“Molly” is one of the more recent additions to what could be called the “A-List” drug group. “She” is what drug users believe to be the purest form of Ecstasy, so the false sense of safety is leading many people to experiment with Molly regularly.
Molly, short for molecule, is a version of MDMA, just like Ecstasy. Every batch created can potentially be a different concoction of any number of stimulant or hallucinogenic substances, like those in cocaine and methamphetamine. You really do not know what you are taking unless you made the drug yourself. That seems scary, is that worrisome to you? If it isn’t it should be, these people creating the drugs are often addicts themselves.
Online chat rooms are filled with people discussing how to get the best high from taking Molly, with people offering up advice on what drugs to combine, how much of each drug to take, and how amazing the high from Molly can be, all as if they were exchanging recipes and baking tips. It appears there is an entire sub-culture being created around the use and lifestyle of using MDMA.
The scariest part of all of this is that people are just simply not aware of how dangerous the chemical composition of all drugs, and in this cause of Molly, really are to the human body and brain. Officials say that Molly can prove to be deadly, and many deaths have been attributed to the use of Molly.
The carefree fun of lowered inhibitions, possibly hallucinating and loving everyone and everything lasts for only a few hours, while the drug itself is altering your brain chemistry. It just takes one time to overdose, and with repeated use, the brain of a Molly user or abuser is completely out of whack. Altering your brain chemistry is a recipe for disaster.
Have you heard of serotonin, the naturally-occurring neurotransmitter in your brain that’s responsible for happiness, well-being, mood, appetite, and sleep? What about dopamine, the neurotransmitter that dictates reward and pleasure? Molly disrupts both of these. During use of the drug, you feel great because the neurotransmitters and activated, but Molly is also messing up your organic system of functioning.
Psychologically, this causes paranoia, anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue, impaired attention, inability to focus or concentrate, lowered drive and motivation, and emotional sensitivity. Physiologically, a Molly user experiences dizziness, lightheadedness, or vertigo, loss of appetite, diarrhea or constipation, insomnia, aches and pains, exhaustion, and jaw soreness.
All of this for a few hours of escape from reality? Think about what must be happening inside your body, and to the only brain you will ever have, if all of these side effects are showing up for you. Is it worth it?
If you have been experimenting with Molly and you want to stop, find out how, and if treatment is right for you. Get your life back and get healthy by seeking the treatment you need if you are currently in a battle with an Ecstasy addiction.
Post written by Dr. Priya Chaudhri, Ph.D. the clinical director at The Control Center a holistic addiction treatment center helping people with their battles with drug addiction, learn more at their website.
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