Ecstasy AbuseMethylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, is commonly known as ecstasy.  Other names include Adam, E, X, Roll, or XTC, and it is a popular choice among drug abusers. The effects of this substance are a lack of judgment, memory loss, extreme sensations and the urge to touch and be touched by other people. This drug gives users more energy and keeps them dancing all night long at the club. Hence, the nickname ‘club drugs‘.  Also, users feel self-empowerment and experience increased sexual desire.

This drug was first created in 1913 by the pharmaceutical company Merck to be marketed as a diet pill. However, they decided against doing so.  Later, MDMA was studied and tested by other chemists for treating depression and was eventually placed on the Schedule I list of controlled substances by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).  There are conflicting reports of how MDMA made its way into the illegal drug market, but regardless of how it began, the devastation it has caused to hundreds of lives is unquestionable.

Do You Know the Ecstasy Abuse Signs or Symptoms?

Although the enjoyable effects produced by ecstasy sound fantastic, many people are unaware of the harmful effects that can occur while using this drug. The body goes into a different mode when you are on ‘E.’ All the dancing and other activity can cause dehydration, exhaustion, increased heart rate, seizures, and even death.

Long-term effects are also a major concern for people using MDMA. The drug may ultimately damage the serotonin cells that regulate mood, appetite, learning, memory, or pain. Without any of these senses, you would have to:

  • Force yourself to eat even if you were not hungry,
  • Experience significant mood swings,
  • or find that you are unable to remember what you have learned

Other effects include:

  • Depression,
  • Sleeping problems,
  • and anxiety.

These effects are good signs to look for when you are trying to determine if someone is using ecstasy.  The drug comes in pill multiple colors and usually has words or symbols on the front, such as the name “Adam” or a smiley face. Most ecstasy pills are easy for most to identify, using other Internet resources.

Get Help to End the Suffering

If you or a loved one are suffering from ecstasy addiction, seek professional help today and begin recovery. Our staff is available 24/7 to help you or your loved one find the treatment program that best addresses their unique specifications and situation.

Finding a rehabilitation center that offers a unique approach to recovery can be a daunting and time-consuming task, but our counselors are here to help.

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