“MDMA” is an acronym for a methamphetamine compound that is one of the more common recreational “club drugs” in use today. MDMA was first synthesized in the early 1900’s. In the 1950’s, the pharmaceutical industry considered marketing it as a diet drug, but quickly rejected that idea. MDMA is used recreationally to achieve feelings of euphoria, emotional connection and openness with the user’s environment. Users report that these empathogenic feelings enhance their ability to enjoy music and dancing in nightclubs and at concerts.
Contrary to certain perceptions about MDMA, this drug is neither pure nor safe. MDMA is synthesized in unregulated labs and MDMA street distributors and dealers frequently adulterate MDMA with other amphetamines, bath salts, and hallucinogens like LSD. MDMA users will insist that the drug is safe because it is not addictive. Larger doses of MDMA, however, will cause extreme elevations in a person’s blood pressure, pulse and respiration. Several deaths have been reported from among MDMA users whose metabolic rates were increased to unsafe levels, which caused their entire metabolisms to collapse.
Users often try to regulate MDMA-induced hyperactivity with large quantities of water or electrolyte replacement fluids like Gatorade. Electrolyte and hydration imbalances are extremely dangerous in healthy individuals. Marathon runners, for example, have been known to collapse and die during races when they ingest too much water and their bodies are unable to process the water while they are exerting themselves. A person who is using MDMA to expand his nightclub experiences will exert himself to an extreme level without realizing or appreciating the effects of that exertion. In this situation, MDMA use can be fatal.
Repeated MDMA use is known to cause serious short- and long-term effects. Lockjaw is one of the more apparent short-term effects of MDMA. If you attend a concert or go to a nightclub and see a number of people with lollipops in their mouths, there is a good chance that those people have used MDMA and that they are using the lollipops to ease lockjaw symptoms. MDMA users will also experience loss of appetite and insomnia, and some MDMA users have reported staying awake for several days with multiple uses of MDMA.
The long-term effects of repeated MDMA use are less well understood. MDMA use is known to cause brain lesions, cognitive disorders and memory impairment. MDMA also increases the permeability of a user’s blood-brain barrier, making him more susceptible to pathogens that can injure his brain.
The bottom line is that MDMA is a powerful drug that imposes extreme risks of injury or fatality on its users. If you need to use MDMA as a tool to enjoy a concert, party, or nightclub, you may be suffering from deeper problems that can be better addressed with counseling and therapy. The counselors and therapists at the Last Resort Recovery Center near Austin have extensive experience with the physical and mental health risks that are created through regular MDMA use. Please call us at 512-360-3600 for more information about those risks, and for answers to your questions or concerns about MDMA addiction treatment for men.