Ecstasy is a hallucinogen, a substance that causes an individual to see, smell, hear, or otherwise sense something that is not present. Ecstasy is also a stimulant, causing an increase in the rate of the body’s normal functions. It is prevalent in nightclubs, raves, and other all-night parties. Ecstasy is commonly taken in pill form, but it can also be injected.
Individuals use ecstasy to gain a sense of total well-being, enhanced pleasure from sensory experiences, euphoric feelings, and sociability. However, while the effects are quick, it takes a long time to break down in the body, and chances of overdosing are high.
Symptoms and Side Effects of Ecstasy Addiction
Ecstasy use can cause hallucinations, dizziness, emotional warmth, confusion, disorientation, nausea, anxiety, extreme behavioral and mood changes, trance-like state, sweating, extreme thirst, trembling hands, clenched teeth, changes in sensory perceptions and violent behavior. A sense is time is significantly distorted. The drug also causes an increase in body temperature, which, especially when compounded with dancing in a crowded club, can cause heatstroke. It is a potent drug and a single use may can cause irreversible brain damage.
In addition to ecstasy’s effects, unpleasant “flashbacks,” where an individual experiences effects of the drug without using it, may occur long after it is used.
Long-term health effects of ecstasy use include depression, impaired memory, circulatory problems, heart, kidney, lung, and liver failure, dental damage, psychosis, and possible death.
Ecstasy addiction can cause an individual to neglect relationships, become financially irresponsible, lose employment, have difficulty learning and fail to complete assignments.
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