Substance Use

MDMA and Alcohol Substance Abuse

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Mixing Alcohol With MDMA: What Are the Dangers?

Young adults often use MDMA at clubs, concerts, and rave parties. People who use it say it gives them energy and makes them feel happy, relaxed, and connected to those around them. However, MDMA also has dangerous side effects. Some of these effects include dehydration, anxiety, and increased heart rate. Mixing alcohol with MDMA can increase these side effects and lead to other dangers. 

Regular use of MDMA can lead to addiction. The bodies of people who regularly use MDMA develop tolerance to the drug, requiring larger and larger doses to achieve the same effects. Users may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug as their tolerance increases. These symptoms can include fatigue, depression, and difficulty concentrating. Consequently, addiction to MDMA can lead to serious problems in both one’s personal and professional life.

If you or someone you know needs assistance with an addiction to MDMA or alcohol, please call Zinnia Healing at (855) 430-9439 to speak with a substance use specialist. We can help you find the treatment and support you need to recover.

MDMA: What Is It?

MDMA (also known by its street names of Molly and Ecstasy) is a synthetic drug that alters perception and produces feelings of euphoria, increased energy, and empathy. It is often used recreationally at parties or clubs and has become increasingly popular among young people. MDMA is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. MDMA is usually taken in pill form but can also be snorted, smoked, or injected.

The risks of taking MDMA include hyperthermia, dehydration, and serotonin syndrome.

What Is the Effect of Taking MDMA and Alcohol Together?

Alcohol is a depressant, while MDMA is a stimulant.

When these two substances are mixed, they can have opposite effects on the body. For example, alcohol can cause drowsiness and slowed reflexes, while MDMA can cause hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. This combination can be hazardous because it can lead to accidents or risky behavior.

Since alcohol dehydrates the body, it can increase the risk of dehydration and raise body temperature for people using MDMA in hot environments, such as dance clubs. This can be life-threatening.

Combining alcohol with MDMA also makes it difficult to know how much MDMA is in your system, increasing the risk of accidental MDMA overdose.

The effects of alcohol and MDMA together can also lead people to drink more alcohol than they intended, which can be very dangerous. Too much alcohol can lead to blacking out, vomiting, and even death. 

Alcohol consumption can also slow MDMA removal from the body, increasing the risk of organ damage.

The effect of drinking alcohol and taking MDMA together is unpredictable and potentially dangerous. The combination can lead to impaired judgment, recklessness, and accidents.

Additional Risks of Combining MDMA With Other Substances

Suppliers often cut MDMA with other dangerous substances. For example, cocaine, ketamine, and amphetamines are all commonly found in pills sold as ecstasy. In addition, synthetic cathinones (“bath salts”) are often added to Molly powders. These additives can increase the risk of adverse effects, such as heart attack or stroke.

People who take MDMA (or what is supposed to be MDMA) often combine it with other substances, such as marijuana and alcohol. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) warns that this practice may increase the risk of harmful health effects.

The effects of MDMA include euphoria, increased energy and pleasure, and distorted sensory perceptions. When combined with other substances, these effects can be magnified.

Overall, it’s best to avoid mixing MDMA with other substances, including alcohol, to reduce the risk of harmful health effects.

Both regular MDMA and alcohol use can lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction. 

These substances change how your brain chemistry works, and it can be challenging to break the addiction without professional help. However, getting help for addiction to MDMA or alcohol abuse can transform your life. You can learn to live a healthy, drug-free life with the right treatment plan. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the addiction but may include detox, counseling, and medication. The first step is to reach out for help.

For assistance, call Zinnia Healing at (855) 430-9439.

Long-Term Effects of Mixing MDMA and Alcohol 

MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 by a German chemist named Anton Köllisch.

In 1976, American psychologist Alexander Shulgin heard about MDMA and decided to test it out on himself. He found that MDMA causes euphoria and increased empathy, and he began sharing it with his colleagues.

In 1985, the US government placed MDMA on the list of Schedule I drugs, making it illegal to possess or sell. Despite this, MDMA remains popular among partygoers and continues to be used recreationally today.

The long-term effects of mixing these substances are not well-known because research on the topic is limited.

However, regularly drinking too much alcohol can lead to:

  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage
  • Heart disease
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Mental health issues

Taking MDMA on a regular basis can lead to:

  • Memory problems
  • Mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Drug cravings
  • Tooth grinding
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shaking, cramping, and muscle tension
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision 

Zinnia Healing Center Can Help 

If you have an MDMA or alcohol substance use disorder, you may find it difficult to function in day-to-day life. You may have trouble keeping up with work or school, and your relationships may suffer. Addiction can also lead to financial problems, as you may spend more money on your drug of choice than you can afford. Additionally, addiction can lead to health problems, both mental and physical.

If you’re struggling with addiction, it’s essential to seek help from a professional treatment program. With the right support, you can overcome your addiction and get back on track with your life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, our team at Zinnia Healing Center can help. We offer a variety of addiction treatment programs, including detox services and individual counseling. Our team of caring professionals will work with you every step to help you achieve your goals for recovery.

Contact us today for more information about our services.