Ecstasy - The Party Goer's Obsession

By: Ben Pate

Ecstasy is a very popular drug that many young people use when they want to go out and have a goof time. However, what many of these young people fail to realize is that they are putting their health in jeopardy every time the use this dangerous drug. Ecstasy addiction is very serious problem that can have dangerous consequences. It can lead to very serious health problems, and when taken in excess, even death. If you know someone who is struggling with an addiction to this drug, it may be necessary for them to undergo an detoxing from ecstasy before they check themselves into a rehabilitation center. A detox of this kind should only be done with the supervision of a medical professional.

Why Ecstasy

Ecstasy is a euphoria inducing substance that contains MDMA. It gives users a feeling of intimacy with everything around them. The drug is commonly associated with night life and clubs. However, once a person becomes addicted to the drug, they begin to use it whenever and wherever they can. This is generally how ecstasy dependency works. A person thinks they have control over a substance, however, before they know it they do not feel right without taking it. Pretty soon they begin to feel awful if their body does not receive the effects of the drug that it has become accustomed to.


The most common side effects associated with the use of MDMA include an alteration of consciousness, inner peace and self acceptance, lessened aggression or hostility, euphoria, compassion, a love for others, decreased pain sensitivity and many other nice happy feelings associated with a euphoria. These effects occur within 30 to 60 minutes of use and tend to reach their peak about 90 minutes after ingestion.


Some adverse effects of Ecstasy include, teeth grinding, loss of appetite, dry mouth. Once the drug has worn off, other after effects include anxiety and paranoia, depression, irritability, fatigue, inability to pay attention or focus, residual feelings of empathy or sensitivity. Dizziness as well as gastrointestinal disturbances occurs as well. The period of coming down from the euphoria that Ecstasy delivers is refered to as Tuesday Blues or 'Suicide Tuesday' this low depressive mood is a result of depleted serotonin levels that follow the use of MDMA over the weekend.

Health Risks

And overdose on Ecstasy is very dangerous and has many adverse effects. The psychological effects include anxiety and paranoia, and may even turn into psychosis. Acute delirium is common as well as hallucinations and delusions. Some of the physical effects of an Ecstasy overdose include muscle twitching, hyperflexia, rapid breathing, palpitations, chest pain, circulatory shock, haemorrhaging or stroke, syncope, brain damage, and can even lead to a coma or death. It doesn't matter wither MDMA is used recreationally or not, the dangers associated with the use of this drug are severe and can lead to death, which is why it is so important to seek treatment.

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An addiction to any drug is dangerous and must be treated, however, ecstasy abuse often takes a back seat as many believe it's just a party drug and therefore it cannot become addictive. This is not true as it is an addictive substance and many people are addictive to Ecstasy.

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