Ecstasy is both a stimulant and psychedelic. It is a mind-altering drug that reduces inhibitions and promotes feelings of euphoria. Considered a “party drug,” Ecstasy is primarily abused by teens and young adults.
What Are Common Street Names?
E, Molly, Candy, Happy Pill, Love Drug, Adam, Beans, Roll, Lover’s Speed
What Does It Look Like?
Ecstasy is available in tablet, capsule, crystal, and powder forms. As a powder, Ecstasy is a white or light tan color, like beach sand. Ecstasy tablets can vary greatly in shape, color, and design. They are often designed to look like candy.
How Is It Used?
Ecstasy is most commonly sold as a tablet or capsule, so it is mostly used by swallowing. Sometimes the pills are crushed and snorted. Ecstasy is rarely smoked or injected.
What Are the Short-Term Effects of Ecstasy?
Ecstasy tends to distort time and space and produce a strong euphoric effect upon use. Individuals who use Ecstasy tend to do so as a way to escape or relax. It holds appeal for some because it increases sensitivity to physical touch. Users may also use Ecstasy to temporarily bolster their confidence or boost their energy, but these short-term effects also make users more prone to risky behaviors that could result in serious injury or death.
Why Is Ecstasy Harmful?
Ecstasy can pose immediate harm to the body shortly after it is taken. It can lead to blurred vision, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, dizziness, and powerful hallucinations. Ecstasy can be even more damaging when combined with antidepressants because each drug neutralizes the effects of the other, driving users to take Ecstasy in larger doses to achieve the desired euphoric sensation. This mixture can produce high serotonin levels that lead to hypertension, strokes, and even death. The negative physical and psychological effects of Ecstasy when used over longer periods of time are outlined below.
Long-Term Effects of Ecstasy Abuse
Repeated Ecstasy misuse can lead to dependency and health problems, including:
Degenerate nerve damage
Recognizing Ecstasy Addiction
Habitual Ecstasy abuse can lead to a neurological dependence on the drug. Ecstasy addiction can cause behavioral changes, including:
Unusual levels of energy
Change in appetite
Dulled response to pain
Over sensitivity to music or lights
What Does an Ecstasy Overdose Look Like?
An overdose occurs when an individual takes a toxic amount of Ecstasy. Ecstasy overdoses primarily occur when the drug is mixed with other substances. Because Ecstasy is purchased illegally on the streets, it is unlikely that the user will know the purity and potency of the drug. Often, users unknowingly consume Ecstasy that has been mixed with cocaine, methamphetamine, and ketamine. Because of this, just one dose could be deadly.
Signs of Overdose
High body temperature
Loss of eye control
Individuals who overdose on Ecstasy should receive immediate medical attention as overheating and dehydration caused by Ecstasy can lead to deadly health complications such as kidney and heart failure.
How Do You Treat Ecstasy Addiction?
The first step in healing from Ecstasy addiction is to rid the body of the abused drug. While Ecstasy tends to exit the body quickly, many Ecstasy users also abuse other illicit drugs, making the detoxification process more complicated. To determine if a medically monitored detox is necessary, it is best to consult with an addiction treatment professional.
During this detox process, individuals will experience some physical and psychological discomfort as the drug leaves the body.
Inability to sleep
Ecstasy Addiction Treatment
Once the body is rid of Ecstasy, treatment – whether in an inpatient, residential program or an outpatient program – can begin. Drug counseling addresses how the drug has negatively impacted the rest of an individual’s life and helps to change bad behaviors and habits caused by Ecstasy abuse. Professional counselors in substance abuse programs help individuals to understand the root of their alcohol or drug abuse, recognize triggers, identify any co-occurring disorders, and learn techniques to cope with cravings and stress to prevent relapse.
Addiction is a disease that completely upends an individual’s health — mentally, physically, and spiritually. Alternative therapies and wellness practices have the ability to complement drug counseling to help an individual regain a stronger sense of self as well as develop a healthier outlook and lifestyle.
There are a number of holistic therapies that can help those recovering from Ecstasy addiction. Individuals who used Ecstasy to pursue excitement or euphoria can find thrill in new, adventure-oriented activities, such as Ropes Courses. Users who relied on the drug to promote self-confidence and reduce their inhibitions may instead find relief through therapies that strengthen self-esteem and self-awareness, like Personal Empowerment. Those who took Ecstasy to avoid negative emotions may benefit from the natural mood-boosting effects of Cardio and Weightlifting, which produces feel-good endorphins without damaging the body.
High and low ropes challenge courses help develop teamwork and communication skills, deepen self-reflection as well as provide fun in sobriety
Dynamic coaching that creates a more positive mindset for the future by helping you gain clarity on your true desired feelings and identify strengths to achieve your goals.
Cardio and Weight Training
Series of endurance workouts and muscle-building exercises to help strengthen your body and improve your overall physical health.
Visit our Wellness page to discover other therapeutic activities that can help to improve overall well-being.
If you or a loved one is struggling with Ecstasy addiction, know that you are not alone. Our team of medical, clinical, and wellness experts are here to help you break free from addiction and achieve the happy, healthy life you deserve.