MDMA, also known as “molly” and “ecstasy” are club drugs that give users a sense of euphoria. MDMA is made up of the chemical compound, methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. The drug works as a hybrid between a stimulant and hallucinogen. People who take the drug experience an increase in energy, and the neurotransmitter serotonin is released in the brain, which causes a short-term, elevated mood. As people continue to use MDMA more often, a physical dependence forms due to the brain relying on MDMA to know when to release serotonin. When the drug is not present, the brain stops releasing any serotonin and people begin experiencing depression. MDMA, like all other illicit drugs, is not always pure. Ecstasy or molly can have ketamine, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs mixed in it. You never know what is in your MDMA pills. Someone who is addicted to MDMA may become sexually active with multiple partners, have a distorted perception of time, or even seem to be in a euphoric trance.
SIGNS OF ABUSE
MDMA, ecstasy and molly produce dangerous side effects when taken, including causing the body to overheat. Users often do not hydrate properly, causing heat stroke. Other dangerous effects the drug produces are nausea, muscle cramping, fever, hallucination, blurred vision, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and tension in the mouth or jaw that causes grinding of teeth. Signs that someone is abusing any of these club drugs can include both behavioral and physical changes. A person high on MDMA will have a heightened level of stimulation, which often includes having an increased sex drive and touching oneself or others, especially while dancing. A person high on MDMA will spend many hours awake and experience increased sweating and dilated pupils. After experiencing such heightened energy and stimulation levels, coming down from MDMA is normally followed by a bout of depression. Long term impacts of ecstasy addiction can include problems sleeping, memory loss, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and fatigue. Decline in physical health, money problems, loss of a job, mood swings and secrecy are also general signs someone may be misusing drugs. Individuals who take ecstasy may also participate in riskier behaviors than they used to, such as unprotected sex with multiple partners.
Each individual will face different withdrawal symptoms, depending on how long they were using MDMA. Withdrawal symptoms can start within 12 hours of the last use and can last for several days. Withdrawal from club drugs can be very difficult, emotionally and physically. Symptoms of withdrawal from molly, ecstasy and MDMA may include irritability, psychosis or hallucinations, anxiety and panic, memory loss, sweating, body aches, difficulty sleeping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.