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What is ecstasy used for?

What is ecstasy used for?

What is ecstasy?

Ecstasy is a form of a synthetic drug known to exacerbate stimulating and hallucinogenic effects. It is commonly known as “Molly” or 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) that alters mood and perception. MDMA was primarily known to be taken by the people in the nightclub scene and parties to remain energetic and feel pleasure, but the use of it has now spread beyond rave parties and loud nightclubs. 

The addictive use of this drug is known to have similar effects to substance abuse. If you or anyone in your family is addicted to ecstasy, it is high time to get help. Behavioral therapies aim to address the issue more rationally. Cadabam’s Hospital is one of the most trusted mental health care and psycho-social rehabilitation centers from where you can seek support. 


What is ecstasy used for?

Ecstasy Effects

Ecstasy was formerly used as a recreational drug but its use has now been extended to the off-label in medical contexts. Ecstasy was briefly explored as a therapeutic drug to open up feelings for people and better learn the concept of empathy in understanding one another. 

Later on, it was restricted by the criminalization of MDMA in 1985 when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) placed MDMA on the list of Schedule I drugs. This means that the drug has the potential to be used as a substance abuse.


What are the effects of using ecstasy?

Ecstasy Effects
The effects of ecstasy or any drug may vary from person to person. Many factors contribute to how a drug can cause changes in the body such as size, weight, health, and the use of other drugs along with.

Some Immediate effects 

Within 20 minutes of consumption of ecstasy, the effects may begin to bubble up and lasts for approximately 6 hours.

Physical effects 

Taking ecstasy can heighten physical sensations (sight, hearing, touch) for a time being. But it does have some notorious effects on the body, as well. The use of ecstasy is linked to causing nausea, muscle cramping, and an increase in body temperature. Extreme sweating, fever and chills, and dehydration are common as well. Some users may also experience blurred vision, fainting, hallucinations, tremors, and a sensation of tension in the mouth or jaw. 

  • increased blood pressure 
  • pounding heart beat (heart palpitations)
  • poor muscle control 
  • lowered inhibitions

Psychological effects

Some individuals take ecstasy to endure pleasant effects on their mental health. However, all effects are not pleasant or desirable. It can lead to scary hallucinations, anxiety, and depression. 

  • hallucinations
  • irrational or bizarre behaviour
  • convulsions (fits)
  • paranoia, aggression and psychosis

Long-term effects

In extreme cases, ecstasy has been linked to damage various parts of the brain and affects the nervous system.  Ecstasy may also lead to deaths through heart attack and brain haemorrhage. It is common to have depression after you consume a heavy dosage of this drug. 

Treatment for ecstasy abuse

As of now, there are no medicines that can help with ecstasy abuse. However, additional treatments like behavioral therapies have been proven effective for many people who are struggling with the use of ecstasy. 

The goal of the additional therapies is to ensure that relapse does not occur during detox and comprehensive addiction therapies. Cognitive-behavior therapy, individual counseling, family counseling, and support groups are approaches that might be utilized in either outpatient or residential rehabilitation settings. During the treatment, the focus is on helping people address the underlying thought patterns that contribute to substance abuse. 

Like with any other substance abuse, care should be ongoing for at least 90 days for a lasting recovery. 

Why Cadabams?

At Cadabams, we ensure that you and your loved ones get the treatment you need and deserve. Offering comprehensive and tailored solutions under a single roof, our multi-specialty team of experts works together to ensure patients’ better mental health and general well-being. We have over three decades of experience serving as a holistic rehabilitation center, in the outskirts of Bangalore. Our personalized and evidence-based approach has enabled us to write countless incredible stories of helping people live a healthier and happier life. 

Cadabams is widely trusted by various healthcare experts to help individuals suffering from substance abuse including ecstasy abuse. It is a comfortable facility where individuals are treated with attention, love, care, and concern. 

Call us on our mental health helpline +91 96111 94949 for further details. 

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Q1: What is ecstasy?

Ans: Ecstasy is a drug known to elevate the activity of three brain chemicals: dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. The effect can be pleasant initially but it affects the nervous system and other functions of the body. 

Q2: Is there any medicine you can take to get rid of symptoms of ecstasy abuse?

Ans: Currently there are no medicines to help with substance abuse. However, behavioral therapies like CBT, family therapies, and support groups can help in the treatment.