Ecstasy goes by a number of street names, including E, XTC, or Essence. It is a synthetic substance with psychoactive properties, and chemically it is akin to mescaline. Ecstasy is a stimulant which also has psychedelic properties, and like cocaine it can increase the energy levels of the user. This drug is popular among users because it can create distortions with time or perception, as well as tactile pleasure.
Ecstasy can be addictive due to the way in which it affects the brain. In particular, it influences the neurons that are responsible for managing serotonin, which is important for managing a person’s mood. A number of studies have found that over 40 percent of users have become dependent on ecstasy. They continue to use ecstasy regardless of the harm it causes them, and they also experience both a higher tolerance level and withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit.
Warning Signs of Ecstasy Addiction
There are numerous warning signs that a person may be addicted to ecstasy. They may suffer from fatigue, a reduced appetite, and feelings of depression. Additionally, users have frequently displayed a difficulty concentrating. Memory problems have also been noted in heavy ecstasy users. Additional warning signs include:
- Cognitive decline
- Increased body temperature
- Increased heart rate
- Blurred vision
- Sweating or chills
- Involuntary clenching of teeth
Side Effects of Ecstasy Abuse
In addition to the physical effects that this substance causes, ecstasy also causes many psychological side effects. Those that use this drug may appear confused, depressed, and as with other drugs they may display an intense craving for it. These problems will usually appear days and weeks after the drug has been consumed. Ecstasy research has found that when this drug is consumed for extensive periods of time, the neurons which are responsible for mood, judgment and thinking may be permanently impaired.
Another problem commonly found with ecstasy is issues with its purity. A number of unscrupulous dealers will sell drugs that appear to be ecstasy, but which are actually substances such as PMA, or paramethoxyamphetamine, which may be neurotoxic, killing anyone who consumes it. Additional side effects which result from ecstasy use incude:
- Muscle tension
- Problems with blood circulation
- Fainting or nausea
- High blood pressure
- Depression or mood swings
- Sleep deprivation
- Liver or Kidney failure
Ecstasy is a hazardous drug both physically and psychologically. It is popular among teenagers and young adults which makes it a particular cause for concern. Those that are struggling with ecstasy addiction should seek help as soon as possible. Entering rehab is one of the best ways to overcome the addiction and get back to living a normal, healthy, ecstasy free life. Addiction rehab services offer a number of treatment options, including holistic drug rehab programs or Jewish drug rehab programs.
Those that wish to enter rehab must first be assessed in order to determine the extent of their addiction, and the manner in which it can be resolved. Rehab services can be expensive, but the results of the treatment will be worth it. Payments are accepted in cash or credit card, and your insurance company may also provide coverage.
Contact us at NeuroPsychiatric Addiction Clinic today so you can get the treatment you need and live a healthier life.