Ecstasy Addiction; a Dangerous and Deadly Affliction
All About Ecstasy
Ecstasy is not a new drug. It isn’t even a pure drug in its original form, as it comes from or is derived from MDMA. Ecstasy is a synthetic, man-made, psychoactive, psycho-stimulant drug that is chemically and basically similar to the stimulants methamphetamine and crystal meth. Ecstasy produces immense and overpowering feelings of increased energy, euphoria, emotional warmth and distortions in time perception, space, distance, depth perception, and other factors. The drug can be highly addictive for some users, and even though ecstasy technically does not create chemical dependancies like heroin or alcohol does, ecstasy can still cause immense addictions in those who take it, and it often does.
Street names for ecstasy are just as plentiful if not more so than all the different types and modifications of basic ecstasy that exist on the streets today. For example, just a few of the names for ecstasy are: E, 4 Dot, Beans, Rolls, Wafers, XTC, White Nothing, and Hug Drug.
This is a dangerous and increasingly popular drug. Ecstasy increases the heart rate to unhealthy speeds, and it dehydrates the human body very quickly. Ecstasy also causes the individual to feel as though he or she can keep moving and dancing, (as those who take ecstasy usually do), without stopping. Individuals on ecstasy won’t notice when their bodies start to shut down, and will simply keep going. Individuals can also overdose on ecstasy, and can even die from it.
People who take ecstasy are also very likely to have seizures and black outs. To top it all off, ecstasy acts like alcohol except on a much stronger level in that it lowers inhibitions greatly, and individuals who are high on ecstasy are more then fifteen times more likely to do something that they would seriously regret later than those who are not high on ecstasy but in the same or similar situation.
Signs and Symptoms of Ecstasy Abuse
Ecstasy, as is proven in the following facts and statistics, is a very common and prevalent drug that is abused and used amongst younger adults and teens. Because of this fact, it is important for parents and loved ones to know and be able to see the signs and symptoms of ecstasy abuse when they are occurring in a loved one or family member. Listed below are just a few of these such signs and symptoms:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Teeth grinding
- Sleep problems
- Severe anxiety
- Drug craving
- Damage to the brain’s nerve endings that are responsible for thought and memory
- Impaired function and bodily production of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood, memory, sleep and appetite
Statistics on the Problem; Ecstasy Increasing in Popularity
The use and abuse of ecstasy has become a serious issue and problem in the United States today. In fact, recent years have seen ecstasy abuse and addiction statistics, overdoses, seizures caused, and difficulties the likes of which has never been seen before. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), along with the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), worked together to record these statistics and survey results. Some of the findings have been listed below to provide the reader with context:
- According to a report done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), approximately 503,000 Americans of the age of twelve or older used ecstasy in the year 2007.
- Among American residents from the ages of twelve to seventeen years old, ecstasy use is growing significantly. Almost two percent of the nation’s youth reported using ecstasy in 2008, up from less than one percent in the year 2005.
- In the year 2010, seven percent of high school seniors reported using Ecstasy at least once in their lives, as did six percent of 10th graders and three percent of 8th graders.
- In 2009, about 760,000 Americans over the age of twelve reported using MDMA in the past month alone.
- About six percent of Americans over the age of twelve, (roughly over fourteen million people), reported using MDMA or Ecstasy at least once in their lifetimes.
- In the year 2009, over a million Americans said that they used Ecstasy for the first time in the past year, a significant rise over the prior year when there were just eight-hundred thousand self-reporting first-time users.
- The sad and sorry fact that almost eighty percent of the emergency department visits in 2008 involved ecstasy in combination with alcohol or other drugs points to another problem, as combining ecstasy with other drugs can cause severe side effects, overdose, etc. all of which can be life threatening and can kill a user.
- According to statistics regarding use of the drug ecstasy over the past several years, rates of use of ecstasy are still extremely high over twenty years later. The drug has not died out in popularity, and it in fact has become even more common and popular. In 2007, there were over twelve million individuals in the U.S. alone who had used Ecstasy at least once in their lifetime.
- By the end of the year of 2009, past-month use of ecstasy in the U.S. had increased by thirty-seven percent within just one year. There are currently over fourteen million lifetime users of the drug, and there are no signs that rates of use will be declining at any point in the near future.
Rehabilitation as a Solution to Ecstasy Addiction
To date, the only answer to completely curing and eradicating every single aspect and manifestation of addiction in an individual is through inpatient, residential drug and alcohol, addiction treatment centers, facilities, and programs. Only in an inpatient rehab will an ecstasy addict have proper access to all the tools and therapies he or she will need to successfully and completely beat ecstasy addiction once and for all.
Inpatient rehab centers possess the necessary counseling methods, therapies, detox facilities, modalities, treatments, sessions, group activities, electives, classes, life skills, coping strategies, aftercare, and relapse prevention that is all needed and desired for those who are trying to kick a drug habit once and for all. It is highly recommended for anyone who is struggling with an ecstasy addiction or abuse issue to seek out the help of an inpatient rehab center, as only an inpatient rehab program will be able to guarantee results.