What can an individual do when they want to stop their dependence on Ecstasy? Is it ok to stop taking it abruptly? An individual who is addicted to Ecstasy will experience withdrawal symptoms as they reduce their intake of the drug or eliminate it altogether.

Ways to stop taking Ecstasy

Stopping Suddenly

It is possible for a user to stop taking Ecstasy suddenly. But the risks of doing that and withdrawal symptoms that follow will depend on the user’s frequency level. If an individual is a regular user of Ecstasy, then they are at a higher risk of relapse and more severe withdrawal symptoms. In such a situation a gradual decrease is the preferred course of action.

Stopping Cold Turkey

An individual who has been taking Ecstasy only for a short period of time, or has only used it for a couple of times can quit cold turkey. Such individuals have not yet developed the physical dependence upon the drug and therefore are at minimal risk of withdrawal symptoms.

Stopping with Medication

If an individual wants to take medication to help with quitting Ecstasy, then it is highly recommended that they consult a medical professional. A professional is well equipped to provide guidance, write a prescription for the correct medication, and even suggest a detox center if required.

Side Effects of taking Ecstasy

What side effects can be expected when an individual stops taking ecstasy? Regular users of ecstasy can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms when detoxing from the drug. The severity of the symptoms will vary by the individual and their level of dependency on Ecstasy.

Some of the most common psychological symptoms are:

  • Paranoia
  • Cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability

Some of the most common physical symptoms are:

  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Aches and pains
  • Feeling weak
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Thoughts of suicide

Once an individual has stopped using Ecstasy, they can expect to experience a lack of motivation or drive because of depleted serotonin levels. A lot of users take Ecstasy while partying, therefore it is likely that they will experience musculoskeletal pain as a result of aggravated dancing while on a high. Dehydration is another common occurrence. It is important to remain hydrated while detoxing from Ecstasy.

Are you or a loved one looking for information on how to quit using Ecstasy? Call Hired Power on 1-800-910-9299 and we can help support your journey with detox and treatment options