Ecstasy: Dangerous In and Out of the Club

Ecstasy addiction may begin as experimenting with the drug at a rave or dance party, but can quickly get out of control. Also known as MDMA, Adam, XTC, hug, and the love drug, Ecstasy has properties in common with both amphetamines and hallucinogens.

The Dangers of Ecstasy Abuse

Scientific research shows that MDMA damages serotonin-producing neurons in the brain, which impacts the user’s ability to regulate mood, control aggression and sexual function, sleep and sense pain. In one study, exposure to MDMA for just four days caused brain damage that was evident six or seven years later.

I n high doses, Ecstasy can cause a dramatic increase in body temperature, leading to muscle breakdown and kidney and cardiovascular system failure. Other risks associated with Ecstasy abuse include:

  • Confusion
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Muscle tension
  • Teeth clenching
  • Nausea
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Faintness
  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Skin rash

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What’s Hiding in That Ecstasy Tablet?

One of the biggest concerns with Ecstasy abuse is the purity – or more accurately, impurity – of the drug. Particularly in the club setting, users never know what could be hiding in an Ecstasy tablet. For example, other, even more dangerous, drugs are sometimes sold as Ecstasy (such as MDA and PMA). Most commonly, Ecstasy tablets may be laced with ephedrine (a stimulant); DXM (a cough suppressant) ; ketamine (an anesthetic used mostly by veterinarians ); cocaine; and methamphetamine. While the combination of MDMA with one or more of these drugs is inherently dangerous, Ecstasy abusers might also combine them with substances such as marijuana and alcohol, putting themselves at further risk.

Ecstasy Addiction Treatments

One of the most effective ways to treat Ecstasy addiction (or MDMA addiction) is in a residential Ecstasy rehab center. Beginning with Ecstasy detox, individuals then participate in 12-Step meetings, intensive drug counseling, relapse prevention planning and life skills training. Other Ecstasy treatment options include outpatient drug rehab and community support programs. In Ecstasy rehab, addicts will learn a new way of life free from the influence of Ecstasy and other drugs.

Find out what type of Ecstasy addiction treatment program is right for you or someone you care about. Call 866-323-5612 for a free assessment and other treatment information and resources. There is life after Ecstasy addiction – a life that is well worth living.

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