Molly Substance Abuse Overview
What is Molly?
“Molly” is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, the chemical used in Ecstasy. Its chemical name is Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, but it is more commonly referred to as MDMA. It has become a popular drug at music festivals. Molly is considered to be pure MDMA, unlike Ecstasy, which generally is laced with other ingredients, such as Caffeine or Methamphetamine. Posters at music festivals and lyrics in songs asking if anyone has seen “Molly” gives the drug an innocent appeal, but it is far from that.
Where did the name “Molly” come from?
The name is thought to have been derived from the word “molecule.” The term wasn’t really used before 2008. Since then, Molly has been “very much glamorized in pop culture. References to it have appeared in songs from artists as far-ranging as Kanye West, Rick Ross, Miley Cyrus, and Madonna
What is the difference between Molly and Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is frequently combined with other, potentially more dangerous drugs — including speed, ketamine, or even LSD — Molly is a fairly recent rebranding effort that is said to contain pure MDMA. Molly is often ingested in a powder of crystal form, and is available illegally for $30 to $50 a dose.
The Dangers of Molly
The risky part about taking molly is that the chemical makeup is often altered, so teens don’t really know what they’re taking, even though they believe it is safer. Users can feel an emotional addiction to the drug. Like all drugs, after an extended period of time, Molly’s doses tend to increase in order to have the same effect as it did in the beginning; that’s when you can expect to see some negative side effects.
Who uses Molly?
Most Molly abuse occurs between the ages of 16-24. Teens and young adults often believe that Molly is safer than other illicit drugs because it has less negative side effects, which is not the case. Molly abuse is predominant amongst young people because of the ease of access to the drug. Some teens say that getting it is as easy as sending a text message to a friend. Molly abuse is rarely noticeable until after the drug has been taken, unlike marijuana for example, which has a distinct smell.
Signs of Abuse
You might suspect that your teen is abusing molly if they end up in the hospital with side effects like elevated heart rates, high body temperature and low stamina.
What does Molly do to you?
Molly, which is a stimulant produces euphoria and physical energy, increasing feelings of empathy and intimacy with partners that makes users feel as if all is right in the world. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says this is accomplished when MDMA binds to serotonin transporters, which alters the brain’s neurochemistry.
From a psychological standpoint, Molly use can result in (temporary)
- Heightened perceptions
- Elevated mood
- Reduced appetite
- A prolonged burst of energy
If your teen in abusing Molly, Inspirations can help. Teens see no risk in trying “less dangerous” drugs like molly, so not much is going to stop them from trying more dangerous drugs in the future. Molly can quietly become the new gateway drug since marijuana is slowly becoming legalized in some states. Molly abuse with teens should not be taken lightly. Teens that try drugs at an earlier age are more likely to become addicted. In fact, ninety percent of adults who struggle with drug addiction first used drugs before the age of 18.
At Inspirations we treat all substance abuse and addictions from alcohol abuse to molly abuse. We understand what you are going through and we care about the future of your teen. We have a gender based treatment program which includes family therapy, music and art therapy, psychotherapy, and recreational therapy. Along with the proper care from licensed, in-house therapists and a superior staff, we are confident that our teen rehab can be a step in the right direction for you and your teen.