The article also talked about MDMA (ecstasy) user’s brain changes. It stated that there was a “reduction in cortical grey matter in multiple brain regions, which may translate into white matter abnormities characterized by “pruning” of the serotoninergic neurons.” This means when you use ecstasy you damage or prune back the neurons which make serotonin, a hormone associated with happiness. Because of this you will probably feel depressed when you stop using ecstasy and it may take some time for your brain to recover. They found similar alterations in the brain of cocaine users.
The difference is that with coke use you have neurotoxicity to dopamine neurons. Dopamine is a hormone associated with pleasure. Just like serotonin a loss of this hormone can make you feel depressed. And, because the neurons are damaged, it can take some time for you to feel naturally happy again.
So what does this all have to do with relationships? Many people have asked me about getting into a relationship early in recovery. This article shows that while using our brain is physically and chemically changed, and that restoration does occur with recovery and abstinence, but it takes time.
Therefore, that is why it is so strongly recommended to stay out of a relationship early in recovery. It gives you time to get back to your right mind. You can listen to Dawn Maslar-Ranish on the Holistic Lifestyles Radio every Friday At 2 PM EST go to www.holisticlifestylesradio.com to find out more information about the show.