Though MDMA (street names: ecstasy or molly) addiction can affect anyone of any age, it is one of several illicit substances that appeals primarily to the younger generation. Along with pain relievers, inhalants, and stimulants, ecstasy has been a major player in drug-related overdoses and deaths. It has had a strong presence in cautionary media reports since the 1980s, the disco era, of which use of the drug quickly became a controversial axiom. Nowadays, with the rise of electronic music festivals—which span over multiple days—music fans all over the country are embarking on binges, with purer product than ever before.

Effects of MDMA

Most users have heard the horror stories: dehydration, cardiac arrest, aneurysms. Less understood is the risk of developing ecstasy dependency.

The range of emotions that come with MDMA withdrawal are similar to what characterizes a crack cocaine detox: depression, anxiety, aggression, and insomnia. In fact, MDMA and cocaine trigger activity production of the same neurotransmitters – serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine – albeit at different levels.

So, yes. While not as powerful of a stimulant as cocaine, MDMA carries with it a considerable risk for a dangerous physical addiction—and a particularly risky one, considering the added likelihood the array of other dangerous substances—cheaper, stronger ones—that are falsely sold under the title.

If you or someone you know seems unable to quit or moderate MDMA use despite obvious damage to health, mood, productivity, or finances—there is probably an addiction present. The get an idea of how we treat MDMA addiction at Treatment Now, please explore our website or call to speak with a representative.

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