There may be less buzz in the media these days about MDMA but studies show use of this drug been growing steadily in the last five years among teens and young adults. Based on national surveys use of MDMA is no longer only associated with the concert, club or all night party scene but has become widespread in multiple venues and demographics. Data shows at least 11 million people across the country have used MDMA. The popularity of MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy methamphetamine) also referred to as "molly" or "ecstasy" is primarily attributed to the drug's powerful stimulant and psychedelic properties.
MDMA's strong undercurrent in the nation's chemical addiction epidemic is evident in the increasing number of people turning up in emergency rooms or seeking MDMA drug treatment. The surge in emergency room visits linked to the use of MDMA increased by 128% between 2005 and 2011 according to a report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This study was conducted following a string of overdose deaths that were directly linked to the use of MDMA
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) myths about this drug continue to fuel the belief that MDMA is "safe" for recreational use. And so, despite reported deaths and potential adverse effects, millions of Americans continue to misuse MDMA. However, based on scientific research conducted in the last two decades, MDMA has the potential to cause dangerous spikes in body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate. It was also shown in animal studies to cause damage to specific neurons in the brain. In a number of human scientific research outcomes long term and heavy use of MDMA was directly attributed to memory problems and cognitive impairments.
NIDA research scientists emphasize the important of seeking treatment for MDMA abuse or addiction to mitigate the progressive and potentially adverse effects of long term use of this drug. Since there are no federally approved pharmacological interventions for MDMA addiction, prevention and treatment is centered around cognitive behavioral and peer-led advocacy mediations.
The type and duration of treatment for MDMA drug abuse or addiction is designed based on the individual seeking treatment, severity of the addiction and whether there are any comorbid mental disorders. Treatment typically commence with a diagnostic assessment of the patient, followed by a medically supervised drug detoxification procedure and a customized continuum of care focused on full rehabilitation and sobriety maintenance.
Patients seeking treatment for MDMA abuse have the option of participating in short or long term residential programs or choosing an intensive outpatient recovery process.