Risks of using Extasy

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Risks of using Extasy

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Ecstasy use has been rising over the last 15 or 20 years. Originally, ecstasy was produced to be used in psychotherapy to help you feel more liberated and able to talk about your feelings, your past, and your history. It's popularity in the last 20 years has been around clubbing and dancing, where it often makes you feel more part of a group, more in tune, more expressive. It tends to be something that you see people getting in trouble, in the sense that, they are at a party and they are going home and having sex with strangers. They are doing other things that puts them at risk, but it is very rare that someone enters treatment for ecstasy.

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Michael Dennis, PhD

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Michael Dennis, PhD, is a senior research psychologist and Director of the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) coordinating center at Chestnut Health Systems in Normal, Illinois. Over the past 25 years his primary area of research has been to better understand and manage addiction and recovery over the life course. This includes multiple clinical trials to compare the effectiveness of adolescent treatment approaches and recovery support services, longitudinal studies with adolescents, adults and older adults to understand the predictors of entering and sustaining recovery, and creating the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) coordinating center for teaching evidenced based assessment to support clinical decision making at the individual level and program evaluation. He has multiple awards for moving the field from science to practice, promoting diversity through practice based evidence and bringing more people into the field.

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