Ecstasy is a popular 'club drug'Ecstasy (MDMA) is a synthetically produced psychoactive drug primarily used to intensify the experience of partygoers at raves or nightclubs. MDMA abuse produces psychoactive effects and intensifies feelings of pleasure, including mental and physical euphoria. Ecstasy suppresses sleep, which can elevate stress hormones and alter the brain’s reaction to perceived dangers. Ecstasy causes intense mood swings, panic and paranoia, accompanied by uncontrolled, reckless behavior. Ecstasy is a Schedule I controlled substance.

Level 4 - Moderate Danger

Societal impact: 3

Ecstasy is used primarily by club goers between the ages of 18 and 28; it is not easily obtained on the street and its use is limited.

Recreational value: 4

Ecstasy produces intense high, euphoric feelings

Physical/emotional impact: 4

Ecstasy is associated with strong withdrawal symptoms, including feelings of depression. Serious adverse reactions, including heart attack and death, can occur if individuals with certain preexisting medical conditions, including cardiomyopathy and hypertension, use MDMA. Since ecstasy reduces inhibition, side effects include unprotected sexual encounters and risky decisions.

Potential for addictiveness: 3

Ecstasy’s strong withdrawal symptoms lead to an eventual loss of desire to use the drug. Ecstasy use is confined primarily to specific clubbing and rave venues.

MDMA Abuse Problems

MDMA is a popular drug with teens and young adults. It is often used at parties for the heightened physical pleasures and mind altering effects. It’s also a dangerous, addictive drug. The feeling of euphoria and pleasure associated with MDMA leads the user to return and seek that high once again. Combined with the other drugs often used in these scenarios, it can be a potentially lethal “good time”. Struggles with MDMA are not to be ignored – use our “Find a Treatment Center” tool if you suspect someone you, or someone you know, has a problem with this drug.