MDMA is a synthetic drug that causes psychedelic and stimulating effects. This drug is known by many names such as Ecstasy, Molly, Hug and X-TC.
MDMA releases neurotransmitters in the brain that produce an enhanced feeling of pleasure, self-confidence and high energy. The psychoactive effects include peaceful feelings, acceptance of others and increased empathy. This drug can lead to addiction. It damages neurons that regulate mood, memory and other important brain functions. Ecstasy can cause confused thoughts, depression, restlessness and paranoia. Other effects are muscle tension, nausea, impaired vision and increased body temperature. Heart rate and blood pressure can rise, a dangerous risk for those with heart disease. Call Drug Treatment Centers Carteret at (732) 226-8901.
When ecstasy is taken with alcohol, the drunken feeling lasts longer. Studies have shown that when both drugs are used together, sexual arousal is heightened and inhibitions are lowered. Ecstasy pills are often made using other unknown drug ingredients. These unidentified ingredients can be even more harmful when mixed with alcohol, even resulting in death. Mixing X-TC with alcohol can lead to unsafe drug interactions and risky activities such as unprotected sex.
Certain prescription drugs can cause dangerous side effects when taken with MDMA. When taken with ecstasy, MAO inhibitors, prescription drugs for depression and/or anxiety, can result in death. Other drugs that are broken down via the same liver enzyme as ecstasy end up allowing both drugs to remain in the user’s system for much longer than they should. This is a dangerous situation than can be fatal and involves drugs like codeine and DXM, a common cough medicine ingredient.
People sometimes mix MDMA with other substances to increase their energy, make the experience more intoxicating or help the user calm down. All of these drug combinations are very dangerous.
Molly has been called the “club drug” because it is often taken in nightclubs and all-night dance parties called raves, with users believing it will allow them to enjoy their time at an event much more intensely. It is taken in tablet or capsule form either by mouth, crushed and snorted, or by inserting it into the rectum. MDMA effects can last for three to six hours. Users will sometimes take an additional dose when the first effects start to wear off.
In New Jersey, Molly is among one of the most commonly abused hallucinogenic drugs by adolescents. According to a 2014 report in USA Today, emergency room visits rose due to the use of this drug.
An MDMA overdose can cause a variety of symptoms, one of which is the body’s inability to regulate temperature. An overdose can cause cardiovascular, CNS, musculoskeletal, respiratory and urinary damage. The dangers of this type of overdose can range from convulsions to renal failure. This can occur if someone who is high becomes confused as to how much has already taken, especially if drinking alcohol or taking other drugs.
Using ecstasy frequently can cause someone to build up a tolerance for the drug quickly. The user must take a higher and higher dose in order to achieve the same desirable effects. This can lead to an addiction.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment for this type of addiction. This will change the way an MDMA abuser thinks and behaves and provides the skills needed to cope with stresses in life. There are drug addiction support groups that can be attended in combination with CBT for MDMA addiction recovery.
Call Drug Treatment Centers Carteret if you or a loved one is suffering from a dependence on ecstasy. This drug can have serious physical, mental and emotional consequences for users. Don’t let another day go by without seeking help. Our addiction specialists are ready to answer your questions at (732) 226-8901.
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