Ecstasy is a very dangerous drug that often poses a high risk of death.
This fact, is very much common knowledge, and therefore as addiction specialists, when we meet people who frequently “bomb” or “sniff” MDMA, we ask what is it that makes you feel secure with endangering your life? What makes you feel at home at being around troubled souls?
You already know drugs are dangerous, so why do you turn to them anyway?
Here at the Executive Rehab Guide, we work with the best drug rehab facilities across the UK, who focus on the reasons why you use, which ultimately help to break the chain of addiction forever.
MDMA/Ecstasy: An overview
Research and our experience have shown us that MDMA/Ecstasy is a highly addictive substance.
Displaying all the characteristics of an addictive substance, ecstasy causes the user to be impulsive and engage in risky behaviours.
Ecstasy is a street name of the methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, which is an illegal, synthetic drug, which is a stimulant that has potential hallucinogenic properties. MDMA or Molly are typically white, crystal-like powders, where ecstasy often comes in pill or tablet forms.
Whilst Molly is marketed as the purest form of MDMA, there is no way for users to guarantee what’s in it. MDMA and Molly are often cut with other ingredients such as amphetamines, rat poison, LSD and heroin.
Recent seizures of MDMA tablets have also been found to contain other psychoactive ingredients including ketamine and benzylpiperazine. For example, around 9% of tablets seized between July 2007 and June 2008 contained a piperazine-type drug. 
How to spot an addiction?
- Using alone without other people knowing
- Hiding your usage
- Memory loss
- Lying about the amount you take
- Using it to shut out negative thoughts
- Trying to forget memories or traumas
- Trying to numb any pain – physical or psychological
- Using it to turn down thoughts of guilt and shame
- Others being concerned about your behaviour
- Turning into a different person
Treatment: MDMA rehab
- Treatment programmes that last from 28-90 days
- 1-week detoxes
- Identifies any co-occurring issues and dual diagnoses
- Longer stays available for those with more problematic addiction problems
- Outpatient or inpatient (getting away from your usual environment, however, is recommended)
Out with the old, in with the new
The true work at rehab is to replace and create new habits that will serve you well throughout your life.
But even this work cannot begin without getting to the true root cause of your addiction problem.
First, the facility should work on getting you off the drugs, clean and sober with medically managed and supervised detoxifications.
Next, they will take a deeper look into the psychological damage and pinpoint the issues that drive you to use.
Whether it’s trauma, depression or a self-respect issue, addiction therapists are trained in working out what it is the inner you needs so that they can replace your addiction to stimulants with coping mechanisms that make you a stronger and happier person.
Types of therapy for ecstasy addiction
Without treating the reason why you take MDMA, preventing you from relapsing will be difficult.
Therefore, therapy will play a big role in your addiction recovery programme.
Many rehab facilities, like Castle Craig, have seen great success from their residential rehab programmes.
This is because their free drug addiction assessments work as the foundation for a medical director and psychiatrist to devise the correct type of therapies for your condition.
These can range from CBT to EMDR.
Castle Craig is one out of many rehabs that offer various types of therapies to help a wide range of individuals suffering from shame, guilt, regret, rejection, anxiety and depression.
Over 10,000 patients have passed through our rehab centre’s doors since 1988, and the majority have gone on to achieve, long-term abstinent recovery from their addictions – Castle Craig.
People in the depths of addiction often are in denial about what they are going through.
You may think that you’re ok, or sometimes you may not even care how your life is going.
That’s drugs for you.
But forget the drugs for the moment, because drugs aren’t the issue, the reason you take them is.
So, review the below questions and if you resonate with any of them it’s perhaps best that you seek professional help.
- Do you ever feel sad, hopeless, empty or worthless?
- Have you lost interest in your hobbies? Do you find yourself less interested in things you used to love?
- Do you lack energy and motivation? Have you lost your hope and faith?
- Is it difficult to get to sleep or stay asleep? Is it hard to get up in the mornings?
- Do you struggle to regulate your emotions? Do you feel scared and judged by your family and so avoid them?
Detox and rehab benefits
- Be in a secure and safe environment
- Medically managed detoxes with round the clock, 24/7 care and support
- Opens you up to a life-changing diagnosis that ensures you receive the correct help
- Experienced team of doctors, nurses and therapists (note, not all facilities will have onsite medical staff – ask us to see who does)
- Personalised rehabilitation and aftercare programmes (some facilities)
- Work on strategies to prevent relapse
You don’t have to do it on your own
This journey is going to be a long one. It’s going to require patience, effort, understanding and vulnerability.
Therapy is going to aim at helping you build a better, stronger relationship with yourself so that you can cope with whatever life throws at you reasonably.
 Home Office, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, MDMA (‘ecstasy’): a review of its harms and classification under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
 GOV.UK Research and analysis, United Kingdom drug situation 2019: Focal Point annual report, Updated 31 March 2021. 4.4 MDMA & Ecstasy.