why it's not a good idea).
of us feel alone and frightened and uncertain about our future.
In fact, I think it's pretty safe to say that all of us have felt
these emotions many times throughout the course of our lives. It's
a terrible feeling, to feel as though no one else in the world understands
you or wants to be with you. It's terrible to feel isolated, and
This is where drugs, and ecstasy, come in.
are, in my opinion, an attempt by humans to find something that
is missing from their lives: love, attention, friendships, oblivion,
etc. Some time ago, I was asked by a friend of mine, who has been
fortunate enough to have had a sheltered childhood, what "kind of
people" took drugs and the very question irritated me because it
sounded as though he thought that people who took drugs were strange
and different, and part of a scene he knew nothing about.
that's not true.
all know people like the ones who take ecstasy: we work with them,
we go to school with them. They are beautiful and wonderful people,
who make us laugh, or can make us cry. They go to school, too, and
work and a good majority of them believe in God. They try to make
the right decisions, too, just as we do. The only difference between
those who use drugs, such as ecstasy, and those who do not is that
those who are users are hurting very much and they have not learned
of more healthy ways to deal with the kind of pain they feel. So,
when asked to take a drug that will "help" them, they are ready
and willing to try anything, even if they know very little, or nothing
at all, about the drug which they are taking. That first time sniffing
or swallowing the tablet is done for the need of acceptance (which
they get from the other users) and happiness which, they feel, will
allow them to forget the pain in their lives (which the drug does,
for a brief time).
Now that we've established that the users of drugs and of ecstasy
are normal people with normal feelings and emotions, we need to
answer the question what is the drug and what makes it so dangerous
it is illegal?
is the desired effect of the drug?
According to those who take ecstasy, which comes in either a tablet
or a white powder, feel that it makes them "at one" with other people;
it allows them to trust people and to feel empathy toward people.
After the drug wears off, they long for that feeling again, because
living in distrust of other people is a lonely and frightening experience.
long do the effects, and the side effects, last?
The desired "high" begins soon after the drug is taken, and lasts
for between three and six hours. However, the long term effects
have been reported even weeks after the drug was taken. Those who
do drugs should know that the one night of acceptance and joy that
they are trying to get by taking the drug is only temporary, but
it will feel as though the side affects last forever.
are the side effects?
Some of the side effects of ecstasy include:
that often lasts for weeks
- Sleep trouble
- Eye trouble,
such as blurred vision, or rapid eye movement
- Muscle tension
- Teeth clenching
in heart rate
in blood pressure
what does the drug do to the user's brain?
us have, in our brain, a chemical that, although not completely
understood, affects all of us, called Serotonin. Serotonin affects
how we feel, and it has been known to affect aggression behavior,
particularly in males. It also affects how sensitive we are to pain
and our sexuality. A drug that is related to Ecstasy, called MDA,
destroys the cells in our brains that produce this very important
chemical. A psychologist once told me that when we are depressed,
drugs such as Zoloft, which are given to get depression stabilized,
act by changing the levels of Serotonin in the blood stream. Because
of this, if we are taking Ecstasy, or any other drug that affects
this chemical, our moods are naturally going to also be affected.
are the different names of the drug?
As with most drugs, there are many different names for this drug,
- Wonder drug
is a "club drug" which means that most people come into contact
with this drug (and others) at parties known as raves. Raves are,
in themselves, illegal and often raided by the police. Because of
the tendency to make users feel trust and empathy it has also been
called the "hug drug". Regardless of what it is called, Ecstasy
is illegal: it is dangerous, and it has killed before, even first
time users of small amounts.
it an antidepressant?
Yes. Antidepressant means that it makes you high and it makes you
feel good, until the side affects wear off.
Physically, the drug does not appear to be addictive, but the feelings
it produces are addictive. A definite concern is that, because the
desired effects fade and eventually, with long time use, cannot
even be achieved, Ecstasy will become a gateway drug, leading teens
into much harder drugs, such as heroin.
is the best way to fight Ecstasy?
Rehabilitation and prayer. The happiness that God wants you to have
cannot be achieved while on drugs of any kind, because when on drugs,
users are attempting to fill a void in their lives. They are unaware,
or do not believe, that that void can be filled by God and the healthy
outlets He has provided, such as talents and genuine friendships.
He does not want us doing drugs and because of this, if we fight
Ecstasy, using His name in prayer, we will find the strength to
avoid it, and other dangerous drugs. Real ecstasy can be found from
the joy that God provides, and it is forever, not just a few hours.