Ecstasy doesn’t follow the same addiction patterns as opioids like heroin, but it can be addictive. Before causing addiction, ecstasy triggers dependence and tolerance. Because it gives a nice, long-lasting high, first-time users find themselves seeking the drug out time and time again, which eventually leads to a build-up of tolerance.
Users may find that over time, they will need to take more ecstasy to feel the same level of high they once experienced with a single pill. These two factors set the pace for addiction.
It isn’t clear whether MDMA itself has the potential to cause addiction because according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration many ‘ecstasy’ pills on the streets are really not MDMA at all. Other substances that are mixed with it have the potential to cause addiction hence it's difficult to determine if MDMA causes addiction.
Ecstasy addiction causes one to display signs and symptoms similar to other substance abuse conditions. However, there are specific signs to look out for in a person addicted to ecstasy. These signs include the following:
The person may feel symptoms of increased nervous system stimulation, for example:
Other signs and symptoms of MDMA addiction are psychological. For example, the person experiences an intense craving for MDMA and wants to miss school or work to relish the emotional euphoria. They start being secretive about it or feel they must take the drug to stay sane. Increased feelings of paranoia can be a sign of MDMA addiction, too.
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