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    Woman Is Worried About Her Sister’s MDMA Abuse

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    Woman Is Worried About Her Sister’s MDMA Abuse

    Caller: 25-year old woman calling on behalf of her sister

    Problem: MDMA (Ecstasy) addiction

    Seeking: Rehab options for MDMA with possible interventionist

    Reason(s): The woman admits that both her and her sister would use MDMA (Ecstasy) when going out to parties on the weekend. She states that both her and her sister are very close and enjoyed having the energy to dance the night away. However, she is concerned that her sister may have reached a point where she is unable to have fun without XTC anymore. She said, “I have read online that XTC is not addictive, at least not physically anyway. So I guess you do not get the same withdrawal symptoms as you would with alcohol or heroin. However, it did say that it might be mentally addictive.” According to the woman, the exclusive use on the weekends is no more; she said that her sister would begin to use on a Thursday, than a Sunday, and now uses more often than that. She said that she feels hypocritical about talking to her sister about the drug use, but feels that she is not dependent where her sister clearly developed a habit and a tolerance. She is also concerned about the increased dosage that her sister takes every time she goes out in order to chase after the desired effects. The woman said, “She is using more and more each time. Not only am I worried she is going to be broke eventually, but it also makes me worried that eventually her body is just going to wear out.” The woman wants more information about how to approach the situation with her sister and would like to know what steps to take next.

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