MDMA in its pure form is difficult to come by. Most of the drug is smuggled into the U.S. from Canada. MDMA is classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use. If you or someone you care about has a problem with ecstasy, get in touch with West Valley Detox, and get help not only with Ecstasy but also other types of drug and alcohol addictions.
How Do People Use Ecstasy?
People who use ecstasy usually take it as a tablet or capsule, however, sometimes some people prefer to snort the powder or swallow it in liquid form. The popular nickname Molly is a slang for "molecular" and it often refers to the supposedly "pure" crystalline powder form of MDMA, usually sold in capsules.
People who purchase capsules or powder sold as Molly often actually get other drugs such as synthetic cathinone which are mentioned in the previous paragraph.
Also, some people take MDMA in combination with alcohol or marijuana.
The Effects of Ecstasy
Ecstasy and molly promote a feeling of well-being, happiness, and friendliness. These drugs enhance the user’s sense of sight, sound, smell, and touch. Ecstasy and molly are common at dance clubs and raves, allowing the user to take advantage of their heightened sensations. The effects of Ecstasy use include:
- Heightened senses
- Calmness and relaxation
- Long-lasting energy
- Empathy for others
- Lowered inhibitions
Like most drugs, ecstasy, and Molly interfere with the brain’s pleasure center and natural levels of dopamine.
Ecstasy’s high generally lasts between three and hours. Depending on a number of factors including body weight, gender, amount taken, and method of administration, Ecstasy's effects can last up to 8 hours.
Ecstasy is Illegal
As long as ecstasy is illegal, any use of this drug is considered abuse. Some versions of ecstasy and molly do not contain any MDMA at all and the person buying them is none the wiser. Sometimes MDMA is replaced with PMA (paramethoxyamphetamine). PMA may create similar feelings to MDMA, but the onset is longer. It has a much lower lethal dose, so when users try to take more to achieve the feeling they get from MDMA, overdose is a serious possibility.
Taking more than the recreational dose of Ecstasy causes an overdose. Ecstasy overdose can cause seizures, foaming at the mouth, and a spike in body temperature. These can cause heat stroke or aggravate an underlying heart condition, both of which can prove to be fatal.
Addiction to Ecstasy, MDMA
Research and clinical viewpoints vary on how addictive Ecstasy is, or whether it is addictive at all. There are many individuals who report becoming addicted to Ecstasy, but the clinical research on the subject is less extensive than with many other drugs. A number of studies have indicated that Ecstasy is addictive, though to a lesser extent than many other drugs. However, that does not mean that an Ecstasy addiction that has developed is not a serious problem.
Recognizing an addiction to ecstasy can be difficult because the drug lacks obvious withdrawal symptoms and is often used by young people in social settings. Regardless, continued use of ecstasy can lead to psychological and physical dependence. When someone is addicted to ecstasy, they will continue to use the drug despite knowing the consequences. Even when ecstasy is not the only drug causing dependence, it can be a piece of a multi-drug patchwork of addiction.
How does MDMA affect the brain?
MDMA increases the activity of three brain chemicals:
- Dopamine—produces increased energy/activity and acts in the reward system to reinforce behaviors
- Norepinephrine—increases heart rate and blood pressure, which are particularly risky for people with heart and blood vessel problems
- Serotonin—affects mood, appetite, sleep, and other functions. It also triggers hormones that affect sexual arousal and trust. The release of large amounts of serotonin likely causes the emotional closeness, elevated mood, and empathy felt by those who use MDMA.
Other health effects include:
- Muscle cramping
- Involuntary teeth clenching
- Blurred vision
MDMA's effects last about 3 to 6 hours, although many users take a second dose as the effects of the first dose begin to fade. Over the course of the week following moderate use of the drug, a person may experience:
- Impulsiveness and aggression
- Sleep problems
- Memory and attention problems
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased interest in and pleasure from sex
Are You Struggling with Ecstasy Addiction?
If you are concerned that you may have an ecstasy addiction, reading this article is a good way to learn about what it is and what the dangers are. If you recognize one or more of the symptoms listed above, you may want to consider seeking help. If you are looking for help but don’t know how to go about it, ecstasy addiction treatment is available. Treatment can help free you or a loved one from an addiction to ecstasy.
How West Valley Detox Can Help?
As one of the best providers of addiction treatment, West Valley Detox offers high-quality care using effective treatments and unique and luxury amenities to make you comfortable while in treatment.
Our treatment model focuses on identifying any existing mental illnesses or mental health issues that may stimulate the need to cope with issues by using ecstasy and not only.
The next step in our treatment provides an initial support system for those attending treatment and teaches them healthier ways to cope with their addiction.
We offer a full continuum of care that encompasses the primary types of treatment all the way from detox for those initially struggling to aftercare options like sober-living, counseling sessions, and support groups for those maintaining their recovery.