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MDMA/Ecstasy Dangers of Use, Addictive Potential, and Treatment Options

Ecstasy use is associated with several adverse effects and potential health risks. People who struggle with ecstasy use may benefit from professional treatment. A professional rehab facility can provide support and therapies to help you, or a loved one, start the path to recovery.
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What Is Ecstasy/MDMA?

Ecstasy is the commonly used term for the synthetic drug 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA.2 It’s also known by various street names, such as Molly, E, and X.3 Ecstasy is often used at clubs, festivals, and raves, as well as other settings.3

People typically take ecstasy in capsule or tablet form but may use it as a liquid or snort ecstasy as a powder.2 Ecstasy tablets, and the purported “pure” powder referred to as Molly, are often cut with other substances. These include methamphetamine, ketamine, amphetamine, cathinone (bath salts), synthetic cannabinoids, or opioids, such as fentanyl.2, 3 People are often unaware of these additives, which can result in additional dangerous, unpredictable effects.2

Health Effects of Ecstasy

Ecstasy can have a wide range of adverse health effects, including:

  • Headache.1
  • Blurred vision.2
  • Perceptual changes, such as problems driving a car, which could lead to accidents.1
  • Illogical thoughts.1
  • Nausea.2
  • Appetite loss.1
  • Involuntary teeth clenching.2
  • Muscle cramping.2
  • Chills.2
  • Sweating.2
  • Restless legs.1

Getting Help for Ecstasy Misuse or Addiction

If you’re struggling with ecstasy addiction or you’re wondering how to help someone with ecstasy addiction, you should know that ecstasy addiction treatment is available to help people start the journey to recovery. Treatment looks different for everyone but may take place in various settings including detox, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, and more.

Find Ecstasy Addiction Treatment Centers

Although ecstasy misuse can negatively impact your life, there’s always hope, regardless of how things might seem right now. Rehab and treatment can help you take back control of your life, recover from ecstasy addiction, and resume a healthier and more productive existence.10

American Addiction Centers (AAC) is a leading treatment provider and has trusted rehab programs across the country. If you’d like to learn more about treatment and rehab, please call our free, confidential helpline at to discuss your options. You can also find rehabs near you using the directory and/or instantly verify your health insurance coverage.