Ecstasy, also called MDMA, is a hallucinogenic drug commonly used when people are seeking a euphoric high. MDMA—referred to as molly in its powdered form and ecstasy when in tablets—can create a feeling of energy and heightened sensitivity and awareness. Many people have experimented with MDMA—in 2014, more than 17 million people in America said they had tried the drug at least once, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. While it used to be mainly a drug taken at nightclubs or raves, in recent years the use of MDMA has spread outside of those circles. That could be an indicator of the drug’s potential for misuse or abuse.
In fact, while MDMA doesn’t appear to have the strong predisposition towards addiction like other drugs such as cocaine and heroin, there have been experiments indicating that there is the potential for MDMA addiction. Like other drugs, MDMA can affect the brain, producing reactions and changes in dopamine and serotonin levels that can lead to abuse. If you use MDMA and have experienced the typical symptoms of drug addiction—such as increased tolerance to the drug requiring you to use more to feel the high, or intense withdrawl symptoms when you aren’t using it—you should be asking yourself: Am I addicted to MDMA? Addiction to drugs, including MDMA, can have a destructive influence in your life, causing problems at home, work and school. You know you need to quit, but it’s important to get the professional help and support you need to be successful at overcoming addiction.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of MDMA/Ecstasy Addiction?
MDMA is a fast-acting drug, with symptoms usually occurring within an hour after taking it. There are several reactions associated with MDMA use:
- Heightened emotional responses
- Extroversion or lowered inhibitions
- A happy or euphoric feeling
- Increased empathy and goodwill towards others
- Heightened senses
- High blood pressure
- Tendency towards fainting
- Panic attacks
- Inability to judge distance and motion
- Seizures or unconsciousness in severe cases
- Rapid increase in body temperature
MDMA overdoses are uncommon, but some of the most intense symptoms—such as the loss of consciousness or an inability to regulate body temperature—can cause medical problems or even death in extreme cases. Also, because MDMA can act as a stimulant, if it is taken while participating in strenuous physical activity in a warm environment—such as dancing in a nightclub—that can lead to dehydration. However, drinking too much liquid can cause problems because MDMA can make the body retain water—which in the worst case can cause swelling in the brain—and affect how the heart pumps blood.
If you are dependent or addicted to MDMA, you may also notice the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Scattered thoughts that are often illogical
- Inability to stop clenching your jaw
- Muscle and joint pain
- Restless legs
- Problems with sleep
- Heart disease
- Decreased brain function
Ecstasy and MDMA Addiction Self-Assessment
If you are ready to take action and get answers to your questions, it only takes a few minutes to complete this MDMA addiction self-assessment. Get the information you need, and reach out to the professional team at Casa Palmera for help today.