How To Fight Ecstasy Dependency
What Is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy – known also by its chemical name MDMA – is a psychoactive (mind altering) “club“ drug that is stereotypically associated with persons who are associated with the “party scene” (i.e. raves, dance clubs, etc.).
As an amphetamine derivative and a hallucinogenic designer drug, ecstasy leaves users with an initial sense of euphoria that then gradually intensifies as the high continues. Ecstasy can either be taken nasally by snorting it when it is in powder form or orally by swallowing when it is in pill form.
In social settings, ecstasy can go by other names, some of these are: Scooby Snacks, the Love Drug, Vitamin E, XTC, Disco Biscuits, X.
What Causes Ecstasy Addiction
Users of ecstasy experience what are called “trips” and these “trips” can be extremely addictive, which can cause ecstasy dependency. Depending on the person that is using the drug, the average ecstasy trip can last approximately anywhere between three and six hours.
Ecstasy differs from many other drugs and addictive substances because it is not usually considered to be physically addictive. This is because during the initial stages of ecstasy use, an overall physical tolerance to the drug is rapidly built up. Although this stop causes of physical dependence, ecstasy abusers are not safe from the psychologically addictive clutches of the drug.
The overpowering feelings of love, the passionate feelings of euphoria, and the overall high can all become very real causes of an ecstasy addiction.
What Are The Symptoms Of Ecstasy Use And Dependency?
As stated before, ecstasy is different from a lot of other popular addictive substances because while physical dependence on it does not usually happen, psychological dependence is often developed.
If the user likes the experience of taking the drug then they have a “good trip” and if the user dislikes the experience of taking the drug then they have a “bad trip”.
Whether or not a person goes on a “good trip” or a “bad trip” will usually depend on any a combination of the following factors:
- The strength of the dosage of the drug
- State of mind when taking the drug
- Location where the drug is being taken
- Past experiences with the drug
- Who the drug was taken with
When an ecstasy “trip” has started it is usually signaled by one or more if the following mental and physical signs and changes:
- The user has intense feelings of love
- An increase in the user’s heart rate
- The user has feelings of Euphoria
- An increase in the user’s temperature
- The user’s senses are intensified
- The user’s has involuntary eye movements
Short-term And Long-term Effects Being Addicted To Ecstasy
While it does leave users with feelings of euphoria, ecstasy abuse is also followed by an overabundance of side effects. Some common telltale signs of ecstasy abuse are:
- Brain damage
- Loss of appetite
- Grinding of teeth
- Involuntary eye movement
Ecstasy abuse also produces a lot of psychological side effects that are seriously detrimental to the individual’s psychological health. Some of the more common psychological side effects are:
- Increased heart rate
- Reduced focus and attention
- Lingering emotion sensitivity
- Impaired drive and motivation
- Diminished concentration
It is worth mentioning that most of these psychological side effects will subside shortly after an ecstasy trip is over. However, serious ecstasy abuse can cause severe feeling of anxiety, as well as severe feelings of depression, to continue long after ecstasy use has stopped.
Permanent brain damage is also somewhat common in frequent users on ecstasy and memory and verbal functions and become permanently diminished
Beyond all of this, ecstasy abuse can also have a serious negative impact on various aspects of a person’s life. Not only can the user’s personal life and family life be threatened by ecstasy abuse, there is also the threat of damaging their professional life as well.
Losing your friends, your family, your marriage, your job, and so much more, are all real consequences of ecstasy abuse.
Recovering From Ecstasy Dependency
While ecstasy very rarely will cause physical withdrawal in users who are trying to quit, it will inevitably cause psychological withdrawal symptoms.
There are various types of treatment options for ecstasy abuse, such as; intensive treatment therapy, support programs, and behavioral therapy.
At Blvd Treatment Centers we work with you to create a personalized treatment program that is perfect for you and our needs.
Don’t let you or a loved one linger in the clutches of addiction any longer, contact us today get started on your road to recovery and rehabilitation.
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- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – Drug Facts; MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) – https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/mdma-ecstasy
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- 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 for Teens (NIDA) – MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly) – https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/mdma-ecstasy-or-molly