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MDMA Addiction Treatment

MDMA, also known as ecstasy, is a synthetic psychoactive drug that alters mood and perception, typically producing feelings of euphoria, emotional warmth, increased energy and increased empathy towards others. While many users report positive experiences on the drug, MDMA can also be highly addictive. The stimulating effects of MDMA causes dopamine and serotonin to flood the brain, leading to a sense of pleasure and reward. However, the brain can become dependent on the drug to produce these neurochemicals, that can eventually lead to addiction.

People who develop an addiction to MDMA may experience a range of negative consequences, including physical and mental health problems and difficulties in personal relationships. While you may feel a huge amount of shame and guilt as a result of your addiction, we know that it is an illness and it’s not your fault. You can find the support you need to overcome addiction and regain control of your life at Broadway Lodge. With five decades of experience as a renowned addiction treatment facility in the UK, our committed team is ready to assist you or your loved ones. Contact us today or keep reading to learn more about how we can support you on your path to recovery.

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MDMA addiction: Symptoms, family & health


What are the symptoms of MDMA addiction?

Repeated use of MDMA can lead to addiction, which can have detrimental effects on a person’s physical and mental health. Some common symptoms of MDMA addiction include:

  • Increased tolerance leading to more use
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Inability to control use
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Psychosis

If you or someone you know is struggling with MDMA addiction, it’s important to seek help and support.


The health risks of MDMA to you and your family

Use of MDMA can have significant health risks, not just for the individual taking it, but for their family too. Research has shown that MDMA can cause a wide range of harmful short-term effects, such as dehydration, anxiety and increased blood pressure. Long-term use can also lead to depression, memory loss and even neurological damage. What’s more concerning is that MDMA is often mixed with other harmful substances, which can have devastating consequences.

In addition to the health risks, there is also the potential for family members and close friends to be negatively impacted by the drug use, either through emotional distress or financial strain. It’s important to know the dangers of MDMA and to seek help if addiction becomes a concern.


What is MDMA and why is it addictive?

MDMA is a synthetic drug that alters an individual’s mood and perception by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin and dopamine. Its chemical structure enables it to mimic the effects of both stimulants and hallucinogens. It can induce a sense of euphoria, empathy and heightened sensations. However, its addictive properties lie in its ability to enhance the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward.

This flood of dopamine reinforces the neural pathways that lead to drug-seeking behaviour, making users more susceptible to dependence. Moreover, regular and prolonged use of MDMA has been linked to long-term cognitive deficits and irreversible brain damage.

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How Broadway Lodge can help

At Broadway Lodge, our specialist team is fully committed to helping you achieve lasting sobriety. As a resident, you will receive the necessary time and support to focus on your recovery and improve your mental and emotional well-being. Our team of nurses, counsellors, therapists, and healthcare professionals will guide you every step of the way, while your fellow residents will provide encouragement and support. From the moment you arrive, you will experience compassionate and non-judgmental care which is tailored to your individual needs.

We offer inpatient detoxification for physical dependence to certain drugs and alcohol and a comprehensive therapeutic programme designed to bring about significant and meaningful change. If you are using ecstasy alone, without other mind-altering substances or alcohol, you will not require a detoxification but our specialist medical team will be on hand day and night to manage any symptoms you may experience as a result of suddenly stopping use.

What our clients say

“I left Broadway Lodge abstinent of any medication or drugs and gained healthy coping mechanisms to deal with my mental health issues.

Pete, former client

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Our programme to full recovery

Our compassionate therapeutic programme involves a wide range of group and individual sessions each week. With the support from qualified counsellors and therapists, you will thoroughly explore not only your addiction, but the root causes of your using will be addressed so that you can begin to heal. Your attitudes and beliefs will be challenged to allow for positive behaviour change. You will also learn the tools you need to sustain your recovery for the long-term and develop healthy coping mechanisms for challenges, without the use of mind-altering substances.

The programme includes powerful group therapy at least once a day, every day, as well as lectures, educational and interactive workshops and house meetings. You will watch therapeutic films and listen to inspirational shares from people in recovery. We know that there are stressful times in treatment as you delve into the past and navigate your feelings so as well as meditation sessions, we offer holistic therapies that can promote healing and aid relaxation. These include auricular acupuncture, massage and Reiki. We also have specialist treatments, EMDR and hypnotherapy available.

While there is a daily schedule of sessions you will partake in, treatment is tailored to your individual needs. You will be set personalised assignments by your focal counsellor following individual one to one counselling sessions. With guidance, you will develop an understanding of the 12 steps and start to work through them at your own pace which will be particularly useful after treatment to help you stay on track with your recovery and help you to continue through a rewarding process of change.

People can book a stay at Broadway Lodge for MDMA addiction from four weeks up to six months although we recommend a stay of 12 weeks which provides the time and space to gain a solid foundation to recovery. Find out more about our life-changing programme at Broadway Lodge here.

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