Narconon Fresh Start’s Sunshine Summit Lodge has a wealth of information on the dangers of Ecstasy. Our drug rehab program helps Ecstasy addicts recover from their addiction and learn to live happy, drug-free lives. Sunshine Summit Lodge addresses all types of drug addiction problems (cocaine, meth, marijuana, heroin, pills, etc.) through their holistic treatment methods, New Life Detoxification program and cognitive behavioral modification model.
We realize that people are under the impression that Ecstasy is not really a dangerous drug. They fail to realize that the chemicals used to create Ecstasy are toxic and vary depending on who is mixing up that current batch of the drug. The people who make Ecstasy do so to make money. Their end purpose is to line their pockets at the price of selling a deadly substance to unsuspecting people. They are counting on the fact that you are not going to understand what really goes into that tablet or pill they sell you.
Because the drug is illegal the purity of the substances sold as Ecstasy are unknown to the typical user. What is sold to them as Ecstasy may actually contain no MDMA at all. It may be have other active substances meant to simulate the way MDMA would make you feel such as amphetamine, mephedrone, methamphetamine, ephedrine and caffeine. Less than quality Ecstasy or fake Ecstasy might also contain paracetamol, ibuprofen, talcum powder, etc.
Over the years there have been numerous deaths due to people taking fake Ecstasy containing para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA). This chemical has hallucinogenic properties and stimulating amphetamine effects. It is especially dangerous because PMA is known to raise user’s body temperature and heart rates at relatively low doses.
When a person takes Ecstasy it begins to change their body chemistry almost immediately, long before they actually feel the effects of the drug. Their body temperature begins to creep up making their heart rate increase too. If their body temperature gets to high it can cause their heart to stop working altogether. Brain cells are damaged by taking Ecstasy causing problems with the user’s memory.
In addition to the physical dangers of taking Ecstasy it can cause the user to see, hear and feel things that aren’t really there. Ecstasy is a hallucinogen, a drug that acts on the mind to cause the user to experience things that are not real. Hallucinogens are dangerous drugs because they can trick the user into believing their hallucinations and go on to make poor and/or dangerous choices they might not have made had they not been on the drug.
Hallucinogens such as Ecstasy cause the user’s mind to record things that are both real experiences and those that are not real. This can confuse the drug user’s memory and make them begin to think of scary or sad experiences from their past. Because they are on Ecstasy they find that they are not able to stop thinking about it resulting in long lasting feelings of fear, sadness or other negative feelings that really have nothing to do with what is actually going on in the person’s life at the present moment.