How Does Ecstasy Work?
Ecstasy is a synthetic drug, one that produces intense feelings of euphoria and results in stimulant and hallucinogenic effects. Those who use ecstasy will typically use the drug recreationally and in a social setting. It is somewhat uncommon for individuals to develop substance abuse disorders that revolve exclusively around ecstasy – however, it is not impossible. This synthetic drug can be psychologically habit-forming. The hallucinogenic effects of this drug are not generally auditory or visual. Rather, those that are “high” on this chemical substance often report feeling a distorted perception of time and greatly enhanced senses. They also commonly report feeling euphoric, energetic, and more in-tuned to feelings of pleasure, both sexual and otherwise. These effects have made ecstasy a popular club drug. However, it is important to note that even taking this drug recreationally can result in serious – and sometimes fatal – side effects.
For a long time, ecstasy was associated with raves – large music festivals that traditionally involve a great deal of drug use. Eventually, ecstasy use made its way into nightclubs, and eventually into bars – nowadays, many demographics use this illicit drug. Again, it is important to note that regardless of the setting, ecstasy abuse is never safe and can result in a series of serious and dangerous side effects. This drug has become a staple of the standard “club scene” because it produces intense euphoria and allows users the energy they need to dance the night away, so to speak. But ecstasy use – even one-time use – does not come without a cost.
Side Effects of Ecstasy Abuse
Some of the most common side effects associated with ecstasy abuse include:
- Increased anxiousness
- An inability to fall asleep
- Decreased inhibitions
- Increased libido, which can lead to risk-taking behavior
- Increased body temperature, which can lead to overheating
- Panic attacks
The side effects of one-time ecstasy use are generally mild unless an excessive amount is taken. They typically resolve within three to six hours; however, the effects that take hold once the high has worn off can last for significantly longer. Because ecstasy directly affects brain chemistry and dopamine levels, those that are “coming down” from this high will generally feel depressed and exhausted. In some cases, they might even feel disillusioned and suicidal. Those who use ecstasy repeatedly are at a far greater risk of disillusionment and suicidal ideation.
More About Ecstasy Addiction
As mentioned previously, while ecstasy addiction is not all too common, it can still occur with repeated ecstasy abuse. Those who use ecstasy more than once in a short period are liable to experience a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Feelings of detachment from reality
- Confusion/an inability to organize thoughts
- Increased heart rate
- Extreme anxiety and hyperventilation
- Lack of appetite, which can lead to weight loss
- Extreme disorientation
- Swift and noticeable changes in mood
- A strong psychological craving for more ecstasy
If you have been using ecstasy in any setting, you must pay close attention to how you are feeling after each dose. If you take more than one dose in a weeklong period, there is a good chance that you are on the road to developing a physical and psychological dependency.
Ecstasy Addiction Treatment Program
At Agape Treatment Center we focus on providing men and women of all ages with the comprehensive clinical care they need to overcome addiction of any kind. When it comes to ecstasy abuse, there is a very good chance that other chemical substances are involved as well. For this reason, we offer a polydrug abuse program geared towards helping individuals who have been using more than one drug at a time. Additionally, if ecstasy was being abused for a prolonged period, there is a good chance that permanent damage has been done to the brain.
Many individuals who struggle with hallucinogen abuse eventually develop depressive disorders. Agape Treatment Center offers an integrated dual diagnosis recovery program if this is the case. For more information on our recovery program or to get started on your personal recovery journey, reach out to us today.