How Long Does MDMA Comedown Last?
Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is a common drug in the class of intoxicants called “club drugs.” These substances are known for their use in nightclubs, dance clubs, raves, and general parties. They’re sought out by individuals who attend these events in order to enhance the party experience.
Ecstasy enhances one’s perception of colors and sound, increases sociability and one’s sense of empathy, and boosts energy. The feeling of bliss associated with ecstasy is how it got its name; however, this drug has potentially serious side effects.
How Does Ecstasy (MDMA) Work?
The effects of ecstasy — changes in perception, increased sociability, energy boost — occur because of the drug’s ability to block the reuptake of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are associated with happiness and pleasure, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. The brain therefore becomes “flooded” with these chemicals. After hours of this, the brain attempts to compensate for this unnatural activity by releasing less of these neurotransmitters in the first place. Then, when intake of the drug stops, users tend to experience a “crash” that results in opposite effects.
Ecstasy Withdrawal Symptoms
Symptoms of an ecstasy crash include:
- Memory problems.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Loss of appetite.
- Changes in self-perception.
How Long Does MDMA Comedown Last?
Generally, ecstasy comedown will last for about 24 hours, but can last for several days. How long MDMA comedown lasts varies from person to person and will depending on how much ecstasy was used, how long it was used for, and other factors such as other substances used, the person’s mental and physical health, etc.
After a few hours or a good night’s sleep, depending on how long an individual was on the drug, the brain adjusts itself back to normal. However, if the person continues to use ecstasy, taking it the next day and continuing regular intake for several days or weeks, the brain will develop a serious tolerance to the intoxicant. The compounded effects that cause a crash from a one-night bender can result in serious withdrawal symptoms that can last for days.
Ecstasy (MDMA) Addiction and Withdrawal Treatment
The symptoms from an ecstasy crash are bad enough; enduring several days of that can be very difficult. Ecstasy is a potentially addictive substance, and withdrawal is involved. People who become addicted to ecstasy or any other drug find that they can’t seem to get through the day without it. Even though it may seem unhealthy or begins to cause interpersonal, financial, or even legal problems, they can’t stop taking it. As the addicted person’s tolerance increases, quitting may seem like a monumental task.
Fortunately, there are options to make it easier. Medically supervised detox is a program that allows people struggling with dependence or substance use disorders to stay in a hospital or specialized facility for the duration of the acute withdrawal symptoms. Medical professionals can monitor patients for distress and treat any uncomfortable symptoms as they appear.
Even if medically supervised detox isn’t necessary, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor or addiction specialist before attempting to quit taking a drug that one is addicted to. Working with a healthcare provider and setting up a plan can help improve outcomes and set a firm foundation in recovery.
If you are concerned about the potential effects of ecstasy withdrawal or other health issues related to its use and are considering treatment, we encourage you to explore the many amenities that Desert Hope Treatment Center provides.
Desert Hope, American Addiction Centers’ drug detox rehab center in Las Vegas, Nevada, is ready to help you achieve a life of sobriety and long-term recovery. We offer several levels of care, including:
- Inpatient drug rehab.
- Partial hospitalization programming.
- Intensive outpatient programming.
- Outpatient addiction treatment.
- Sober living options.
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