What is Ecstasy?
Ecstacy is a synthetic drug that can be produced in the form of a capsule, pill, or tablet. Although the drug is illegal, it is highly abused due to its hallucinogenic and stimulant effects. The drugs result in feelings of increased alertness and distorted reality. Also known as Molly, X, XTC, and Beans, ecstasy contains the chemical 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) that creates its many potent effects. Learn more about ecstasy addiction and treatment options below.
How Does Ecstasy Work?
Ecstacy works by interfering with several brain chemicals to produce different effects on the individual. The most involved brain chemical is serotonin, a neurotransmitter that serves as a channel of communication between the brain cells. When ecstasy is consumed, the serotonin is disrupted, causing many different pleasurable and unwanted effects on the person’s mind and body.
Effects of Ecstasy Addiction
There are a variety of effects that can be felt as a result of taking ecstasy, some more dangerous than others. Short-term, long-term, and unwanted side effects can all be experienced as a consequence of consuming the drug.
- Short-term Effects: More energy, loss of inhibitions, stronger feelings, states of euphoria, loss of a sense of time, increased alertness, and heightened sexual arousal.
- Long-term Effects: Depression, poor memory, confusion, insomnia, worry, psychosis, and increased desire for the drug.
- Unwanted Effects: Increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, tightness in the mouth or jaw, hot or cold flashes, feeling faint, raised body temperature, organ complications.
Why are There so Many Negative Effects of the Drug?
There are multiple reasons why there is an increased risk of having harmful effects when taking ecstasy. Some of these reasons include:
- People take multiple doses of the drug at one sitting
- Since the drug is illegal and is not monitored, one does not know how much of the drug they are consuming
- There can be other drugs mixed in with the tablets
- Since the drug increases energy and physical activity, there is an increased risk of dehydration
DO NOT MIX ECSTASY WITH Caffeine, DXM, Amphetamines, PCP, Cocaine, or Ketamine.
Signs and Symptoms of Ecstasy Addiction
Ecstasy became popular in the 1990s as a recreational drug and was used widely in nightclubs and dance raves. Today, it is regularly used on college campuses and in private homes. Most people are uneducated about the dangers of abusing this drug and are putting their lives in peril with each use.
Some of the dangers of ecstasy abuse become evident with this drug is mixed with other substances such as:
- DXM (dextromethorphan)
- PCP (phencyclidine)
In many cases, ecstasy has been laced without the user’s awareness, leading to dangerous side effects.
Some of the warning signs of ecstasy abuse include:
- Disturbances in sleeping patterns
- Long-lasting, increased energy level
- Expressing a desire to be touched or to touch
- Reduced sense of pain
Because ecstasy is not a controlled substance, the quality and purity of the substance are not reliable.
Ecstasy addiction or abuse creates changes in the neurotransmitter in the brain known as serotonin. The levels of serotonin affect how the person responds to emotions such as love, trust, pleasure. It can also change the regulation of bodily functions such as hunger or sleep. When ecstasy interferes with the level of serotonin, the individual can experience cravings for more of the drug.
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