The Scary Reality Of Ecstasy Addiction
What Is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is the everyday name for the mind altering drug (psychoactive drug) known formally as MDMA (short for 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine). Ecstasy is a synthetic drug – meaning that it is man-made – and also an illegal substance as well. It can be highly addictive causing many users to form an ecstasy addiction before they even notice.
Along with a few other illicit substances, MDMA is often referred to as a “club drug”. What this classification means is that these types of drugs (i.e. MDMD and other “club drugs”) are simply just frequently associated with people who are a part of the club scene or party scene (meaning that they frequent dance clubs, raves, parties, etc.).
On the street and in the club, ecstasy (MDMA) usually has a wide variety of nicknames that it is often referred to as. A few of the more common nicknames for ecstasy are:
- The Love Drug
- Disco Biscuits
- Scooby Snacks
- Vitamin E
How Is MDMA Abused?
Like many other synthetic drugs, there are two very common ways that MDMA is usually taken.
Firstly, since the drug is manufactured in pill form, it stands to reason that taking it orally (via the mouth) is the most common way to use it. However, another way that the drug can be taken is nasally (snorting it with your nose) after crushing it into a fine powder.
As mentioned before, ecstasy is what is often referred to as a “club drug” and when it is taken in a party or club setting, it is rarely ever taken alone. Some of the more common drugs and harmful substances that are often taken with ecstasy include:
While in theory, ecstasy should be a pure drug with little to absolutely no contaminants; the reality of the situation is that this is virtually never the case. Over the years chemical analyses of the drug have found that without fail there is always consistently a large amount of additive drugs and dangerous supplementary chemicals added to ecstasy.
Nowadays, a lot of the ecstasy that is being used by the general public is chemically combined with harmful additives such as: cocaine, amphetamines, and PCP.
Lastly and probably the most deceitful thing of all is the fact that nowadays, a lot of the people who manufacture these drugs sometimes completely substitute MDMA for other stimulants (like the cathinones that are found in bath salts) and try to pass it off as ecstasy to unsuspecting customers.
How Addictive Is Ecstasy?
While some addictive substances can cause both physical and psychological addiction, ecstasy is somewhat different in this regard.
Ecstasy is only known to have a long standing addictive effect on a person’s psychological well-being, having no addictive effect (or at most a very small addictive effect initially) on a person’s physical well-being. Ecstasy is unique because once the drug starts being used initially, the user’s body quickly builds up a physical tolerance to the substance.
However, in no way does this mean that ecstasy is any less dangerous or addictive compared to other harmful substances.
The powerful feelings of euphoria, the overbearing feelings of love, and the other psychological effects, can all make it hard to break the hold that ecstasy has over a person.
Symptoms Of Ecstasy Use
While addiction to ecstasy does not usually occur after just one use of the substance (although it can happen), due to ecstasy being a “club drug” it is very rarely ever just taken once.
Addiction to ecstasy can show the following side effects:
- Significant reductions in mental abilities
- Sleep Disturbances
- Reduced interest in and pleasure from sex
- Lack of appetite
While most of the side effects that are mentioned above will often somewhat subside after quitting ecstasy, there are other health effects (caused by ecstasy abuse) that can linger for much longer or be more permanent.
- Heart failure
- Kidney failure
- High Blood Pressure
- Brain Damage
Treatment For Ecstasy Abuse And Addiction
Due to many factors – one of them being that ecstasy dependence is mostly a psychological addiction – there is no set method of treating ecstasy abuse.
Intensive treatment therapy programs, along with supplementary behavioral therapy programs, are a great starting point for any ecstasy abuser or addict who trying to make a change. These therapy types focus on the mental and psychological aspects of addictive behaviors, working to break the hold that an addictive substance can have on a person’s mind.
Here at Blvd Treatment Centers we have professionals on staff who are experts in their fields. Our therapists and staff members are not only proficient at helping patients break away from the clutches of physical addictions, they are also skilled with therapy techniques that work to help patients break away from the clutches of psychological addictions (such as ecstasy) as well.
Psychological dependency and addiction are hard to break on your own. If you or a loved one is battling with an ecstasy addiction then don’t wait, contact us and get started on your road to recovery and rehabilitation today.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Trends in the Prevalence of Marijuana, Cocaine, and Other Illegal Drug Use National YRBS: 1991—2015 – https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/trends/2015_us_drug_trend_yrbs.pdf
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – Drug Facts; MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) – https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/mdma-ecstasy
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- National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) – Club Drugs: Facts and Figures – https://www.ncjrs.gov/spotlight/club_drugs/facts.html
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