What is Ecstasy?
The scientific name for ecstasy is much more difficult to pronounce: 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (or MDMA). For our purposes, we’ll stick to ecstasy. Ecstasy is a frequently recreationally used psychotropic substance that is popular amongst partiers, especially young people in rave cultures. Although originally created by pharmaceutical companies to try to stop obsessive bleeding, the substance quickly developed a following for its psychotherapeutic measures. However, the adverse effects greatly outweigh the positive ones.
Effects of Ecstasy Use
The thing that draws people to ecstasy use is inherent in the name of the drug. Ecstasy also refers to an emotional state of consciousness that is dreamlike, almost like a trance. This is the state of mind that ecstasy puts you in. People who use ecstasy experience a hallucinatory state that is euphoric, for the time you are in it. It also reduces anxiety and increases calming emotions for a short period of time. Another effect of ecstasy is that it increases feelings of empathy that the user has towards those around them, but this can lead to a hyper-emotional state and can send people on a “bad trip.”
However, although the high of ecstasy is appealing to many, there are both short-term and long-term negative effects of ecstasy use. Many people who use ecstasy are at a higher risk of experiencing dehydration and hyperthermia, since their body’s nervous system will be disrupted, and unable to tell them that something is wrong. Using ecstasy also typically results in an increased, or abnormal, heartbeat, and can cause issues with a user’s digestive tract. Users are also at risk of experiencing harsh psychological effects, due to the psychedelic nature of the drug. This can result in depression, anxiety attacks, and paranoid episodes, as well as an increased risk of engaging in destructive behavior.
Although there are short-term issues with ecstasy abuse, the worst effects tend to be in the long-term. Using ecstasy regularly for an extended period of time, as many abusers who are in the social circles that are most likely to use ecstasy tend to do, greatly increases the risk of long-term brain damage. Prolonged ecstasy use can damage the nerve cells that are responsible for utilizing the serotonin in your brain, which can cause a person’s emotional state to be impaired, as well as cause memory deterioration.
Getting Treatment for Ecstasy Abuse
Although ecstasy is not discussed as heavily as other addictive substances, such as alcohol, opioids, or cocaine, it is still important for an ecstasy user to get the help that they need to stop using it before it takes a toll on their brain. At Renaissance Recovery Center, we believe that ecstasy can be treated in a similar way that we deal with other substances, through a multifaceted program that works to help an addict find medical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and behavioral recovery. To do this, we must cater to the needs of each individual, uniquely.