Ecstasy (MDMA) Addiction
The club drug MDMA, which is also known as Ecstasy, Molly or Eve, is a schedule one controlled substance. That means that it has no accepted medical use and is available for research purposes only.
Despite the strict scheduling of this substance, many people still become addicted to it each year. MDMA acts on a person’s brain chemistry in such a way that the long term effects and the come down from the experience can be detrimental to a person’s physical and psychological state of well-being.
Desired Effects Of MDMA
Commonly referred to as “the love drug”, users of MDMA typically use it in a club or party setting. The reasons for this is because the desired effects of MDMA blend in well with that particular environment:
- Mild hallucinogenic effects and perceptions
- Increase overall sensitivity to tactile sensations
- Great feeling of increased empathy
- Overall lowering of personal inhibitions
- Increase in energy
Despite all of these positive effects sought by users of Ecstasy they are also well aware of the negative impacts that this drug can have upon the body:
- A notoriously depressing and bad comedown
- Disturbances in sleep patterns and cycle
- Sweating and chills
- Teeth clenching
- Muscle cramping
As sad as it is to say, people that use MDMA either do not care or feel that any “benefits” achieved from using this drug outweigh any possible harms. However, this is one of the trademark signs of any drug addiction. The user of dangerous and addictive substances lose focus on the things that matter in life and shift their focus to follow the trail down to a destructive end.
Other Dangers Of MDMA
However, there is even more to the possible dangers of MDMA. People under the influence of this “love drug” are much more likely to make risky sexual decisions that they may later regret if they become pregnant or catch a disease. Furthermore, there are other long term implications of MDMA use:
- MDMA may result in toxic brain damage to a person’s brain that results in holes in their brain
- Possibility of receiving tainted / misrepresented product
While there are not many deaths attributed directly to MDMA each year, the vast majority that occur are because of misrepresented MDMA. People at clubs and parties are notorious for passing off whatever they can as Ecstasy. If a person does manage consistently to get quality MDMA, addiction is a real threat to their well-being. They will begin to desire the empathy, artificial happiness, and overall good vibes that MDMA produces for its users. It is when they put the desire to feel the effects of the drugs above anything else that the grip of their MDMA addiction becomes apparent to those around them.