A fixture in clubs since the 1980s, Ecstasy is a designer drug that combines the effects of stimulants and hallucinogens. A common name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA, Ecstasy is a synthetic drug known to cause changes in mood and awareness levels of its users. A stimulant and mild hallucinogen, Ecstasy remains a Schedule I drug due to its high rate of abuse and high risk for causing harm to one’s health.
More popularly known as “Molly,” the drug creates feelings of energy, pleasure and warmth when consumed. Of course, this is assuming that the drug in question actually is Ecstasy. Like most club drugs, Ecstasy is often combined with other drugs – or other drugs are falsely sold as Ecstasy. According to research, many Ecstasy tablets contain not only MDMA but also various other drugs such as cocaine, ketamine, caffeine and methamphetamine. Somebody expecting Ecstasy’s effects might be in for a shock when the pill assumed to be Ecstasy actually turns out to be an over-the-counter cold pill or a dose of ketamine.
While there are no specific treatments for MDMA abuse, cognitive behavioral interventions continue to be the most sought-after interventions designed to help modify patient’s thinking, behavior and help in his or her long-term recovery. At Sovereign Health, we understand that substance use can be a sign of deeper problems. Providing each of our patients a holistic combination of traditional as well as experiential therapies including yoga, meditation and expressive arts therapy, the treatment team at Sovereign Health ensures that our clients receive a comprehensive treatment for Ecstasy abuse with best chances at a lasting recovery.
Ecstasy is usually sold in pill or capsule form, although the pills can also be ground up and snorted – which is dangerous as many of the binders used in pills can be harmful if inhaled. Also, many users frequently use Ecstasy along with other drugs like alcohol – which can be risky. Ecstasy is a stimulant, allowing users to stay awake longer and drink for longer periods of time, creating a risk of alcohol poisoning.
People abuse Ecstasy because it feels good; the drug affects the levels of both dopamine and serotonin in users, creating feelings of euphoria, trust and warmth towards others. It’s also why the drug is playing a role in research on people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and intense social anxiety. However, taking Ecstasy in a monitored clinical environment is very different from the chaos of a rave party.
The effects of Ecstasy does not last very long – around six hours for a strong dose. Often, Ecstasy users take additional doses when the effects start to wear off. Since Ecstasy is often mixed with amphetamines, extended use of Ecstasy often leaves its users grinding their teeth and jaws. The drug can also increase the body temperature. Ecstasy, when used in an active, hot setting, can cause problems with the body’s ability to regulate temperature and may even cause liver, kidney, and cardiovascular failure, and even death.