Studies done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse have revealed information about the nature of ecstasy abuse and addiction. Areas of the brain affected by the drug are also affected by proven addictive substances, but a general consensus has not been found among human ecstasy abuse and dependency. This is not to say that the drug is not dangerous. The synthetic drug, also known as MDMA, is a stimulant that is often found in party scenes, as it can keep people alert, active and friendly for hours on end. Many take it to stay up all night partying, not realizing that there are immediate negative effects that do not just occur when coming down off the substance, but while under the influence as well. Ecstasy abuse is especially dangerous because it is an unregulated, illicit street drug. There is no way to truly tell what you will get with each different dose. It is common for people under the influence to experience nausea, chills, sweating, muscle cramps, clenching of the teeth, blurred vision, and delusions while on the drug. This disruption of normal bodily functions is extremely risky, and has been known to be fatal in certain cases. If you or a loved one is suspected of abusing MDMA, call for help before a night of partying makes a turn for the worst.
The idea that not every person who uses the substance becomes addicted is actually one of the greatest dangers in doing the drug. Not every person who uses it is guaranteed to become addicted, but many users can and do form a dependency to the substance. The emotional warmth and mental stimulation people experience shortly after doing the drug is quickly followed by anxiety, agitation, and recklessness, but users continue to crave it. In addition to these cravings, long term effects on the body include:
Because ecstasy is a drug that is commonly used to stimulate pleasure, one of the most common adverse effects of the substance is uncontrollable negative emotions. Since the drug over stimulates serotonin levels in the brain, it can permanently damage your body’s natural ability to make the chemical. Serotonin plays a large role in how we feel pleasure. If you begin to take too much of the drug, it becomes difficult for the body to produce these natural substances; it relies on the MDMA to produce it instead. It eventually becomes hard for people to experience pleasure without the drug. Long term use has the ability to cause permanent damage, but even short term use can cause users to fall into a depressive state when coming down off the high. MDMA is very harmful to one’s mental health.
If you believe ecstasy abuse is beginning to affect you or a loved one, addiction treatment is available. An experienced medical professional will evaluate the variety of factors contributing to the abuse and set you up with a program to help you overcome the addiction. The psychological nature of the drug makes it challenging to combat on your own. Call us today at (405) 543-2996 and find the support you deserve.
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