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Ecstasy Detox & Rehabs by State

Ecstasy Detox & Rehabs by State

Ecstasy Treatment Programs In the United States


Ecstasy was invented in 1912 by a chemist named Anton Köllisch from Merck pharmaceutical. The original intention of this research was to invent a medication which would stop abnormal bleeding. MDMA was one of the compounds used for the medication. For the following 65 years, MDMA was forgotten ecstasy started to become a street drug early 70s. In 1980, Ecstasy ( called Adam) got very popular in United States, mainly in gay clubs and night clubs and then raves club used started to spread all major cities. At the end of the 90s, it was in U. K and Europe.

How wide spread is Ecstasy?

A survey done by the NSDUH in 2006, showed that 512,000 individuals 12 years of age and older have used ecstasy in the month prior to the survey. There was 860,000 people in the U.S. who used ecstasy for the first time in that same year. It is an increased of 20% from the year of 2005. The cost of a tablet of ecstasy is around 15$ to 20$.

Effects of MDMA

The effects of MDMA will start from 30 to 60 minutes after taking the tablet and will last 4 to 6 hours followed by a down period of fatigue and depression that can last from a few hours to several days.

The psychological effects of MDMA are the following:

A strong sense of inner peace and self-acceptance Feelings of insightfulness and mental clarity
Ability to discuss anxiety-provoking subjects very easily Increased awareness of body motion (Internal and external)
Decreased hostility and insecurity Increased feelings of intimacy with others
Euphoria Loss of appetite
Feelings of empathy Short-term memory lapses

The physical effects of MDMA are the following:

Abnormal dilation of pupils Increased heart rate and blood pressure
Difficult to urinate Increased mean of body temperature
Feel more energy Nystagmus (Rapid, uncontrollable eye movements
Gurning (Project the lower jaw forward, Trisma (Lockjaw)
normally caused by higher doses) Uncontrolled teeth grinding

Withdrawal symptoms of ecstasy:

Anxiety Panic attacks
De-personalization Paranoid delusions
Depression Sleeplessness

Danger of Long-Term Use of MDMA

Some studies have shown that people addicted to ecstasy have caused depression and anxiety even in some cases months after the last used. It also can cause long-term memory problems and cognition impairment. Long-term and high dosage of ecstasy had created psychosis that can last months. In some cases, there was some liver damage to the long-term users.

Is ecstasy addictive?

Although it is not usual to get physically addicted to ecstasy, psychological addiction has been very frequently recorded on its users. To feel the same effects, users need to keep on increasing their dosages over time continually. The false idea that it makes you feel good makes you want to keep taking more.

Ecstasy Detox Centers In the United States


Ecstasy is one of the most common yet most dangerous drugs available for recreation purposes. However, hospital visits related to using of ecstasy have risen exponentially. For this reason alone, it is wise to seek a detox program to prevent sudden problems of the heart. The respiratory system, or other brain monitored functions, which are subject to collapse. This is because ecstasy passes the blood-brain barrier, in other words, can affect the motor controls which we rely on for continuing to remain alive. This can result in brain damage, which certainly can occur during both use and withdrawal from this chemical cocktail. The detox procedure would be able to address any such problems quickly so that brain damage or other damage would be kept at a minimum during detox.

Often a habitual user of ecstasy could have developed health problems, which are not known and a detox setting can be extremely helpful to avoid further complications, which could have been prevented such as stomach ulcers or high blood pressure or damaged arteries, etc. A addicted user of ecstasy should be monitored for suicidal thoughts, as the depression can be overwhelming and thinking still muddied, which can be a recipe for potential and unnecessary disaster. It is highly recommended to be safely monitored through it.


Ecstasy overdose happens more frequently than what people think, and sends many young people to the emergency room daily. Every time a user takes the drug it can be a risk because of the different chemical doses that are contained within it. In some cases withdrawing off it has proven quite dangerous, and many users require a detox program.


psychotic Definition of the word tooltip psychotic episodes, delusional and confused (unreal) thinking
Anxiety, fear, paranoia
Can’t sleep, restlessness, agitation
Suicidal thoughts, deep and lingering depression, crying
A habitual user of ecstasy should consider a controlled detox setting for the reasons listed above. Tapering off the drug is not recommended, as it is an illegal substance and the consistency from batch to batch is never the same twice. A bit like Russian Roulette.
Once nutritional needs are met, and the person is over the worst of the above symptoms, this is done in a detox center.
A rehab program should follow without delay to ensure long-term success with recovery.


Detection takes 3 forms for ecstasy: urine, blood, and hair follicles. It can be detected in urine through urine tests. They will test positive for 2-5 days. However, for blood tests, the detection is possible only up to 24 hours and for hair testing, detection will test positive for about 3 months.

How to detox from Ecstasy

A tolerance to ecstasy can develop quickly, thus requiring the user to consume large amounts more frequently. Detox will be necessary because most ecstasy users are also using other drugs. Detox can be done in a conventional detox center, which must be an inpatient facility. Withdrawal symptoms can last two to three days.

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Dr. Rohit is a Diplomate of the American Society of Addiction Medicine who has been supervising successful detox for over 13 years.


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