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Ecstasy Abuse and Treatment

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Ecstasy Abuse and Treatment

Ecstasy is just a word used to describe MDMA which is short form of referring to 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine. MDMA belongs to a class of drugs call phenethylamine and amphetamines. The effects of ecstasy react as a stimulant and psychedelic reaction when used because of the chemical structure ecstasy is made up of. Because of the effects received when using ecstasy many young people abuse this drug while partying and hanging out recreationally in groups.

Because ecstasy is a man-made drug, the potency and chemical dangers associated with it can drastically vary. Ecstasy is produced in illegal labs and other dangerous chemicals are often added while manufacturing this party drug. Those that illegally manufacture ecstasy sometimes add chemicals like PCP, amphetamines or cocaine to MDMA and then sell them on the drug market. Some labs actually use PCP or other illegal drugs like cocaine instead of MDMA while making it so there is definitely no guarantee what each ecstasy pill actually consists of. That's what makes this drug so dangerous.

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How Long Has Ecstasy (MDMA) Been Around?

Ecstasy has been around since the 80s but really seemed to take off as a party drug in the 90s by young adults and college students. Ecstasy became of drug of choice by many of the young people who shared interests in all night parties like 'raves' as well as many concert goers. MDMA is referred to as ecstasy, XTC, clarity, essence, and Adam on the streets by those that use this drug for the purpose of getting high.

How is Ecstasy Used?

Ecstasy comes in pill or capsule form most of the time and is swallowed but it can be found in powder form also. Some people snort ecstasy nasally and sometimes people smoke it; rarely does anyone inject it intravenously though.

Ecstasy Dependency

Ecstasy can become addicting especially for those that use large quantities as well as those who abuse it all the time. The other worrisome part of using ecstasy is the fact that you're never sure what toxic chemicals it consists of. This can make dependency to ecstasy even more serious and dangerous. Some people say that ecstasy isn't addicting but there have been people that have stopped using this drug and experienced; fatigue, appetite loss, depression, and loss of concentration. This shows there's withdrawal symptoms associated with the use of ecstasy (MDMA) in some people therefore dependency must have taken place.

Dangers Associated with Ecstasy (MDMA) Use

One of most serious health risks for those who abuse ecstasy is the fact that it can drastically change your body's ability to regulate temperature. This happens rarely but it does happen and it can lead to hyperthermia. If this happens it can cause organs to fail such as liver, kidney and cardiovascular system failure. Death has even occurred due to high doses of Ecstasy use. Remember as stated a few times in this article you never know what chemicals are in ecstasy or how much.

Other health risks associated with using ecstasy include:

  1. Raised blood pressure and heart rate, this is a concern for those who have health issues with their circulatory system or if they have heart disease. Some people are unaware they have these health issues and taking ecstasy could be more dangerous than normal.
  2. Teeth clenching is also an effect many people experience from ecstasy use, during raves people that use MDMA carry around pacifiers for this reason. Blurry vision, dizziness, cold chills or sweating are also associated with ecstasy use.

Many young people don't just use ecstasy during raves, concerts and parties. They also abuse marijuana and/or alcohol during these social events. Mixing alcohol with ecstasy is serious and should not be taken lightly. It's always dangerous combining drugs and alcohol no matter what the substance is. Because ecstasy is synthetic (man-made) you never really know what you're taking so this makes mixing or combining ecstasy even more dangerous.

Behavioral interventions may be in order for anyone who abuses ecstasy in high doses and chronically uses this drug. Young people don't understand the dangers associated with ecstasy and an intervention will help them understand just how serious this drug is.

Behavioral therapy helps the individual change the way they look at substance use and educates them on the dangers involved. When you're young sometimes it takes more than 'just saying no' to get the person to realize they have a problem, that they need help, and that there is a better and safer way to enjoy socializing and partying.


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