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Does Ecstasy Have Addictive Properties

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Ecstasy is very addictive and depends on the individual using. Physical dependence is less frequent than psychological symptoms of addiction. Research on the addictive potential of ecstasy (MDMA) has shown some people are likely to become addicted to ecstasy. Learn what makes it so addictive.

How Ecstasy is Used

Ecstasy was first patented as an experimental compound in 1914 by the German company Merck. It was rediscovered by psychiatrists and therapists and gained wider used in the 1980s as an adjunct to individual, group and couples therapies. Between 1977 to 1985, more than one million people suffered from trauma, depression and similar issues who were treated with ecstasy. The use has increased although not medicinally. Many people use it when going out dancing at clubs. It affects the brain and long term effects change behavior, personality and psychology.


Ecstasy is considered a Schedule I controlled substance classified as an empathogen, entactogen and appetite suppressant along with a stimulant and hallucinogen. It is a derivative of amphetamine that has some pharmaceutical properties. The tablets are sold under ecstasy and contains MDMA. The tablets may also be mixed with other substances including caffeine, ephedrine, methamphetamine and ketamine. Sometimes LSD or heroin is even mixed in with risky, dangerous side effects.

Dependence vs. Addiction

A person with ecstasy addiction is not necessarily a person who is dependent on ecstasy. It may be confusing but it is important to distinguish between addiction and dependence as two separate clinical conditions. Addiction happens when there is a behavioral pattern associated with the use of ecstasy in spite of harmful effects on the body. A person with addiction would spend lots of time trying to obtain the drug.

Ecstasy dependence happens when there is an adaptation to drug’s presence in the body and the person is dependent on it to function normally. Withdrawal from MDMA can provoke symptoms such as anxiety, confusion, depression, trouble concentrating as well as a number of physical symptoms.

How Addiction Happens

Addiction usually happens over time. Following initial drug exposure, continued use can be gradual or extreme. Ecstasy addiction may occur and signs include:

Continued use of ecstasy in spite of negative consequences


Loss of control over use or amounts being used

Needing more to feel effects of the drug

Obsessive thinking over drug

Every person who becomes addicted has a different story and challenge with the drug and in life. It is a personal thing and deserves a tailored, supportive environment to help overcome addiction.

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