Ecstasy is a psychoactive drug with both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects. It generally comes in tablet form in various colors and is often stamped with one of various logos (stars, hearts, four-leaf clovers etc.). Its primary ingredient is MDMA (methylenedioxyphenethylamine), which is classified as an amphetamine and gives the user intense euphoric and empathogenic effects. Despite popular belief, MDMA addiction is possible and it requires the attention of an ecstasy addiction treatment program.
Ecstasy has emerged as a drug of choice in raves and dance clubs across the country and its users will often feel intense feelings of empathy, a sense of freedom from inhibitions and a heightened sensitivity to touch. These effects last roughly four to six hours, after which the user will start to crash and move towards feeling the exact opposite; feeling tired and depressed.