The Definition of Ecstasy
Ecstasy is known as MDMA which is the chemical 3-4-methylenedioxymethampheta-mine, a synthetic drug with amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic properties. It has been classified as a stimulant drug with a high risk of dependency amongst its users. Ecstasy comes in tablet form and often in branded with images such as the playboy bunnies and nike swoosh.
Ecstasy (MDMA) is a schedule I controlled substance. Its production, distribution and use is illegal. Those found to possess and sell ecstasy will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
Ecstasy is an illicit drug that is used for recreational purposes. Ecstasy is known as a party drug because it is commonly taken in club scenes or raves. It allows the user increased energy to remain on the dance floor for a longer period of time, an up lifted mood, along with a wide array of other desired effects. Ecstasy produces intensely pleasurable effects that enhances the users sense of self-confidence and increases their energy energy. Many ecstasy users experience peacefulness, acceptance and empathy, as well as a closeness to others.
Other effects of Ecstasy include:
- involuntary teeth clenching
- a loss of inhibitions
- transfixion on sights and sounds
- blurred vision
- chills and/or sweating
- Increase in heart rate and blood pressure
- severe dehydration
- dramatic increases in body temperature
- muscle breakdown
- kidney, liver and cardiovascular failure
- sleep problems
Signs and Symptoms of Ecstasy Abuse
Those who abuse ecstasy are normally caught up within the rave and club scenes, looking for a way to increase their energy and pleasurable feelings. While they are using the drug to feel good it begins to do damage to their minds and bodies, causing them to become dependent. Regular use of ecstasy often leads to the body first developing a tolerance where the user needs more of the drug to acheive the desired effects. As the dose increases and its use becomes more frequent the user begins to develop a physical and psychological dependency to ecstasy. When they abruptly stop its use they will experience painful withdrawal symptoms that can be overwhelming at times.
Signs of Ecstasy Abuse
- Unable to stop the use of ecstasy without withdrawal symptoms
- Thoughts and actions consumed by ecstasy use
- trouble at work
- change in behavior
- Lack of interest in usual activities
- Problems in personal relationships
Symptoms of Ecstasy Withdrawal
- Blurred vision
- Muscle cramps
- Clenching of the teeth
Ecstasy Addiction Treatment
Ecstasy addiction treatment often requires the addict to enter into an inpatient facility. There are no drug treatment for ecstasy at this time. During detoxification the withdrawal can be overwhelming but with the support of the staff within the treatment facility the patient will find relief in knowing that it soon will pass.
Cognitive therapy is an important aspect in ecstasy addiction treatment. It will allow the patient to acknowledge the behaviors, routines and dysfunctional though process involved with ecstasy abuse. The patient will be able to work through the psychological addiction they have to ecstasy and focus on developing the tools needed to maintain sober living.