Everything You Need to Know About Ecstasy


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Here's everything you need to know about ecstasy.

Ecstasy (a.k.a. XTC, X, Adam, E, Roll, A, 007) is an illegally manufactured drug, hence the name "designer drug." This popular drug is commonly swallowed (pill form) or snorted (powder) by teens who attend concerts or parties. Users think that it'll make them feel good and keep them energized, but this drug is quite dangerous. Many people have wound up in the emergency room or dead because of it.

A list of street names for ecstasy

How Ecstasy Affects Your Body

Ecstasy is both a hallucinogenic and a stimulant. This is why you'll feel a rush of intensely good feelings (the "high"). The feeling lasts for up to 6 hours. While this may sound great, there are some unpleasant effects you should also know about. These include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Dry mouth
  • Clenched teeth
  • Blurred vision
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Damage to the brain cells responsible for thinking and memory
  • Seizures
  • Swelling of the brain
  • Permanent brain damage
It's also possible that if you engage in physical activities (e.g., dancing) while taking ecstasy your body may dangerously overheat. This may result in the breakdown of your muscles, kidneys, and liver. It can also result in heart damage or even death.

A list of the short-term effects of ecstasy
The short-term effects of ecstasy

Side Effects of Ecstasy

When using ecstasy you're probably expecting to achieve some "pleasant" side effects. The most common include: 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever (Many people consume a lot of fluids in an attempt to limit the fever.) 
  • Teeth grinding (This is why you'll see many people with a pacifier in their mouths while on this drug.)
Once the drug wears off you'll feel tired, irritable, and depressed. Fortunately, severe side effects aren't common, but you should still know what they are. These include:
  • Psychosis
  • Brain bleeds
  • Liver toxicity
  • Severe dehydration
  • Extremely high fever resulting in muscle breakdown and kidney failure
  • Dangerously low sodium levels (caused by drinking too much water) 
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Cardiac problems (e.g., heart attack, potentially fatal arrhythmia)
  • Suicide

Ecstasy Addiction

Although nobody understands how addictive ecstasy is, the truth remains that ecstasy is addictive. It can become a serious problem for anyone who uses it. However, those around you may not even notice your addiction because there are no obvious withdrawal symptoms.

Continued use of ecstasy regardless of any negative consequences in your life means that you're addicted. You're also addicted if you find yourself developing a tolerance for this drug, using more than you'd intended, or spending a lot of time trying to get a hold of it. Unfortunately, this frequently leads to the abuse of various drugs at the same time. Once this pattern begins, you won't be able to stop no matter how hard you try.

Get Help for Your Ecstasy Addiction

If you or someone you love is addicted to ecstasy, there is help available. The first step in the recovery process should be an inpatient medical detox center. This will allow you to safely rid your body of this dangerous drug. Once you've done so you'll still need some help maintaining your sobriety. Addicted 2 Recovery is here for you throughout this journey. I want to personally extend an invitation for you to join our small community and surround yourself with the support of others who are also in recovery. I hope to see you there soon!