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