Although not quite love, ecstasy is sometimes referred to as a love drug, it is not or at least not in the traditional sense. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ecstasy is a slang term for the chemical MDMA, even though it is also a term for a variety of other herbal stimulants that have similar properties. Because it is not a traditional addiction, it is important to understand what ecstasy is and why people call it the love drug as well as its adverse effects and addictive properties when considering whether you are addicted to ecstasy and need treatment.
What is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is essentially a version of a drug called MDMA. This is a powerful psychedelic drug that produces a variety of sensory enhancements for a short time. Most people who try ecstasy do so when they are in high school or college. It is extremely popular with the Rave culture and a variety of club scenes.
Why is Ecstasy Called a Love Drug?
Ecstasy is often called the love drug for several reasons. These reasons are:
- It causes sensory enhancement and sensory distortion. This makes everything smell, feel, and look wonderful. The textures of different things fascinate the user. People touch objects, themselves, and other people to experience these sensations. It also feels as good to be touched as it does to touch.
- It causes a pleasant inner peace as well as happiness and a generally pleasant feeling as if everything is going to be okay. This makes just about any situation feel as if it is okay, even when it is not.
- It makes you feel close to others even if you barely know them. You feel close to people in clubs, at parties, and at raves even when you only just met them. It does not matter who they are.
These are the feelings that give ecstasy its nickname. Although these feelings are false, they are intense and may often lead to unexpected consequences.
What are the Adverse Effects of Ecstasy?
Although it is called a love drug, the feelings that it produces are not usually sexual in nature unless mixed with a drug that is. One of the adverse effects of ecstasy is the mistaken belief that it motivates people to have sex. Unfortunately, this belief causes people to have unprotected sex while using ecstasy, which may result in both disease and pregnancy. Some of the other adverse effects of ecstasy are:
- Sexual predators take advantage of it.
- It can cause heart palpitations.
- You grind your teeth while on it.
- You are not capable of making rational decisions while you are on it.
- It can cause many other physical and psychological effects.
It is also psychologically addictive. Since it causes pleasurable sensations, anyone prone to pleasure seeking behavior is likely to become addicted.
How to Find Help for Ecstasy Addiction
Psychological addiction is one of the hardest to treat. Since ecstasy causes people to live in a more pleasing reality where everything seems okay, reality crashes back in as they come down off the drug. This causes intense depression and the desire to use ecstasy again and again. In order to treat this addiction that cycle has to be broken.
Finding help for ecstasy addiction does not have to be a difficult process. There are highly specialized treatment centers for psychological addiction that can help you overcome it. For help finding a treatment center call us at 1-800-895-1695.