Many Molly users get hooked on the drug because of their misconception that it is a purer form of ecstasy. They also may believe that Molly is not addictive. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Molly is a highly addictive drug that results in severe withdrawal symptoms. It is also often cut with additives that increase the risk of dangerous drug interactions and overdose.
Brain zaps are often the first Molly withdrawal symptom. These disturbing zaps are a shock that travels from the brainstem to areas of the brain, down the spine, or both. Within about 24 to 72 hours, additional symptoms cause the Molly user intensely uncomfortable or painful feelings. These sometimes terrifying sensations make it impossible for the addicted user to stop. Even if a user intends to quit Molly, these symptoms can grow so intense that he or she is driven to continue taking the drug.
Molly withdrawal signs are both physical and mental. They often become visible to others and can make completing normal tasks of daily living impossible. Someone experiencing these signs may have little choice but to remain in bed. Mental symptoms often drive people back to the drug because they make the person feel so anxious, agitated, and emotionally low that the drug is the only thing that can make them feel a temporary cessation of these painful experiences.
Physical signs and symptoms include:
- Panic attacks
- Muscle Rigidity
Panic attacks cause a rise in blood pressure and a rapid heartrate. Tremors and sweating may also be present. The sufferer may mistake the panic attack for a heart attack. Chest pains and shaking can intensify feelings of having a heart attack. A person in this condition may believe that he or she is dying. When someone is suffering a severe panic attack brought on by Molly withdrawal, they should be transported to a medical center as quickly as possible.
Mental signs and symptoms include:
- Mood Swings
- Poor Concentration
- Memory Loss
Anxiety may be related to panic attacks but can be present without a panic attack. Symptoms may include feelings of stress that are unwarranted by the actual situation the person is experiencing. The person may experience intense worry and not be able to get their mind off of things that make them anxious. Physical symptoms like an upset stomach, shakiness, and sweating may also occur.
Withdrawal from Molly can cause intense cravings. These cravings result from the brain of the Molly user becoming accustomed to increased levels of three neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters are produced naturally in the brain and help a person remain mentally, physically, and emotionally balanced. Molly interrupts this balance by artificially raising their levels, which results in the increased energy and feelings of euphoria and emotional warmth that Molly use produces. Once the brain becomes accustomed to these increased levels, more Molly is needed to achieve the desired effect. If Molly is suddenly stopped, the brain feels deprived of the neurotransmitters, causing cravings and low energy, emotional coldness, and depression.
Along with depression, a person experiencing Molly withdrawal signs experiences mood swings. These changes in emotional status are often uncharacteristic of the individual and out of proportion to events. Mood swings may be accompanied by insomnia, which can further cause odd changes in mood and behavior.
Molly withdrawal signs also affect cognitive functioning. Difficulty concentrating and memory loss are common Molly withdrawal signs. People experiencing these cognitive symptoms should consult with a doctor as soon as possible. Continued Molly use can make memory loss permanent and lead to prolonged learning problems and reasoning deficits.
Some of the most serious Molly withdrawal signs are paranoia, delusions, and psychosis. Paranoia can range from mild to severe and cause a person to act out in uncharacteristic ways based on irrational fears. It can also result in increased anxiety symptoms. Delusions are a mental disorder where the sufferer continues to believe things that are obviously untrue despite evidence to the contrary. Delusions can be non-bizarre or bizarre. Non-bizarre delusions are things that can happen in reality but are not actually occurring, such as a person believing someone is attempting to poison them. Bizarre delusions cannot occur in reality, such as a person believing that their thoughts are being broadcast to others.
Psychosis is a break from reality that makes the sufferer unable to distinguish what is real and what is not. Psychosis symptoms include delusions as well as visual or auditory hallucinations. A person experiencing psychosis may also speak unclearly and behave in a disorganized fashion.
The symptoms each individual experiences during Molly withdrawal differ by the amount and length of Molly use, as well as the individual’s chemical makeup. Symptoms typically subside in 30 to 90 days. Because Molly symptoms are severe and long-lasting, relapse rates are high for Molly users who attempt to quit cold turkey.
Experts recommend supervised detox for people who are addicted to Molly. Supervised detox takes the patient out of the environment where they have been using Molly and makes relapse impossible while they are in treatment. The detox facility will prescribe medications and other therapies to reduce the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Supervised detox also treats the patient for any other medical needs. Once supervised detox is completed, experts recommend the patient undergo a drug rehabilitation program. A rehabilitation program provides therapies that help patients remain off Molly once they leave treatment.