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Ecstasy Treatment Programs

February 6, 2010


Ecstasy Basics

Ecstasy is a psychoactive stimulant. It has hallucinogenic effects, sometimes causing individuals to see and feel things that do not actually exist. Ecstasy is a popular club drug that is commonly used at clubs, parties and raves. Often times, persons take it in order to have enough energy to dance for hours at a time. Other individuals take it in order to feel more affectionate, emotionally warm and sexual. Because of this, it is sometimes referred to as the ‘hug drug.’


What Leads To An Ecstasy Addiction?

Ecstasy can potentially become psychologically addicting.  Many people enjoy the way it makes them feel so much that they continually take it.  This may be especially true for persons who are involved in a culture where ecstasy is commonly used.


It is important for individuals to overcome an addiction to ecstasy because there are some risks involved.  Individuals are most notably at risk of death. There have been reports of individuals using ecstasy at parties, dancing all night and then dying from dehydration. Individuals often take ecstasy so that they are able to party all night. However, in the midst of partying many people forget to rehydrate themselves and drink an adequate amount of water. This can lead to dehydration and even death. Users must take special care to drink water. It is however, important that individuals not drink too much as this can lead to death as well. 


Another danger of taking ecstasy pills is that they are often mixed with other drugs, unbeknownst to the user. As a result, individuals may end up taking other drugs without knowing it until after the fact.  This can be quite dangerous if an individual has been taking other drugs. A serious and potentially dangerous interaction may occur. There is also some evidence that ecstasy damages brain cells, particularly the ones that are involved in the production of serotonin.  Serotonin influences memory, the ability to learn, appetite, pain and mood.


The Importance of Overcoming An Addiction To Ecstasy

An addiction to ecstasy can cause brain cell damage.


Ecstasy use can be dangerous because this drug is often mixed with others types of drug, often times unbeknownst to the user.


Ecstasy use can be lethal under the ‘right’ circumstances. If a person uses ecstasy and then parties for hours without hydrating themselves, there is the potential for death.




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