MDMA Substance Abuse Overview
What is MDMA?
MDMA, or what people like to call the “club drug” is continually being used across the country, regardless of the drugs harmful effects. MDMA is an illegal drug used mostly in the drug Ecstasy. MDMA is man-made. Makers of MDMA can add anything they want to the drug, so its purity is always in question. MDMA is also prevalent among teens that use “Molly.” whichis supposed to be a natural form of MDMA but is often laced with other drugs, so you never really know what you’re getting. Although the drug can be pricey, it is easily accessible to teens. When MDMA abuse occurs in a party setting, quite often it is also being mixed with alcohol and marijuana. Taking MDMA alone can have serious effects on the body, so mixing it will only be worse.
How is MDMA used?
Most people who abuse MDMA take a pill, tablet, or capsule. These pills can be different colors, and sometimes have cartoon-like images on them. Some people take more than one pill at a time, called “bumping.”
There are a lot of slang words for MDMA. “Ecstasy” and “Molly” are two of the most common. You might also hear:
- lover’s speed
- love drug
MDMA abuse ends up affecting the body by altering the activity of neurotransmitters that send messages to your brain. When this happens, your body does not realize what is going on, it only feels pleasure. In some instances MDMA abuse can lead to a rise in body temperature while you are in a state of euphoria, and before your body even recognizes the symptoms, you could end up in the hospital or even dead.
Short Term Effects
For most people, a “hit” of MDMA lasts for 3 to 6 hours. Once the pill is swallowed, it takes only about 15 minutes for MDMA to enter the bloodstream and reach the brain. About 45 minutes later, the person experiences MDMA’s “high.” That’s when the drug is at its peak level. People who use MDMA might feel very alert, or “hyper,” at first. Some lose a sense of time and experience other changes in perception, such as an enhanced sense of touch. Others experience negative effects right away. They may become anxious and agitated. Sweating or chills may occur, and people may feel faint or dizzy.
MDMA can also cause muscle tension, nausea, blurred vision, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. Forceful clenching of the teeth can occur, and individuals at clubs have been known to chew on pacifiers to relieve some of the tension.
But it doesn’t stop there. Even if a person takes only one pill, the side effects of MDMA—including feelings of sadness, anxiety, depression, and memory difficulties—can last for several days to a week (or longer in people who use MDMA regularly).
At Inspirations for Youth and Families, we treat all substance abuse and addictions, from alcohol abuse to MDMA abuse. We understand what you are going through and we care about the future of your teen. We have a gender based treatment program which includes family therapy, music and art therapy, psychotherapy, and recreational therapy. Along with the proper care from licensed, in-house therapists and a superior staff, we are confident that our teen rehab can be a step in the right direction for you and your teen.