Ecstasy Addiction: Detox and Withdrawal Timeline

Withdrawal is an unavoidable aspect of the addiction recovery process. There are a number of symptoms that manifest themselves over a period of time, ranging in severity from mild to severe. If you are trying to quit ecstasy, your withdrawal symptoms should be managed by a clinical team as part of medical drug detox.

What is Ecstasy Withdrawal? 

Ecstasy withdrawal occurs when you experience adverse mental and physical symptoms as you attempt to quit the drug after your brain is already dependent on it. If you are undergoing the process of withdrawal from ecstasy, you are more likely to experience psychological rather than physical symptoms.

The physical effects of ecstasy withdrawal are usually quite mild, with hardly any life-threatening symptoms. However, the psychological effects of ecstasy withdrawal can be severe enough to make you relapse to stop the discomfort. This is why withdrawal should only be managed by qualified medical staff in a clinic, rather than in your own home.

What Causes Withdrawal?

Ecstasy works by releasing neurotransmitters in the brain that cause feelings of pleasure, euphoria and high energy in the user. This process also deprives the brain of these hormones, which carry out important tasks in the body. Ecstasy users often abuse the drug by ‘stacking’ or ‘piggy-backing’. Stacking means you take more than three ecstasy pills at a time in an effort to increase your high, while piggy-backing means taking more doses as previous doses wear off.

This is done to prolong the psychoactive effects of the drug. Frequent users run the risk of developing a high tolerance for the drug, which could then lead to dependence. Tolerance for ecstasy occurs when you require increasingly larger doses to achieve the same effect, while dependence occurs when your brain chemistry is altered to the point that you cannot function without the drug. Attempting to quit ecstasy while being dependent on it will lead to severe withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms occur when you try to quit suddenly, forcing your brain to re-adjust to the absence of the drug. These symptoms are mostly psychological, though you may experience some mild physical symptoms. The psychological withdrawal effects are often powerful enough to cause you to relapse. Symptoms include:

  • severe cravings
  • anxiety
  • confusion
  • depression
  • paranoia
  • memory loss
  • difficulty concentrating
  • insomnia
  • agitation
  • loss of appetite
  • depersonalisation
  • psychosis
  • muscle spasms
  • mood swings
  • panic attacks
  • delusions

The withdrawal process differs from individual to individual. Factors that affect your ecstasy withdrawal process include:

  • Your tolerance level
  • The frequency and duration of your drug abuse
  • Your metabolism and general health

It is also important to note that ecstasy pills are often contaminated with other drugs, including cocaine, meth, ketamine or bath salts. These substances will also affect the withdrawal process in different ways. Undergoing the withdrawal process on your own can be quite dangerous.

This is because, during the process, your tolerance levels drop. If a relapse occurs during this time, you are at risk of a fatal overdose. The withdrawal process is best done in a fully-equipped medical facility as part of detoxification with medical professionals that will help you manage your symptoms and reduce the risk of relapse.


Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms manifest within a few days of quitting the drug. Symptoms generally last for a week and are often intense during the first few days, before declining in severity towards the end.

Days 1-3 –  In the first three days, you may experience anxiety, depression, insomnia, inability to concentrate, paranoia and irritability. The intensity of these symptoms may lead to loss of appetite, leaving you feeling both physically and mentally drained.

Days 4-10 – By this time the symptoms begin to lessen in severity. Some symptoms such as cravings, depression, insomnia, concentration and memory problems may continue.

Days 11+ – As the brain continues to re-adjust, symptoms such as depression, cravings, and concentration and memory issues may persist.

At Primrose Lodge, we provide personalised treatment and round the clock support in a caring and nurturing environment, to help manage your withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of relapse.

What is a Medical Detox?

While the physical effects of ecstasy withdrawal are often mild, it is not advisable to undergo withdrawal on your own. The psychological effects are quite severe and can lead to relapse or self harm if not managed properly. This is why addicts are encouraged to request admission into medical detox clinics. Medical detoxification is the process where medical staff assist in managing withdrawal symptoms caused by abstinence from drug use. The doctors and nurses in these clinics are trained to help you manage your withdrawal symptoms, and will monitor the state of your physical, mental and emotional health while your body tries to heal itself.

Home Detox

Some organisations offer home detoxes, touting the benefits of detoxifying in the comfort and familiarity of your home. This may seem attractive, but the advertised advantages can actually be disadvantageous. When you detox at home, you are exposed to the same environment where your addiction took place. You could still be tempted by friends coming over to ‘hang out’. More importantly, home detox does not come with the round the clock care provided by doctors and nurses at detox clinics.

Your family members are less likely to know how to take care of your needs and may not be able to help you effectively manage your withdrawal symptoms. In addition, you will have to go to the hospital for any emergencies. These issues end up increasing your risk of relapse. It is advisable to remove yourself from your usual environment and seek medical detox in an in-patient facility with specially-trained health professionals that will see to all your needs.

Benefits of Private Detox

Residential rehab for ecstasy addiction is your best bet when weighing up treatment options. There are a number of benefits associated with private residential or in-patient treatment that are not as prominent with other options.

Benefits you experience during your medical detox include:

  • Bespoke treatment taking account of your health history and existing health conditions
  • 24/7 medical care and support
  • Specially-trained doctors and nurses

During the residential rehab aspect of your recovery, you can expect the following benefits:

  • Safe and nurturing environment
  • Personalised rehab programme
  • Individual and group therapies
  • Address the root cause of addiction
  • Relapse prevention techniques
  • Experienced support staff
  • Round the clock care and support
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Family and friend support
  • One year complimentary aftercare support

The nurturing environment provided by residential rehab enables you to sleep better, eat better and feel better about yourself. You regain your confidence and acclimate easily when you begin your new substance-free lifestyle. Primrose Lodge offers all the above benefits and more. Contact us today for more information or advice regarding addiction treatment and admission into our private integrated clinic. We provide a medical detox unit and a residential rehab unit within our clinic, ensuring that your progression from detox to rehab is stress free.

We Can Help

The faster you seek help for your addiction issues, the sooner you can begin your path to recovery. As such, it is important that you seek help if you or your loved one is suffering from the effects of addiction. At Primrose Lodge, we can help set you on the path to permanent sobriety with our specialist and bespoke programmes, holistic therapies, experienced staff, round the clock care and support, comfortable accommodations and life-changing treatment. Do not wait for addiction to take your life away from you. Take charge of your well-being and seek treatment immediately.

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