Molly is dangerous designer drug that is also known as MDMA or ecstasy. Although many users who buy molly anticipate taking pure or nearly pure MDMA, today’s molly contains a dangerous mix of toxins. It is dangerous, addictive and can produce fatal overdose.
The History of Molly
Although many individuals may think molly is a new drug, the psychoactive ingredient that makes it popular has been around for more than 100 years. Merck scientists first discovered molly’s psychoactive ingredient, MDMA, by accident in 1912. They ignored it for another 15 years when researchers returned to the compound and discovered that its properties were similar to ephedrine, a common stimulant.
As the 20th century progressed, the United States Army tested MDMA for use in wartime and interrogation settings. MDMA rose in popularity during the 1960s counterculture movement and eventually became popular in California. A UC Berkeley scientist began recommending the drug as an effective tool for reaching difficult patients in psychotherapy.
The psychotherapists discovered that small, pure doses in tightly controlled settings produced greater introspection and less defensiveness in patients. Unfortunately, at the same time, molly also became a popularly abused drug in dance clubs across Europe and the U.S. Today, the drug is still popular at electronic dance music festivals, raves and clubs — unfortunately, the molly of today is not the MDMA of UC Berkeley fame. It is usually packed with extremely toxic chemicals that illicit manufacturers use to increase profit. These chemicals can include everything from methamphetamine, one of the most dangerous drugs on the Earth, as well as household chemicals, gasoline and other dangerous substances.
In 1985, the federal government declared MDMA as a Schedule I substance alongside heroin and LSD. And regardless of whether or not a person takes pure MDMA or a designer drug containing MDMA plus other substances, molly is dangerous and highly addictive.
What to Know About Molly
Molly usually comes in tablet form, but it also appears as a powder or a capsule. Tablets may look like brightly colored, imprinted candy; powders and capsules are often cut with other substances, although tablets may also be adulterated.
The lights and loud music at raves, clubs and festivals often enhance the effects of molly. Recently, severe concerns over the consequences of molly abuse grew after several fatal overdoses occurred at music festivals in New York City, Austin and elsewhere. In general, an individual who takes molly can expect the high to set in about 30 minutes after ingestion. It causes euphoria and a feeling of closeness to others; after the effects end, fatigue and depression set in.
Molly is a mild hallucinogenic as well as a central nervous system stimulant. Because molly is a “designer” drug created by illicit manufacturers, a person who takes it can never be certain about what substances are entering the body. Some molly trips might produce mania, while others can cause hours of intense anxiety and fear. Molly negatively affects the brain’s ability to think clearly and make sound decisions, and it also raises body temperature, which can have devastating side effects.
The Physical and Psychological Effects of Molly
Central nervous system stimulants include drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine and amphetamine. These drugs increase the activity of the brain, and abusing a drug such as molly over a prolonged period of time can cause severe anxiety, paranoia and depression.
People who take molly may actually be taking a highly addictive drug such as methamphetamine, which many addiction professionals consider one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. Because molly depletes the brain’s supply of serotonin — a chemical the human body needs — chronic abuse and molly addiction causes serious psychological consequences. The effects of molly include:
- Intense depressive symptoms in the days following abuse, an effect known as suicide Tuesday
- Jaw clenching and grinding, which can lead to serious infections because of tooth decay
- Exhaustion and irritability in the hours following abuse
- Difficulty with motivation
- Poor sleep habits
- Lack of appetite and digestive upset
Identifying Molly Overdose, Abuse and Addiction
Molly raises the body’s temperature so high that people who overdose sometimes die from overheating. This is why people who take molly also drink a lot of water and use menthol-based products such as cigarettes and rubs. During molly overdose, the following symptoms occur:
- Rigid muscles
- Manic symptoms, including intense paranoia and agitation
- Severe confusion and difficulty communicating clearly
- Hallucinations and delusions
- Irregular heartbeat, which could precede a heart attack
- Shortness of breath or irregular breathing
If you’re afraid that someone you care about is addicted to molly, you will notice the following signs:
- Spending more time finding drugs, while forgetting other activities and responsibilities
- Worsening cognitive problems affecting memory, decision making skills, learning and communication
- Worsening dental problems resulting from tooth decay
- Weight loss
- Insomnia and anxiety
- Longer-lasting bouts of depression
- Ignoring old friends to hang out with a new crowd
- Developing problems with money, reputation and relationships
Do these symptoms sound familiar? If so, it’s time to get help from 12 Keys Rehab.
Molly Rehab and Recovery
Addiction is a chronic relapsing disease characterized by certain behaviors. If your loved one continues using molly despite negative lifestyle consequences, they may be suffering from molly addiction. If your loved one is using more and more molly and feels intensifying withdrawal symptoms when not using, getting help is essential for building and maintaining a lifelong recovery.
At 12 Keys Rehab, our staff is experienced and understanding. We are also well qualified to help you or your loved one recover from molly addiction. Our treatment facility employs medically assisted detox and full spectrum therapeutic care to address all aspects of addiction. From behavioral therapy to psychotherapy to 12 Step care, our clients learn why abuse became a problem and how they can avoid it in the future. Because we know that living a fun lifestyle is an essential part of the recovery process, our clients also enjoy a huge range of activities designed to make sober living enjoyable.
You don’t have to let molly addiction define you. Call 12 Keys Rehab for a free and confidential assessment, and find your path to freedom, starting today.
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