Ecstasy Use and Effects: The Importance of Seeking Treatment

3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy, is a drug that increases the activity of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine in the brain.

A synthetic drug, ecstasy often produces an increased sense of joy and pleasure after use. After ingested, users often begin to feel ecstasy’s effects for up to six hours. Its ability to enhance one’s mood, lower inhibitions, and cause an extreme sense of alertness makes ecstasy a popular nightclub drug. It is featured prominently in pop culture and party scenes, sometimes going by names such as: “E”, “Love Drug”, “XTC”, “Molly”

Ecstasy Use and Withdrawal

MDMA can be taken as a capsule or tablet, but it can also be taken in liquid form and snorted.

Ecstasy is not only a stimulant but a hallucinogen, which can distort a person’s perception of reality. Because the drug causes increased sexual behavior, users are at a higher risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Since additional drugs like cocaine, ketamine, cough-medicine, and other synthetic materials can be cut into ecstasy pills, users may not always know what they are ingesting. Negative side-effects from the drug may begin to be felt immediately by the user.

Risks and Effects Include:
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle cramps
  • Distorted vision and thoughts

Chronic users may experience symptoms of withdrawal, such as anxiety, depression, and a loss of appetite. Ecstasy can also cause a rise in internal temperature, resulting in organ failure that can lead to death.


Currently there are no specific medical treatments for MDMA addiction, however, behavioral therapy, inpatient treatment, and relevant support groups can help to treat ecstasy addiction. Call or text us today if you or someone you know would like to speak to a representative about our treatment services.