Ecstasy also known as MDMA, Molly, Mandy and many other street names has been in existence since the early 1900’s. Once a pharmaceutical drug prescribed for its therapeutic properties, it has been illegal for decades now. However due to it’s popularity in the rave and all night party scenes, known as the “club drug”, it has expanded as a drug used in many more recreational settings. With both psychedelic and stimulant components, it is an appealing drug for young users and is often taken in combination with other psychoactive drugs like LSD, mushrooms, marijuana, mescaline and ketamine to enhance the effects of the drug. Ecstasy usage in our country is estimated to be along the same quantities as opiates (including heroin and opioid prescription pills), cocaine and amphetamines (including methamphetamines and prescription pills) which tells a horrifying tale of the epidemic it is. It has drastic effects on the brain due to the releasing of abnormally high levels of serotonin while intoxicated. The serotonin release triggers a rise in hormonal levels which bring about an overwhelming euphoria and sensation of affection and empathy for others. This chain reaction leaves a significant imbalance in the brain that causes drastic side effects both short and long term. There are many dangers MDMA poses to its users. The euphoria is the appealing side. The other side is the distortion of time and sensory perceptions one experiences while under the influence. In many cases dehydration and ER visits occur because of the impaired perception caused. Also like other street drugs, one doesn’t know what exactly is in the pill someone else calls X, Molly or MDMA. What most are buying is not really MDMA but really forms of other dangerous street drugs and chemicals to imitate the appearance of it and to make the dealers money. Unfortunately our country is seeing more emergency hospital visits because of the drug disguised as MDMA.
Ecstasy interventions are very common due to this epidemic. We are presented with this problem almost daily, as much as any other intervention. Families find themselves helpless due to the lifestyle lived by those addicted to this drug. Normally the addicted one uses the ecstasy with other powerful drugs both street drugs and pharmaceuticals which makes the case a complex one because we are dealing with multiple addictions at once. The bottom line is that it is an addiction and the truth is that most cases we work with are those with multiple drug addictions. Denial is huge in ecstasy interventions with every justification possible to excuse the lifestyle of the addict despite the damage done around them. The addiction is draining on the loved ones around the ecstasy user as they watch this “party” drug take over the addict. Life around an ecstasy user can be extremely difficult to live with and confronting them about getting help can seem impossible to do. However it is possible and we do it often at New Life with great success. Give us a call and see if an intervention makes sense and see what can be done to stop the madness. Let us help you find a way to help your loved one find their way as you know it should be, not as it is. Call us day or night!
Ecstasy is often known by other names such as Adam, Beans, Candy, Dancing Shoes, Disco Biscuits, Doves, E, E-bomb, Egg Rolls, Happy Pill, Hug Drug, Love Drug, Malcolm, Mandy,MDMA, Molly, Scooby Snacks, Smartees, Sweets, Skittles, Thizz, Vitamin E, Vitamin X, Vowels, X, XTC.