Ecstasy pills/MDMA is the contraction of 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It is a psychoactive drug with a dual effect, it serves a stimulant effect as seen in methamphetamines and it also has hallucinogenic effects as in mescaline. MDMA can provide a variety of effects to the user. Mainly, that individual will experience a positive feeling, empathy to others, euphoria, elevated energy levels, distortions of time and reality as well as elevated senses especially the tactile faculties. The drug is mainly taken orally but there are other forms in which it is taken, mainly by snorting or smoking but not injected. This is very much popular among the youth sector and has expanded in reach in the last decades.
MDMA is used mostly in conjunction with other drugs like marijuana, Viagra, cocaine and other legal or illegal medications. When MDMA is used, the direct effect is on the nervous system, mainly the neurons. The neurons that help transmit serotonin are affected by the said drug and prevent it from communicating with the other neurons on the brain. Serotonin is a very essential chemical that addresses sexual activity, aggression, mood as well as sensitivity to pain. What MDMA does is it binds with the transporter of serotonin that is responsible to the removal of serotonin from the synapse and this means that the serotonin lingers more on the sensors. Apart from that, the drug also goes deeper to the serotonergic areas since it has a similar structure as the actual serotonin and it stimulates the manufacture of more serotonin to the neurons.
The drug has similar effect to a certain neurotransmitter called nor-epinephrine. This can cause an elevation of the heart rate and the blood pressure. It was also said that it can release dopamine but at a lesser extent. The effects of ecstasy can lead to sleep issues, craving for drugs, depression, confusion, as well as elevated levels of anxiety. The effects can manifest themselves right after taking the drug or it can also show after a matter of days or even weeks after the intake. Since the drug affects serotonin, an important element for learning and memory, studies have shown that those who have used the drug perform significantly poorly when it comes to memory and cognitive tasks.
Based on animal research, it was said that MDMA is extremely bad to the brain as the damage it the neurons can be apparent to the body even for many years. Continued use can offer drastic health effects to the users.
Ecstasy pills have become synonymous with young, club goers and all night dances called raves that have popularized ecstasy pills. Ecstasy pills have moved into mainstream America and if you or someone you love is suffering from continuous use of ecstasy pills and needs help, you’ve come to the right place.
Ecstasy pills are also called by other names including MDMA which represents the chemical makeup methylenedioxymethamphetamine. No matter what it is called, ecstasy pills can cause serious consequences in your life. Ecstasy pills are made from drugs with both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. Like taking cocaine, speed and LSD all at the same time. Ecstasy pills are no less dangerous than these well know street drugs. Ecstasy pills cause brain damage just like methamphetamines and destroy the body by dehydration, and increasing the body temperature until muscle breaks down and the heart and kidney are strained.
Abuse of ecstasy pills can lead to lingering health problems within just a few uses of the drug. Again like cocaine, the effect on the body at any dosage is unpredictable and always poses the threat of a fatal reaction. Here are some common symptoms that you may already seek help for.
- muscle tension
- sleep problems
- sexual activity
- soreness of the jaw
- denial of addiction
If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, please call Spencer Recovery Centers today. Suffering from these symptoms is not necessary and the problems will only get worse. You have probably already tried to control and limit your usage only to wake up after a spree wondering how you let yourself get into it again. If you are reading this, you may already recognize that you cannot stop on your own and need help. Spencer Recovery Centers offers the help you need. If abuse of ecstasy pills continues, damage to the mind, body and spirit will continue as well. Spencer can help break this pattern of abuse.
Our staff of professional doctors, psychiatrists and licensed counselors have many years of experience in dealing with clients who abuse or are addicted drugs like ecstasy pills. Their first recommendation is to get treatment has soon as possible. Studies sponsored by the health department have shown that primates who have been given ecstasy over several days showed signs of brain damage even years later. Symptoms like uncontrolled shaking can persist from neuron damage resulting from abuse of ecstasy pills.
You have sought us out because you are looking for answers, give us a call for a private consultation on how we can help you or a loved one. Many of our clients come to us on the strong advice of loved ones but usually recognize quickly that we can help. By using effective therapeutic tools such as individual therapy, group and peer sessions, and medical supervision, our clients can maximize their time in treatment to gain the skills necessary to live drug free and happy.
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