Most people who are constantly using Ecstasy are not really addicted to it in the same way that a heroin addict is addicted to heroin. †It is not so much a physical dependence on the drug as it is a shift in lifestyle. †People who are hooked on the drug are seeking an escape, and are addicted more likely to the “party lifestyle” than they are to a specific substance or chemical.
The biggest threat with this type of addiction is not in overdose per se, but rather that the addict will get pills that are cut with something other than MDMA, which can then prove to be dangerous. †This becomes even more true as you combine the pills with other drugs, such as alcohol, speed, or meth. †Not unheard of mixtures for people who like to party and go to raves, mind you.
Ecstasy users will typically get a feeling of affection (which also gave this drug the street name of loverís speed), heightened visual and sound perceptions, and an increase in energy.
The effects usually only take the user about 20 minutes to feel, and the high can last for several hours.
Some other street names include Kleenex, MDM, Rolling, X-TC, Love Trip, Essence, and Cloud 9.
MDMA is a synthetic drug that was used by many psychologists for patients suffering with depression. In the late 80ís MDMA had a new name of Ecstasy when sold on the streets where it became a favorite drug of many college students. Many drug dealers will lure in users by telling them it is the everything for everyone drug. Ecstasy is now one of the most widely used drugs for parties, raves and clubs.
While ecstasy is said to not be as addictive as heroin or cocaine, it still has its own ill effects of over usage and even†overdose in some cases. The milder complications of the drug have symptoms including muscle cramping, panic attacks, rapid heartbeat, chills and sweating. The more serious side effects are fainting, seizures, stroke, kidney failure and even death.
Withdrawal affects the user physically and mentally. † The symptoms include severe fatigue, loss of appetite, depression, memory loss, severe anxiety, paranoia and trouble concentrating. Prolonged use of ecstasy may damage the serotonin producing cells that play a vital role in regulating mood, appetite, learning, pain and memory.
Signs to watch out for that might indicate an addiction to this club drug include a new sleeping pattern, change in temperament, money loss and loss of interest in school or in other activities.
Other signs of ecstasy use might include:
* Clenching of the jaw or grinding of teeth.
* Unusual displays of affection.
* Mood swings, a loss of inhibitions
* A fixation on different sights and sounds.
* Chills or profuse sweating.
There is also the paraphernalia that many ecstasy users keep around such as candy pacifiers, lollipops, and possibly glow sticks.