Maryland drug rehab: Is it dangerous to abuse Ecstasy?

In last Saturday’s issue of The Baltimore Sun, a front-page article revealed that authorities have uncovered Baltimore County’s first Ecstasy lab in the Victorian home of a Towson resident.  Once a popular drug at clubs and raves in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, Ecstasy seemed to fall out of favor among drug users in Maryland during the last decade.  However, coinciding with the uncovering of this new MDMA lab in Towson, the state is seeing a sudden increase in Ecstasy use, with many people now referring to it as “Molly.”

About MDMA:
MDMA is both a stimulant and a hallucinogenic drug that is intended to induce feelings of intense pleasure.  Street names for the drug include Ecstasy, Molly, XTC, X, and E.  It is taken in tablet or capsule form and lasts between 3 and 6 hours.  Users tend to feel energetic and euphoric upon taking the drug, with an additional increase in sensory experience.  It’s common for people to use Ecstasy in combination with other drugs, like alcohol, marijuana, LSD, cocaine, crystal meth, and even the erectile-dysfunction drug Viagra.  On top of this, it’s also common for Ecstasy to come laced with other chemicals and drugs, like methamphetamine, ketamine, heroin, and ephedrine.  This unpredictable cocktail can be very harmful to users.

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The side-effects of Ecstasy:
Ecstasy works by affecting the chemicals of the brain, creating a surge of activity that rapidly increases, then depletes, important neurotransmitters that are responsible for positive feelings.  Because of this, MDMA can cause severe anxiety, perception distortions, Serotonin Syndrome, insomnia, memory decline, and confusion.  Along with the psychological effects, Ecstasy can also cause nausea, blurred vision, teeth clenching, severe dehydration, increased blood pressure, pounding heart, and problems regulating body temperature, leading to sweating, chills, and even hyperthermia.

Ecstasy is addictive.
Some users do become addicted to Ecstasy and find it hard to avoid craving the drug’s stimulating, euphoric effects.  Common withdrawal symptoms from the drug include severe depression, thoughts of suicide, anxiety, migraines, confusion, trouble sleeping, and appetite loss.  Long-term use can lead to brain damage, tooth decay, and problems with the heart, liver, and kidneys.

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If you or a loved one is addicted to Ecstasy, professional treatment can help.
Professional drug addiction counseling has proven to be very effective in recovering from MDMA addiction.  At Phoenix Recovery Center, a drug rehab in Maryland, It is our mission to provide professional, caring treatment for both men and women suffering from drug and alcohol addiction in the mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.).  We maintain a safe and clean facility, and have excellent, certified staff.  As a recovery center, we want to equip each and every one of our clients with the knowledge and support systems they need in order to get clean, stay sober, and live a joyful life, free from addiction.  We work with families to help stop the cycles of addiction and the enabling patterns which prevent their loved ones from finding sobriety.  We also establish aftercare for our patients upon completing treatment to help them continue down their path of sobriety.

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