What Are the Risks of an Overdose of MDMA?
Although extremely rare, an MDMA overdose is possible, especially if users combine it with alcohol or other drugs. Additional risks may appear if the person is taking medication for preexisting health conditions that may interfere with the drug’s chemistry and lead to dangerous side effects.
Another problem with MDMA is that it’s rarely pure and users often ingest other substances as well, which may cause a life-threatening drug interaction. Most Ecstasy pills and powders seized by the police contain other substances such as PMA, methamphetamine, PCP, DXM, Cocaine, Ketamine, bath salts or caffeine.
Other risk factors that users should be wary of include hyperthermia and hyponatremia.
Hyperthermia refers to an increase in body temperature caused by the stimulant effects of the drug and the crowded environment in which it’s usually taken (rave parties, nightclubs). Overheating caused by dancing for hours and not drinking enough water can lead to muscle tissue injury, kidney failure, and heart failure.
Hyponatremia occurs when people drink too much water, which can cause the sodium levels in the blood to drop critically. In severe cases, symptoms of nausea, lethargy, and weakness can escalate into seizures and coma.
How Much Individual Therapy Will I Get in Rehab?
The amount of time spent in individual therapy can range from one month to one year or more, depending on how heavily the drug has been used and how it has affected the person’s physical and psychological health. Doctors understand that no two patients are alike and focus on creating treatment plans tailored to their specific needs. As such, it can be difficult to predict the exact length of therapy.
One thing is clear, though: because of the importance of discovering the triggers that led to pathological behaviors, one-on-one therapy is an essential component of any MDMA treatment plan. In fact, patients should continue with individual therapy even after they completed their treatment to ensure the sedimentation of healthy routines and proper cravings control techniques.
The longer a patient stays in treatment, the lower the chances of relapse.
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While MDMA doesn’t have the same catastrophic effects as heroin or cocaine, it still produces unwanted behavioral patterns and psychological blockages. Through individual and group therapies, addicts can develop the coping mechanisms they need and return to living a drug-free life.