Angry "club girl" taking too much MDMA.Also known as Molly or ecstasy, MDMA is a synthetic drug that has physical and mental side effects. It is often used at clubs or parties because it magnifies sounds, lights, and visual effects. Users feel like they can dance for hours without stopping, and they feel a false sense of emotional closeness to the people around them. Unfortunately, MDMA can also cause severe side effects to users.

What Is MDMA?

MDMA is a shortened way of writing the drug’s scientific name (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine). This drug is man made and sold in pill forms. Sometimes, drug dealers cut ecstasy with cocaine, heroin or harmful chemicals before selling it. Ecstasy is dangerous in its pure form, but it is especially dangerous if it has been mixed with an unknown substance.

The Side Effects of Ecstasy

Within the first week after using ecstasy, users will go through a state of euphoria. Once the initial euphoria wears off, many individuals feel a sense of restlessness, irritability or anxiety. Early side effects of this drug include a lack of appetite, impulsiveness, problems sleeping, depression or aggression. While on the drug, they may feel extremely thirsty and can become dehydrated. Individuals also report side effects like problems thinking and a lack of pleasure from sexual intercourse.

More severe side effects can occur when using MDMA. Individuals may experience symptoms including:

  • Sweating
  • Blurred vision
  • Heart failure
  • Heart beat irregularities
  • Muscle cramping
  • Involuntary teeth grinding
  • Nausea
  • Kidney failure
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • A rise in body temperature
  • Chills

If someone overdoses on ecstasy, the results can be fatal. The individual may lose consciousness or experience a seizure. They may also experience a panic attack, faintness or high blood pressure.

The Dangers of Using Ecstasy at a Club

Ecstasy is even more dangerous when it is used in a club-like environment. Ecstasy may make individuals feel like they can dance forever without stopping. This can lead to dehydration and a rise in body temperature. Dancing and vigorous physical activity can cause excessive thirst, which is also a side effect of ecstasy. When physical activity and ecstasy are combined, the results can be dangerous.

Unfortunately, ecstasy can also make it harder for the heart to pump efficiently. While ecstasy is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, it does not break down quickly. This means that individuals may have more of the drug in their blood than they intended. As a result, individuals may experience more toxic effects.

In the first few hours after taking MDMA, the individual immediately experiences a drop in their mental abilities. For the next week, the individual has an impaired memory and problems performing skilled activities like driving. If the individual continues to use ecstasy, these symptoms will only become worse.

Getting Treatment for Ecstasy Abuse

At an inpatient program for drug and alcohol addiction, individuals can get the help that they need to recover. Initially, the treatment program will provide support during the detox process. During this stage, the last remnants of the drug and toxins are completely withdrawn from the body. When the withdrawal process is complete, the patient is ready to start rehab.

Depending on the rehab center, there may be a variety of treatment options available. Patients can get treatment through programs like:

  • Art therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Group support
  • Trauma therapy
  • Addiction education
  • Family therapy
  • Yoga or fitness therapy

If you or a loved one has an addiction, you do not have to recover on your own. Professional rehab centers can help you start your journey toward a healthy, sober lifestyle. Beaches Recovery has the programs and expertise to help you rid yourself of MDMA addiction. You can call 866-605-0532 today.