Phenethlyamines are naturally occurring. MDMA is only one of nearly several hundred variations on a chemical theme, identified within our central nervous system. “E” and “X” are the slang terms for what has become a prevalent street drug. MDMA is ecstasy. GHB, or liquid ecstasy, is an entirely different, lethal compound. With subtle variations between phenethylamines that are recreational versus deadly and with no ability to judge an individual chemist’s commitment or ability to prevent harm, these compounds are fundamentally unsafe. The majority of these neuroactive compounds stem from the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to understand man’s afflictions of anxiety and depression. As a result, these compounds affect mood and judgment and create a very relaxed, peaceful effect, while at the same time promoting a perceived form of enlightenment. Historic precursors to MDMA were called “love drugs” and address some of the more dangerous social implications of limited inhibitions in a world with prevalent and lethal sexually transmitted diseases. Visual stimulus is particularly pleasing and the club scene affords pulsating, trance like rhythms and open physical contact that is equally rewarding.
Abuse of ecstasy specifically means the self-inflicted maltreatment, injury, or damage to one’s person with ecstasy. This includes the physical body of the addict and the social and/or financial harm that will affect this same “natural person” within society. It includes the family, friends, coworkers and congregation members who are likely victims and/or enablers of the addict’s abusive behavior.
Ecstasy Addiction and Dependency
Beyond abuse, addiction and dependency are a potential mix of the physiological need for ecstasy and psychological or behavioral need for self-medication with ecstasy. Ultimately the addict has to desire to be free of their drive for the drug and/or its effects. Unfortunately, a great deal of damage – if not death – is far more likely than an addict seeking treatment on their own.
Ecstasy Addiction Intervention
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