The Physical and Psychological Effects of an Addiction to Ecstasy
Known as the “club drug” ecstasy was popular at raves, techno clubs and parties in the early to late 90’s. The drug then went underground for several years while other stimulants like meth became trendier. Ecstasy is back and bigger than ever, but now it’s called “molly”.
What is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is a chemically made substance which may be sold as a white or yellow-ish crystal-like powder. This is more often known as MDMA. When pressed, MDMA may be referred as ecstasy, molly, pills, love drug, E, mandy or dolphins. These pills come in a rainbow of colors and may have designs stamped into them. It is these designs which can give the molly tablets their “nicknames” such as yellow ducks or Mitsubishis.
After taking a molly pill the person may feel its effects within an hour. A rush of euphoria, mental simulation and empathy towards others can arise. These can last between 3 and 6 hours; after which, the user will gradually comedown.
It’s Not Always Pure MDMA
Like any drug, a user cannot always guarantee that what they are taking is pure MDMA. Sometimes it is MDA, a psychedelic substance which is stronger and longer lasting. It can also be MDEA which is the opposite in that the effects are more subtle and last only a few hours.
Other molly pills could be mixed with ketamine or speed. For economic reasons, the ecstasy could be cut with caffeine, pharmaceuticals or LSD. Because of this, many clubs have set up special booths where ecstasy pills can be tested. These establishments have made arrangements with local police so that no one will be arrested even though it is technically illegal. As a result, many potential deaths have been prevented.
Short Term Effects of Ecstasy
MDMA is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. Soon after, the MDMA interferes with the body’s ability to break down the drug. As a result, when users take multiple tablets one after the other, there is a risk of cardiovascular or overdose like effects.
Within the first few hours of taking the MDMA, a user may feel a reduction in their mental capacity. This particularly includes memory loss and impaired judgment. These can continue to last for up to a week or more. Other short term effects of ecstasy could include anxiety, paranoia, lack of muscle control, muscle aches, increased blood pressure, nausea, loss of appetite, sweating, dehydration, dilated pupils and jaw clenching.
When alcohol or cocaine is mixed with molly, the aforementioned effects can become exaggerated. Heart failure, stroke, unconsciousness, coma and death could potentially occur.
Long Term Physical and Psychological Effects of Molly
There are a number of long term physical effects from frequent molly use. These include lowered immunity, stress on the heart and liver, chipped or cracked teeth, nerve cell damage and STD’s. It is the psychological effects which are a cause for concern. The “hangover effect” of ecstasy can be incredibly intense and last for days or weeks at a time. Depression, because of the lowered serotonin in the brain, is very common. With molly abuse, this loss of serotonin can last for 3 years or more.
The psychological desires for the feelings which molly can provoke are what may keep a user coming back for more. Often in these instances, there are underlying issues of low self esteem, sadness, shame, guilt or unresolved troubles. The XTC abuse is happening as a method of masking these feelings. When this is the case, an ecstasy rehab treatment program can be useful.
Finally, there is a strong risk of physical and psychological harm when a person has any underlying heart problems, epilepsy, liver disease, panic attacks or mental illness.
Addiction and Withdrawal
It is possible to develop a tolerance to molly. When this happens, and the user begins to lose control of their life, they have likely progressed into an addiction to ecstasy. Very few studies have been carried out to confirm the possibility of ecstasy dependency as well as the outcomes without seeking the support of a rehab or other form of help.
When a frequent user abruptly stops, they may experience withdrawal symptoms that include fatigue, lethargy, depression, hopelessness, loss of appetite and trouble concentrating.
Private Ecstasy Rehabs for Addiction
Ultimately, whenever a person feels they cannot cope with life or their inner struggles without ecstasy, it’s imperative they seek help. If you or a loved one is involved in XTC abuse and is beginning to experience detrimental health effects, legal problems, financial woes or relationship struggles, a rehab program may be ideal.
At Serenity Thailand Rehab center, we are equipped to handle both the physical and psychological effects of an addiction to ecstasy. With customized treatment, round the clock support and a nurturing, calming environment, we are able to help men and women get back on the right track without feeling the need to turn to molly. Rehabs in Thailand, like ours, are world class yet affordable and offer the utmost privacy which will aid in the healing of the mind and body.
If you would like to know more about our rehab treatment programs for molly addictions, please contact us today.