What is ecstasy?
Ecstasy, or MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), is a synthetic club drug abused for its stimulant effects. Ecstasy is also known as XTC, X, Adam, hug, beans and love drugs.
Short term effects of ecstasy:
Using ecstasy is both dangerous and addictive. Usually taken orally in capsule or tablet form, ecstasy contains active chemicals that reach the brain approximately 15 minutes after ingestion. About 45 minutes later, ecstasy users typically experience a high that lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 hours.
Users often take ecstasy at clubs, parties and raves for its euphoric, inhibition-reducing effects. Initially, most individuals report feeling extremely alert, hyperactive, friendly, mentally stimulated and energetic. Many experience an enhanced sense of touch as well as changes in perception. Others bypass the high altogether, feeling the negative side-effects of ecstasy immediately.
- teeth clenching
- muscle cramping
- blurred vision
In some cases, ecstasy inhibits the body’s ability to regulate temperature, which can be fatal. With continued use, ecstasy can cause depression, sleep problems, drug cravings, anxiety, memory problems and confusion. Chronic ecstasy abusers also experience withdrawal symptoms after prolonged use and sudden discontinuation. Symptoms of ecstasy abuse can last for weeks after the drug has left the system.
Ecstasy addiction treatment.
While no specific pharmacological treatments exist for ecstasy addiction, certain behavioral interventions, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and inpatient treatment, can effectively treat ecstasy addiction. Relevant support groups also may also facilitate healing from ecstasy addiction. For questions about ecstasy effects, addiction and treatment options, please explore our programs or contact Caron.