One of the more popular drugs of the 90s, ecstasy is an extremely dangerous synthetic narcotic with many harmful side effects including death and permanent brain damage. Referred to as a ‘designer’ drug, ecstasy is also known as 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA and its use is often associated with, but not limited to, underground raves and after-hours clubs.

Withdrawal Symptoms

A psychologically addictive drug because of the intense feeling of euphoria and heightened sensory stimulation that it produces, withdrawal symptoms include:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • sleeplessness or insomnia
  • inter-personal withdrawal
  • paranoid delusions


Beginning with a period of detoxification, treatment for ecstasy may require medical supervision followed by cognitive-behavioral therapies including individual and group counseling.