety and acute paranoia.

Right Path Rehab’s Approach To Treating Ecstasy Dependence

Ecstasy may have a reputation for not being addictive, but it can have profound effects on mood — especially when abused long-term. At Right Path Rehab, we begin by developing an individualized treatment plan that seeks to uncover the roots of your substance abuse issues. Using evidence-based therapy, medication and holistic treatments, Right Path Rehab will help you heal from your dependence on ecstasy — and help you connect with others along the way.


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Alexis Ecoff MA, LMFT, MCAP
As the Clinical Director for Right Path Recovery in San Diego, Alexis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of counseling and therapy. She has a strong academic background with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Alexis is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy in California, Florida, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
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