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Addictive Drugs Overview: Is Molly Addictive?

Today, we are here to discuss the drug commonly known as molly, and unpack the question most asked relating to this drug, is molly addictive? To begin, we will first review some details about molly itself, where it originated, how it is most commonly used, and the effect molly exhibits. Once we understand molly as drug a bit more, we will determine if molly is addictive and explore how best to treat a potential addition to molly.

About Molly

Molly is actually the crystalline form of MDMA, or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. A mouth full to say, this same drug is most commonly known as Ecstasy, however molly is viewed as the purer crystalline molecular form, while ecstasy is pressed powder form. Minor distinction separate these two stimulants which are both sold in capsules and are typically swallowed or snorted. Popular mainly at major music festivals, nightclubs or similar scenes, molly distorts a person’s time perception, enhancing their senses of touch and hearing as the user exhibits mild hallucinogenic qualities. While euphoric and intoxicating at times, molly also causes a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature to increase, leading to a risk of overheating while also impairing the users judgement, decision making, and intensifying feelings of anxiety, depression, paranoia, and memory lapse. The MDMA in molly also imparts strong cravings for more, leading to the added risk of overdose. Furthermore, long term use of molly has been connected to kidney and liver damage, cardiovascular risks, and dehydration. There are many effects relating to molly, as the list below displays:

Molly Side Effects:

  • Muscle Tension
  • Teeth Clenching
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred Vision
  • Paranoia
  • Memory and attention challenges
  • Reduced sleep
  • Aggression
  • Reduced Appetite

Is Molly Addictive?

So, is molly addictive? When analyzing this question, we look at it in two forms.  The level of addiction would not be considered as severe as addiction can be with some other forms of drugs such as opioids which chemically exhibit dependency, but when we look at the definition of an addiction, molly can definitely become addictive. If you are personally using molly, or know someone who is actively using this drug, it’s important to identify the signs of addiction. If cravings become compulsive, if the use of the molly becomes more frequent, if you notice behavior changes, feel out of control when using molly or not, if you continue to use molly even though it is negatively effecting your relationships, work, finances, family, or any other aspect of your life, you have likely developed a molly addiction. At this stage, there is increased risks for overdose and other adverse effects, and it is time to seek treatment.

Treating Molly Addiction

Since molly is a stimulant, Long Island Center for Recovery recommends treating molly addiction the same way you would treat other stimulant addictions. Medically assisted detox would begin at a inpatient treatment facility, where clients can comfortable kick there addictive habits. Once the physical separation is addressed from the stimulant addiction, counseling programs would begin, aiming to enhance motivation for sobriety, and addressing the underlying issues contributing to client’s addictions. The key here will be that clients know there is a plan for them, and a facility like LICR has the proper programs and tools to aid clients on their road to recovery.


We hope you found this information helpful.  If you or a loved one needs any additional assistance with addiction treatment services, please reach out to Long Island Center for Recovery at 800-344-5427, and we’d be happy to assist you or your loved ones in any way possible.

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