Ecstasy Addiction: The Consequences and the Need for Ecstasy Addiction Treatment

The scientific name for Ecstasy is methylenedioxymethampheta-mine, or MDMA for short.

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What you may not realize is that Ecstasy was actually first created by Merck Pharmaceutical, and it was used as a psychotherapy medication. It comes in tablet form, and the contents of Ecstasy have changed greatly as the years have gone by. Currently, the pills that are available on the street actually contain smaller amounts of the original MDMA ingredient. They can be laced with a variety of other types of drugs too, including LSD, heroin and cocaine. Sometimes, Ecstasy can even contain rat poison.

It’s not surprising that this popular party drug has picked up a lot of other names over the years, even just purely for ease of use. You may hear Ecstasy referred to as any one of the following:

  • Adam
  • E
  • Eve
  • Scooby Snacks
  • X
  • XTC
  • Molly
  • Roll

Developing an addiction to Ecstasy can be incredibly dangerous because of the different short term and long term effects the drug can have. While Ecstasy is often used as a recreational or occasional drug, addiction is possible.

If you’ve become addicted to Ecstasy, it’s important for you to know that you don’t have to remain addicted to it. While it might seem as though you’re stuck in an addiction cycle, getting Ecstasy addiction treatment can help you overcome it.

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The Positive and the Negative: Short Term Effects of Ecstasy

If you’ve ever seen Ecstasy portrayed on television or in the movies, then you may have noticed that it’s viewed as the “love drug.” This is generally how Ecstasy got its name, because it gives you an increased sense of self-esteem due to the way it increases serotonin levels. The result is excessive happiness and enhanced feelings of desire. It’s also been shown to improve sex, and the high can last for up to six hours.

While these “positive” feelings are all quite true, they’re a huge price to pay for even the short term side effects of choosing to use Ecstasy. These can include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Easily becoming dehydrated
  • Getting muscle cramps
  • Developing a high or low fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Experiencing an increased heart rate
  • Having hallucinations
  • Having seizures

When you’re using Ecstasy, you also may not be able to properly interpret what’s happening around you. You may harm yourself or other people, and you can even develop organ failure with short term use.

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Ecstasy Addiction Symptoms and Ecstasy Addiction Behaviors in the Long Term

The positive feelings that result from using Ecstasy even one time will often lead people to continue to use it on a regular basis. Ecstasy abuse is how addictions are formed, and the long term effects are incredibly damaging. Using this powerful and potent drug may be risky short term, but when it’s used continually, it produces the serotonin producers in the body. As a result people are often dependent upon the drug just to experience happiness.

As time goes on, and as you continue to use Ecstasy without any thought of getting professional help for your addiction, it’s likely that you will suffer from brain damage. This occurs because of the way the serotonin producers in your body are continually affected. The first indicators of brain damage are likely to be memory loss and learning difficulties.

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Experiencing Ecstasy Withdrawal and Alternatives to Going Cold Turkey

If you are addicted to Ecstasy, it’s important for you to reach out for professional help instead of trying to quit on your own. Most people who try to stop using this drug on their own are not successful. It’s common for them to even turn to other drugs in an effort to fill the void that Ecstasy has left them with.

If you decide to attempt to quit using Ecstasy cold turkey, you may experience many of the following:

  • Feelings of confusion
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Feelings of paranoia
  • Problems with concentrating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chronic fatigue, coupled with insomnia

Also, it’s important to remember that because Ecstasy is rarely the same each time you take it, once you stop taking it, you might experience withdrawal symptoms that are much different from the ones on this list. In addition, the side effects during each use can vary too.

Ecstasy withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe, and you can even experience medical complications that require treatment by medical professionals. For these reasons, if you want to stop using Ecstasy successful, it’s best to do so through an Ecstasy addiction treatment center that includes a steady, slow drug detox.

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Finding the Best Ecstasy Rehab Centers for Your Recovery

The top Ecstasy rehab programs in the country offer their patients personalized treatment plans that are tailored according to their needs. They also don’t accept a lot of patients at one time, which allows them to provide a better level of drug treatment. Here at Northpoint Recovery, we provide these services to many in the Pacific Northwest. We can help you too. Contact us to learn more.