Ecstasy or MDMA abuse initially became a popular item in the ‘rave’ and other all night party scenes.
Through the years, ecstasy has developed a deceptive reputation as a ‘safe to use’ drug which probably explains its increasing popularity and as well as abuse. MDMA abuse is now common on many demographic subgroups and other settings. There are several myths about short term and long term abuses of MDMA. But indeed, ecstasy is far from being benign. MDMA can cause a sudden increase in pulse, high blood pressures, and heart wall stress. Ecstasy overdose would lead to dangerous side effects such as panic attacks, increased heart rate, faintness, seizures and loss of consciousness. There are several studies which show that long term abuse of MDMA can result in certain memory problems and other cognitive difficulties.
abuse can possibly lead to drug tolerance, physical dependence and substance addiction.
A study conducted among adolescents and young adults show that almost 44% of those who engaged in ecstasy abuse met the standard criteria for drug dependence. This diagnostic finding is supported by continued MDMA use despite of its known psychological & physical harm, tolerance and harmful withdrawal effects. In the same study, around 60% abusers also reported withdrawal symptoms such as loss of appetite, difficulty in concentrating and fatigue.
Distinguish the truth from the lies
- MDMA’s color and appearance is indicative of the pill’s contents. The color or appearance of any ecstasy pill means nothing at all. Ecstasy pills come in different colors and dosages. A quick research has shown that there are different looking ecstasy pills with the same contents/dosages and there are others who look the same and yet differ in content.
- Ecstasy can burn holes in a person’s brain. MDMA by any chance doesn’t burn holes in a patient’s brain. There was once ecstasy abuser whose CT scan results revealed circular areas in her brain. These small holes actually demonstrate lower tissue perfusion which resulted from long term substance abuse.
- Ecstasy contains heroin-containing drug. Ecstasy does not contain heroin at all. Ecstasy drains the body’s spinal fluid. Ecstasy increases the serotonin levels in the body and thus a part of it is taken for diagnostic purposes. The process used in draining spinal fluid is through spinal tap.
- Ecstasy or any drug addiction happens only in individuals with weak characters or those who lack self discipline. There are some have an ‘addictive personality’ and are therefore more prone to addiction but this doesn’t mean that they possess a weak character. Drug dependency has powerful effects on the brain and it tends to control a person’s thought perception and actions. Ecstasy addiction is more of a disease rather than a character defect.
- Ecstasy rehab last only for a couple of weeks. Drug rehab is a long term process and treatment is not completed after a fortnight. There are other clients who would require extensive treatment and duration usually depends upon how severe the addiction is. Men and women should expect to spend at least 30 days to 60 days in an addiction treatment program.
- Ecstasy drug treatment doesn’t work. Studies have shown that drug rehab treatments reduced substance use by over 40 to 60% and dramatically decrease criminal activities and improved employment prospects. Any drug rehab program does work. It may take more than a single attempt for other individuals but at some point, they still achieve certain since of freedom from the dependency.
- Ecstasy rehab programs should be ‘one size fits all’ treatments. Every individual varies when it comes to the nature of their drug addiction and treatment responses. Ecstasy can affect people in different ways and treatment needs to be personalized and according to each person’s needs.
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