Ecstasy, XTC or E is a synthetic drug. It is known under many names, including MDMA or Mandy. Some of the most commonly used street names include hug, love drug, beans and Adam, although individual tablets, often stamped with a little symbol, also get their own names. The drug is a stimulant and also has psychoactive properties. If taken in great quantities, it can also be a hallucinogenic. Ecstasy can be taken in various forms, including pills, capsules or crystals. It is known as a “party drug”, meaning it is often found in clubs.
The Dangerous Effects of Ecstasy
Ecstasy is a hugely popular recreational drug, not in the least because its use is often glorified in the media. However, although it is true that it delivers wonderful feelings of euphoria, it also has some very serious, negative and potentially lethal consequences. Liver failure has been reported, for instance in the case of a 14 year old who couldn’t be saved despite receiving a liver transplant. Other reported deaths have occurred as a result of exhaustion and dehydration, and some have had heart attacks after taking large quantities. This is rare, however, but the reality is that Ecstasy is rarely pure and is mixed with all sorts of dangerous chemicals to make it more affordable. One of the more commonly used chemicals to this is extent is rat poison. The drug can also cause permanent damage to the liver, kidney and brain. People have been shown to have permanent lesions in their brain tissue. Unfortunately, you do not have to take a lot of XTC to be susceptible to these injuries and damages.
Users will often tell you that XTC is not addictive. However, this isn’t true. In fact, over half of users do develop a dependency, which has recently been determined. More often than not, it is a psychological dependency, but this can still lead to depression, loss of appetite, fatigue and difficulties in concentrating if going through withdrawal.
Ecstasy Abuse Treatment
Sober Freedom offers programs specifically designed for Ecstasy addiction. The most commonly used type of therapy is cognitive behavior therapy, which has shown various positive results. Users tend to have to go through a detox process first, after which they can get assistance in dealing with their psychological dependency. For more information on Ecstasy rehabilitation click here.
Statistics in 2009 showed that some 2.8% people in our country over the age of 12 have used Ecstasy. In 2010, a further study demonstrated that 2.4% of all 8th graders, 4.7% of all 10th graders and 4.5% of 12th graders have used XTC at least once during that year. These statistics clearly show how widespread the use of Ecstasy is in the younger generations and that it isn’t found only in clubs, but also in schools. One last statistic showed that 43% of all Ecstasy users meet all the criteria for an addiction, which is incredibly worrying, particularly when considering the young age of many users.