What is Molly/Ecstasy/MDMA?

Molly and Ecstasy are very popular club drugs that really hit their stride in the late 90s. Both drugs contain the very potent chemical compound called MDMA, which is a powerful psychoactive drug. It is most often used recreationally to produce feelings of euphoria, empathy, and pleasure. MDMA is normally taken orally and effects usually last 2-6 hours.

What is the difference between Molly, Ecstasy, and MDMA?

When people talk about ecstasy or Molly, they are talking about essentially the same chemical, MDMA or 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. By itself, MDMA has properties that may increase a person’s energy, happiness, and trust. On the negative side, the drug can also distort a person’s sense of time or sensory perceptions, like visual, tactile, or auditory stimulation. Although Ecstasy and Molly both contain MDMA as their base, there are indeed differences between the two drugs. The primary difference is that Molly came later in the 2000’s, as a sort of re-branding of ecstasy, because ecstasy developed a reputation as being harmful and impure. Here are some other differences between the two drugs listed below.

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A Multifaceted Approach to Residential Addiction Treatment for Men

To improve your chance of recovery, our men’s rehab program focuses on three major factors of treatment: your mind, body, and spirit. As one or more of these areas become unbalanced, they can directly contribute directly to your substance use disorder.

All of our providers are experts in their field and utilize specialized treatment programs for each individual. By developing an individualized approach for each of our guests, we can successfully break old habits and work to promote new and healthy ones.

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Substance use disorder starts in the mind. Daily services are provided to guests in the men’s rehab program to help restore proper cognitive thinking and processing. Healing is fostered by experienced clinicians through group therapy and individual therapy sessions using the latest advances in research in the mental health field.

The professionals at Serenity Springs realize that drinking and illicit drug use is only a symptom of mental health disorders and not the root cause. The goal is to have guests leave the program with an understanding of their disease and mental clarity that they could have never imagined before beginning substance abuse treatment.

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Drug and alcohol abuse destroys the body. Serenity Springs’ treatment options help heal the body through proper nutrition, exercise, and supplementation. Those who enter the men’s rehab program begin healing on day one of treatment.

Delicious meals are designed by a nutritionist and prepared by a professional chef. Additionally, guests at our Florida rehab center will have access to healthy snacks 24 hours a day. guests leave Serenity Springs with their bodies feeling completely rejuvenated.

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Our treatment program focuses on healing broken spirits and is one of the best male rehabilitation centers in Florida. Beginning with daily meditation, guests work every day, both individually and in support groups on reducing selfishness, gaining discipline, and changing their perspective on life.

Guests work through the 12-steps with experienced staff members who have recovered from addiction themselves by going through the same process. By being given the framework to produce a vital spiritual experience, guests leave our substance abuse treatment program with newfound freedom and happiness they never thought possible.

Why do people abuse molly and ecstasy despite experiencing negative consequences?

While on ecstasy, users will have increased feelings of stimulation, a desire to be close to those around them, feeling rushes off energy at strange times, and a heightened sense of empathy. These pleasure rushes cause an MDMA user to feel are so intense, when the user is no longer under the influence of the drug that they make normal pleasurable emotions difficult to experience.

Do you withdraw from Molly/Ecstasy?

Once the Ecstasy has worn off, a user may show signs of depression and may be unable to get out of bed for an extended period of time. Anhedonia is a major withdrawal symptom from abusing MDMA. This condition is the inability to experience pleasure from things that would normally bring pleasure. It may take a person weeks, months, or years to again experience normal pleasure after abusing the drug.

Can someone recover from Molly/Ecstasy addiction?

There are many different treatments that are considered effective at treating MDMA related addiction. These include things such as cognitive behavioral treatments and treatments that focus on developing better coping skills that will allow the user to better manage stress and highly emotional situations. To successfully recover from any addiction, all three parts of the disease: mind, body, and spirit, must be treated. Many who have recovered from molly or ecstasy addiction found success with residential men’s inpatient rehab or intensive outpatient drug treatment programs at Serenity Springs Recovery Center in Central Florida.

Molly vs. Ecstasy

MDMA by itself is a white or off-white powder or crystal. Ecstasy is sold in pressed tablets, but Molly is often viewed as more of a “pure” powder, most commonly sold in capsules. Since Ecstasy has a reputation of being cut with more dangerous chemicals, Molly was deemed by many to be purer than the pill form because it hasn’t been cut or altered. However, an article published by CNN found that only 13 percent of Molly seized in New York between 2014 and 2018 was actually MDMA.

Ecstasy is often cut with:

  • Methamphetamine (speed)
  • Ketamine or Cocaine
  • Dextromethorphan (DXM)
  • Ephedrine or Caffeine
  • 3, 4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA)
  • Para-Methoxyamphetamine (PMA)

Molly is often cut with:

  • Synthetic cathinones (i.e. methylone (M1), 4-MEC, MDPV, mephedrone)
  • (4-MMC), Pentedrone, and MePP para-Methoxyamphetamine (PMA)
  • 3, 4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) NBOMe

Can you overdose from Molly/Ecstasy?

Yes, MDMA can increase the chance for heat stroke due to its effects on the hypothalamus, which is an area in the brain that helps regulate body temperature. MDMA also causes water retention and hyponatremia, which can be fatal.

A user may have overdosed if they exhibit symptoms such as:

  • Panic attacks
  • Faintness
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

There can be devastating long term effects, including:

  • Depression
  • Changes to the brain (serotonergic systems)
  • Deterioration of cognitive and psychomotor function
  • Sleeping problems
  • Increased risk of stroke

What are some negative effects of Molly/Ecstasy use?

The effects of Molly and Ecstasy can vary depending on the chemicals used in a specific capsule or powder, but some common symptoms of those under the influence are listed below.

  • Confusion
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Perspiration
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Thirst
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Jaw clenching
  • Violent or bizarre behavior
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired balance/gait
  • Lack of appetite
  • Restless legs
  • Heavy legs

Frequently Asked Questions

Going to rehab can seem daunting for many people, especially when the realization of your addiction unveils itself. Although this can seem like a complicated process, we’ve put together a few common questions and answers to help ease your mind and prepare you for the road ahead.

Rehabilitation is not just a place where you fight your addiction. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, our men’s rehab center is designed to help you fight your addiction once and for all while healing your body, mind, and spirit.

Fighting your addiction alone can be isolating and more challenging. However, along the journey, we help provide you with services that will help you rebuild your body, mind, and spirit for ultimate success. When you have a strong support system such as the one that we offer in our men’s residential facility, you are better able to lead a sober lifestyle.

Many people often ask, “how can I prepare for rehabilitation?” Knowing what to expect when you enter into our programs can better help you begin your journey to recovery on the right foot. Although it can be overwhelming to enter a new chapter in your life, ultimately, it is for the best, and we are here to support you through it.

Before entering into our treatment programs, our admission coordinators will give you an over-the-phone evaluation. During this call, you’ll be able to get answers to any questions or concerns that you may have. You will also be given a detailed outline of your individualized treatment plan, which is created based on your evaluation. This process helps to make you aware of what will be taking place throughout the program. It’s also a great time to ask any unanswered questions regarding our policies and overall recovery process.

The main concern for many people when entering into our men’s rehab center is how long the program is. It can create more anxiety when you are faced with the reality that you will be away from family, friends, work, and other responsibilities for an extended period. Our residential gender-specific men’s in-patient program is designed to help you fully immerse yourself in the recovery journey. This program can last anywhere from 30-90 days.

While the average alcohol rehab program can take anywhere from a month to a year – or even longer in some cases – it’s crucial to know what factors determine the length of your stay. A phone evaluation will help our staff members gain more information about the severity of your addiction. This will help us create an individualized treatment plan and course of action that will best suit your needs throughout the program.

Fighting your addiction involves more than a therapy session and discussing past trauma. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, we believe in treating our guests as a whole to help heal the mind, body, and spirit for optimal recovery. This holistic approach to treatment utilizes many different techniques to help you throughout the journey to healing and life beyond our programs. Some of our daily services include:

  • Psychiatric care
  • Yoga
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family services
  • One on one therapy

There are a plethora of rehabilitation centers across the United States. Each one offers a variety of programs for different needs. However, numerous underlying issues within the addiction rehabilitation industry have been causing all kinds of problems for guests and their families, including poor quality treatment and high relapse rates.

At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, our approach to treating your addiction involves healing all aspects of your mind, body, and spirit. We offer industry-leading addiction and clinical interventions, including psychiatric care, health and wellness services, and many more tailored options to your recovery process.

We pride ourselves on being able to create individualized treatment plans specific to your needs and goals. Our high staff-to-client ratio allows us to provide an individualized, compassionate focus to ensure that all our guests are getting what they need at all times.