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Ecstasy Addiction Treatment

Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is an illegal drug that is made from a synthetic substance that is chemically known as 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. The drug is a stimulant and a party drug, but there is nothing remotely celebratory about MDMA abuse or the resulting addiction, nor the effects it can have on one’s body. 

Ecstasy is a stimulant drug that can cause pleasant feelings, a freeing feeling, provide energy and, in some cases, hallucinations. The drug is popular with teens, and young adults who go to clubs, concerts, or “rave” parties and its usage is firmly ingrained in club life and party culture. MDMA is also known as a designer drug because it was created for the purpose of making someone feel high.

MDMA is otherwise known by its slang terms “molly”, X or Ecstasy and is one of the most commonly sold illegal drugs on the street. Since MDMA is an illegal drug, the complete ingredient list for the street supply is unknown, so users have no idea how toxic the version they are taking can be to their bodies and mind.

While Molly is a common name for Ecstasy, and they are used interchangeably, there is technically a difference between the two.

Ecstasy describes the designer version of MDMA found in pill or tablet form.
Molly is MDMA’s white or yellow powder or crystalline form.

The symptoms of someone on Molly can be the same as someone on Ecstasy, and both Molly and Ecstasy can potentially be cut with other ingredients.

MDMA can often have amphetamines, meth, or even caffeine added to the mix of “ecstasy”. Having all these additional stimulants to deal with can complicate the detox process, which is why MDMA is such a problematic drug to walk away from without professional assistance.

The drug MDMA is designed to “squeeze” a user’s receptors for pleasure until there is no more. These euphoric feelings can be addictive, but the return to your baseline can start to become a disappointment encouraging users to pursue the high once again.

The continued use of MDMA can lead to some addicts having bouts of malnutrition or unhealthy weight loss. An addiction can also depress the immune system, making users more likely to fall victim to other communicable diseases. While in the most extreme cases, addicts can end up dealing with severe organ failure and even brain damage.

Ecstasy can be swallowed (pill or tablet) or snorted (powder), with the drug’s effects usually lasting up to 6 hours. Symptoms of Ecstasy use include increased heart rate and can cause dry mouth, clenched teeth, blurred vision, chills, sweating, or nausea. It can make some users feel anxious, confused, and paranoid, like someone is trying to hurt them or is plotting against them.

If a user takes Ecstasy, their body can dangerously overheat during dancing or other physical activities, which can lead to muscle breakdown; kidney, liver, and heart damage. Ecstasy use can cause seizures, brain swelling and even death.

Seek out help for Ecstasy

Regardless of how controlling your MDMA addiction may seem, you can get professional help through our private rehab facility at one of The Cedars rehabilitation facilities across South Africa.

We specialise in treating a wide variety of addictions, especially addiction to MDMA or illegal drugs or prescription medication. To help you fully recover, we will first carefully assess your condition before providing an individualised course of treatment in our comfortable facilities that offer a tranquil place for you to work through our program

Addiction Treatment

Treating your Ecstasy addiction

When dealing with MDMA addiction, breaking away from our surroundings and usual routines can be the difference needed to break the cycle. Once you’ve removed temptation, you can focus your remaining time and energy on your recovery.

Your addiction treatment can include medical supervision designed to minimise withdrawal symptoms and make the process as painless as possible. Once cravings become less intense, you will work directly with our counsellors in a safe and serene environment.

Along with a comprehensive rehabilitation programme that will care for your overall mental health and identify the root cause of your addiction, and tackle it.

During rehabilitation, you will also be provided with various tools to help you achieve long-term sobriety so that once you’re back home, you have the mental clarity and recovery information to avoid relapsing.

Post-treatment for Ecstasy addiction

Once you are discharged from our facility, if you wish, you can continue treatment. We are open to providing additional post-treatment support. Studies have shown that recovering addicts who take advantage of aftercare stand a better chance of avoiding a relapse.

Don’t let your MDMA addiction rule your life. Take control today by getting in touch with us for professional help.

The pros and cons of Ecstasy rehab

There are currently no medical treatments aimed explicitly at treating ecstasy addiction, and behavioural therapy, like that used for other substance use disorders, proves to be the most beneficial.

Behavioural therapy requires you to open up and be open to change, along with having someone with the skills and expertise to guide you at your own pace makes all the difference.

The advantages of seeking MDMA addiction treatment in a private rehab like ours are numerous. We are equipped with some of the top addiction counsellors in South Africa, with years of experience in helping those battling an inhalant addiction to achieve a full recovery in a safe environment.

Other benefits of getting your addiction treated in our facility include the following:

  • Quick admission
  • Medical supervision
  • Personalised treatment
  • Private care
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Safe and peaceful environments
  • High-quality facilities
  • Aftercare services

These benefits, along with tailored solutions for your specific case, are available to anyone seeking out private rehab treatment with The Cedars in South Africa. Reach out to us today and start your journey towards recovery.

chemical addictions

  • CAT
  • Cocaine
  • Crystal Meth
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroine
  • Inhalants
  • Ketamine
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA/Ecstasy
  • Prescription Medication
  • Prescription Opioids
  • Prescription Stimulants
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Synthetic Cathinones

behavioural addictions

  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Gambling Disorder 
  • Gaming Addiction
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Shopping Addiction
  • Social Media Addiction

treatment phases & length

Primary Phase

This initial treatment phase forms the foundation of our highly effective addiction treatment program. Our primary treatment programme covered by medical aids is 21 days. The recommended treatment term at The Cedars is 90 days for the best possible outcome. True behavioural change takes time and practice, and it is our fervent belief that adhering to the recommended treatment term offers the client the best chance at sustained recovery. However, we have no rules about length of stay and our program is customized per individual. After abusing substances over a period of years, it can take the brain at least a month to return to the best possible cognitive functioning, where treatment efforts can be of maximum benefit.
After a physical health assessment, a customised medication assisted stabilization plan will be drawn up by our medical doctor and nurse to help clients abstain from substances safely and as comfortably as possible. The client begins one-on-one counselling, 12-Step treatment, group therapy and benefits from a healthy diet and regular exercise. Clients will usually complete the first three steps of the 12-Step program in primary care.


  • Medication assisted stabilization and withdrawal management
  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion
    and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Introduction to 12-Step program and written Step work
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun sober recreational activities
  • Healthy meals prepared by our in-house chef, regular aerobic exercise and yoga classes offered by a personal trainer, excursions

Secondary Phase

In the secondary phase, clients undergo a deeper exploration into the root cause of the substance abuse and other compulsive, self-defeating behaviour. They work hand-in-hand with our expert team to work through the balance of the 12-Steps, using the steps to process the damage and unmanageability their behaviour and substance abuse have caused in their lives, and the lives of their loved ones. They rely on their counsellors and the therapeutic community to identify their self-defeating behaviour and work towards change.
Clients are gradually given more responsibility in the community and given the opportunity to become role models and help the newer clients in their early process. Focus is put on discipline and routine, growth and responsibility, all to develop connection and self-worth. At the end of this phase, discharge planning and relapse prevention tools are explored, and short and long term goals are determined for when the client leaves treatment.


  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun, sober recreational activities

Tertiary Phase

During this final phase, our clients learn how to maintain their life in recovery, prevent relapse and reintegrate into society. Counsellors help the client prepare for a return to employment and family life. Important choices may need to be made that are most beneficial to sustaining long-term recovery. It’s also an opportunity for the client to take up a senior role in the therapeutic community, explore employment options and resolve any persisting behavioural addiction issues in the safest possible environment. Clients are given more freedom and responsibility and are able to work during the day and return in the afternoon.


  • Accommodation and meals
  • Weekly check-in groups
  • Check-in sessions with their counsellor, by appointment
  • Weekly 12 Step meetings

Addiction Treatment

post treatment support

When a client completes treatment, we are very sensitive to the fact that life in recovery is filled with challenges. At The Cedars, we have a number of structures in place to ensure the safest possible transition for clients from treatment and back into life.
We offer family workshops to educate families about the realities of addiction, and how to help their loved ones on their journey. We offer the client deep insight into the 12-Step fellowships, meetings and sponsorship – all vital to an ongoing recovery.
Our multi-disciplinary professionals are available to you when your loved one is ready to move into the next chapter. We are here to help you learn and grow throughout the process.

If you require post-treatment counselling, please click here