Although the party drug XTC is often seen as a form of drug with a relatively low risk, the addictive substance can be very dangerous for the user and in some cases even lead to death. The highest risk of these drugs is that in the short term it causes an extremely elevated body temperature, which threatens dehydration. To counter this, users often drink excessive amounts of water, increasing the risk of brain swelling, which can be fatal in some cases.

Need help with an XTC addiction?

Mental addiction can occur when using XTC. Especially in the case of a dual diagnosis, which makes it more difficult to stop. Rehab with the professional help of Castle Craig is therefore safer and more pleasant.

What is Ecstasy?

The active ingredient in Ecstasy or Ecstacy is the chemical MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) which has many similarities with amphetamine (speed). In the beginning, this synthetic, psychoactive drug was mainly used by young adults in nightlife or at 'rave' parties. Today, these drugs are also used by a wider audience.

Ecstasy can in principle contain anything. In addition to MDMA and binding agents, many XTC pills sometimes also contain substances such as mCPP and PMMA. Although Ecstasy pills often give the impression that they are manufactured in high-tech labs, unfortunately they are often manufactured in old sheds by drug dealers and not by trained chemists. 

Ecstasy is usually available in pill form, and contains on average between 0-50% MDMA. The most common MDMA-free additives in Ecstasy are aspirin, caffeine, and other over-the-counter drugs. One of the most dangerous substances in Ecstasy is DXM (dextromethorphan), a cough medicine.

How does it work?

Ecstasy increases the activity of three important neurotransmitters in the brain: serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. The hyperactivity of serotonin in the brain affects mood and produces hormones oxytocin and vasopressin; this creates a loving and social feeling. Increased dopamine in the brain gives users a feeling of bliss that can create a false sense of comfort and security. The nor-epinephrine causes hyperactivity, which has made these drugs especially popular in the nighttime party scene.

When Ecstasy wears off, dopamine levels in the brain drop rapidly, which can cause feelings of depression and irritability.

The short term effects

The short-term effects of the drug are a feeling of warmth and security, euphoria, empathy and increased physical energy. Increased sensory perception is also a potential consequence of the intake of Ecstasy. Users of the drug give a friendly, hyperactive impression and can still be very alert / awake for hours after use.

The long term effects

Signs of prolonged or regular use of Ecstasy are irregular sleep patterns, unusual bursts of euphoria, and decreased alertness to pain. Physical effects include: sweatiness, increased blood pressure and heart rate, feeling sick/feeling sick, weight loss and damage to the teeth (from teeth grinding). The long-term use of ecstasy also has an impact on the body mentally. It can lead to paranoia, depression, confusion and aggression.

Symptoms of an overdose are: High blood pressure, physical weakness, panic attacks, loss of consciousness, seizures and high body temperature.

Treatment of ecstasy addiction at Castle Craig

Caste Craig has over twenty years of experience treating people with addictions to Ecstasy and other drugs. Using an extensive and carefully composed en detoxification process followed by Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) we are able to help people with their addiction.

Check the page about 'Our Addiction Careto learn more about our various addiction programs.