Is Molly addictive?

YES. Molly (MDMA) can be addictive. This derivative of methamphetamine alters the chemical responses of neurotransmitters and can cause euphoric effect which compels use. More on psychological and physical dependence on Molly here.

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Molly, also known as MDMA, is an illegal drug popular in rave and club culture. The use of MDMA is on the rise and popular for its mind altering effects and increased intimacy.  How long does MDMA stay in the system?  And what makes Molly addictive? Plus,  how do you know that you’ve become addicted to Molly or not? We review these questions here and invite your questions about the addictive potential of Molly at the end.

What is Molly used for?

Molly (MDMA) was first created in a lab in 1912. It then traveled slowly from Europe to the United States. The use of Molly rose in popularity in the 1970’s. During this time, it was picked up by a lot of psychotherapists and studied for potential therapeutic purposes. Molly is still being studied in labs today.

However, outside the lab its primary function is one of recreation. Molly is used for the altered mental state it creates. MDMA increases senses of intimacy and mental alertness. It also dramatically alters sensory perception. People taking Molly for this altered perception and experience a different level of interaction with the world around them.

What is Molly made of?

Molly is a derivative of methamphetamine which acts as both a stimulant and a psychedelic. Molly is a manifested synthetic drug made in laboratories and in home kitchens. Molly is the pure form of MDMA and comes in a powdery crystallized form. However, there is potential of Molly being cut with other harmful substances such as; ketamine, BZP, or caffeine. It is said the pure MDMA has a lower addiction potential than other forms of MDMA.

How addictive is Molly?

Molly is a scheduled I substance because it is not only illegal but has a high potential of abuse. While many people do not develop chemical dependency on Molly, psychological craving (the defining characteristic of addiction) can be quite high. Molly effects the brain by altering the chemical responses of neurotransmitters. These disruptions hinder proper communication between neurons. This is what results in the altered effects of the brain and ability to experience higher sensations of stimulation. Molly also releases a hormone called oxytocin which is present during orgasm and child birth which accounts for the increases intimacy you feel when you are taking Molly.  While you normally do not die from taking Molly, you can physically view effects of Molly on the body by using SPECT for drug addiction to take images of the brain.

Molly dependence vs. addiction

Because Molly is a recreational drug, addiction is more likely when you take MDMA for effect. However, addiction and physical dependence are two separate clinical conditions. Dependence happens when the body has adapted to the continued presence of MDMA in the system and presents withdrawal symptoms once you stop taking it. Prolonged abuse of Molly can completely alter the brain chemistry to the point that cognitive behavior is only normal with the presence of the drug inside the body. At this point, the body is physically addicted to Molly. But most Molly users are not this extreme.

On the other hand, addiction may be present because the added psychological element of seeking out Molly even though it is hurting your body or your life may be more likely. Addiction can also involve seeking out the drug to self-medicate and mitigate the lack of pleasure and stimuli in your life. Simply taking Molly over time can lead to an addiction and negative relationship with the drug.

How do you get addicted to Molly ?

Molly use is not regulated and so many do not know the level of doses it takes to become addicted. Nor is there any sort of tapering process that compensates for withdrawal or help the brain reach homeostasis. Therefore, it is hard to determine how fast someone can become addicted to Molly. There are simply too many factors that play into it.

On top of that, everyone is different and reacts to Molly in different ways. Overall, continued abuse and self-medication using MDMA regularly will lead to addiction. Also, if you or your family have a tendency toward dependency to drugs or alcohol, you may be at a higher risk compared to someone who isn’t. If you feel you may be addicted to Molly, look out for the signs and then seek professional help to support your decision to stay away from MDMA.

Signs of Molly addiction

Again, chemcial dependence to MDMA and Molly addiction can be similar but are clinically different conditions. However, if you think you may addicted to Molly, the following are good indicators of Molly addiction:

  1. Using Molly in order to maintain normal function regardless of withdrawal
  2. Seeking out Molly and disrupting your life to take it
  3. Craving the drug
  4. Rationalized use of Molly in order to continue taking it

Molly addiction potential questions

Do you still have questions about the addiction potential of Molly? Please leave your questions, comments or feedback here. We are happy to help answer your questions personally and promptly. And if we do not know the answer to your particular Molly question, we will refer you to someone who does.

Reference Sources: NIDA: MDMA
NCBI: Modifiable risk factors of Ecstasy
MDMA in Missouri 
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I tried MDMA in a music festival, took 1 dose a day for 2 days, and I felt awkward. I didn’t enjoy the experience because I felt off balance, even though I felt love and bliss, it was artificial. I have been meditating consistently for more than a year, and I can definetly say that meditation is a better drug than alcohol, weed and MDMA. If you meditate for 3 months everyday, than 100% guarantee you can overcome every addiction, just like I overcame porn addiction. When you meditate your brain has time to reajust chemichaly, much like in your sleep, but much more efficiently. After a while you feel high all the time while taking no drugs and increasing your general intelligence

  2. Listen here, molly gets me through the day. I’m a librarian at a low esteem high school and I cannot handle one more weaboo asking me for the tentacle hentai. And all the time emo shits ask me for a book on how to slit your wrists. So maybe Molly is addictive but I think what drives me to take it is being forced to endure this highschool every weekday.

  3. Look I was addicted to MDMA methadrone methylone, and methydrone still crave all the time. will never go away from time to time, but for males getting on a workout routine and try some test booters or pure testosterone with good meals and proper fruit and veggie intake and you will be OK in about a couple days to week 2 tops , for women,, coffee and or energy drinks with exercise and get the brain juices flowin, and hot showers ,, and if your really into herbs and supplement s, the plant leaf (KRATOM) and raspberry ketones is wonderful, 2 to 5 grams of kratom will work soo many wonders for any detox but like I say to EVERYONE. Weed is the best remedy for any detox period get and ounce and just smoke weed till yur better and and if you feel its not working smoke more weed, weed is a guarrentee, or any also guarentee ambian, never lunesta its very horrible and will have yu sleepwalking, and i n jail for doing dumb activities subliminally awake, with no mental capacticty to know

  4. Zia, I hope I’m not too late with my response. I too have major depressive disorder along with ocd, take zoloft and have been hospitalized in the past and have relapsed into major depressive episodes about 4 times. I never tried Molly, but apparently the euphoria is comparable to that of heroin, which I’ve tried (google which drugs induce the most euphoria if you don’t believe that). I only did heroin a handful of times, and never got physically dependent, but the toll it has taken on me psychologically is devastating. At the moment, I can’t shake the thought that that feeling may be the best I will ever feel. I honestly don’t think I will ever be the same and the most I can hope for is that the memories of the experiences I’ve had using it will be repressed (a lot like ptsd). It’s not becoming addicted you should be concerned with, but the long term psychological damage it will have on you. If you still go ahead and try molly after what I’ve told you, then you are a fucking moron.

  5. I’m really thinking about doing this drug I don’t know if weight plays a part I’m 5,7 and I weigh 107.4 pounds could I get a addicted easy I was kinda on Zoloft a lot I know it’s not addicted but u just likes when I was on so much I felt sick idk why I liked that I have vary bad deprshon I been hospitalized 2 times I smoked weed and pills that’s it really I smoke cigarets I just won’t to know if I can just do it one time

  6. Hi all. My name is Mike and I was a molly addict for over 2 years. As of recent I have completely stopped all Molly intake. After spending between $80,000 and $100,000 on this crap I finally did it. 🙂 My story is as follows. Dad died, I was 24, never felt happy and always wanted to try E. Someone I knew told me about Molly, (or at least what it ideally contained (mdma)), I tried it and fell in love. It made me so happy. I had smoked some weed in my younger years and liked it, but it never became a problem. I had tried cocaine but it never became a problem. When I started taking Molly it was like “I can be this happy all the time. Well holy shit!”. This was the turning point of my life where at 25 it started to spiral downward to the point where I was spending between $500-$1000 on this drug just to feel normal. I tried to quit (Or at least told myself I was going to quit) numerous times in the past few years. Nothing seemed to work. If I tried to stop I would cry like a baby. I didn’t cry when my dad/best friend died, (not because I didn’t care but because I wasn’t a crier) but was traumatized by it. The withdrawal of molly not only made me cry, but made me have mood swings where I would punch holes in walls or cabinets like a brute. I started taking this stuff everyday about 2 years ago and would sprinkle it in water. Never snort or smoke or parachute it. I would always stay hydrated but knew the risks, yet couldn’t stop. Last month my “connect” was out of it so I had to lessen my doses in amount as well as lengthen the time between doses. As I did this for a week or so I was miserable, but I started taking SaMe, and 5HTP both of which are a serotonin booster of sorts and vitamin b/c complex as well. I also began taking a couple anti-depressants a week before this. I was miserable at first and had friends nearbye because I was feeling a bit suicidal, but after a few days without the use of molly and with the use of SaMe and 5HTP and the vitamin b/c complex I woke up one day and felt ok. Well not ok, but much better then I thought I possibly could. Now it’s been a month or so and I am getting better everyday. I’m sure I have done a decent amount of damage to my brain to say the least, but I can still think coherently, write decently (or so I think lol), I have a sense of humor and most importantly I have the ability to be happy without the use of molly in my life. I write this because I want to help others with the same problem that halted my development as a person and cost me some of my health and a lot of my $.

    P.S.- I just returned from a snowboarding trip to Colorado where for the first time since the start of my addiction 2-3 years ago I boarded as well as snowmobiled and indoor skydived. I have been pretty tired when I wake up but have been drinking healthier energy drinks to be able to stay awake and focus better. I hope that I won’t need to drink these a few months from now…

    Sincerely, Mike Brin

  7. Everyone should read this! Molly is very addictive, in fact its more addictive than most people know. When you’re under the influence of molly you crave more of it. And from 1 to 3 days after used you crave it really badly. One of the best drugs but by far one of the most addictive too. I’d stay away from it

  8. Hello Tunj. Check in with your state’s department of health. There are voucher based or sliding scale addiction treatment centers which are low-cost and can help you address the physical and psychological need for Molly.

  9. I feel the same as roger. I’ve had this ongoing addiction to molly for almost two years now. Can’t reme abstaining from it for more than 3 days at a time over that period of time. My personal, family and job relationships have all been negatively affected by this and I still can’t seem to kick it. Even attempted suicide as a means of escape and unfortunately that didn’t work. I can’t afford a psychotherapist and I can’t continue like this either. Is there ANY other solution you can recommend before I self destruct?

  10. Thank you,but i already know the information you sent to me.I have been taking molly for a year now,3 to 4 days a week.300 to 1000 dollars.I,m at my end here.I need to bring this to an end.I am doing it while sending this.I have a plan in motion by tomorrow night.Have to get back to what i was.It,s been along time now.But although wife doe,s not know the whole story.She is my biggest suport.Wish me luck.Beware all you users.You may be on a road to a dead end.

  11. Hello Melvin. And the answer is no. Suboxone is a combination opiate compound (buprenorphine/naloxone) and works well to help detox from opiates (heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc.). However, it has no effect on Ecstasy.

  12. Hi Kelly. There are currently no pharmacological treatments for dependence on Molly, and no specific treatment either. The most effective treatments for Molly abuse and addiction are cognitive behavioral interventions. This type of treatments help a Molly user modify his thoughts and behaviors, in order to avoid future relapse. They basically work on uncovering the reasons why he started using Molly, and teach him tricks for avoiding situations that remind him of the things that trigger use.

  13. Recently found out my pretty perfect child is addicted to Molly. Never saw this coming..ever! Great student..athlete. He says he uses a few times per week. What’s the best treatment plan for success???

  14. Hi Trinity. Addiction to Molly (or any other drug) is addressed by both detoxing the body from drug dependency (if present) and then addressing the psycho-emotional disorders which compel drug use in the first place. Addiction is a body-mind condition, and can require treatment of both the physical aspects of drug dependence and the compulsive nature of thinking in order to be successful.

  15. im doing a project for school on this drug and was wondering how people who are addicted to it can become un addicted?

  16. Hello, I’m currently addictive to MDMA, and I try to stop, my body can’t function right, my whole body feel shaking, even though I sit still , but feel like moving, how can i stop that without using MDMA, PLEASE help.

  17. Molly is everything that is said here.I was a heavy cocaine user clean for 15 years.Ended up at the wrong party,wrong people,and there you go.Relapsing back into the cocaine until wiping out all my savings and left penniless.With no place to turn i was told about molly.I tried it and felt the same affects as cocaine,but much cheaper.Six months straight now 300 to 1000 a week i,m sure i am not chemcial addicted,but without a doubt,psychology is over consuming.How doe,s one stop when the brain wants more.I feel great when i do this.But i am destroying myself,my marriage,my job and so on.HOW DO YOU DETOX THAT?

  18. Love this stuff. I get it pure from someone I trust. Yet even after the first time it made me feel better than anything and no drug,alcohol,etc. compares. Just made me happy. And in response to other things people have said,no it doesn’t give you sexual desires or anything the media tries to say. Just makes you really happy but it is mentally addictive for sure. I dont abuse it but could see there’s a thin line. Be safe everyone:)

  19. I only snort Molly. I crush it up into powder and use a cut up straw or rolled up dollar to get it. I’ve never came across any signs of addiction. I worry more about overdosing than becoming “addicted”, actually. Coming off of it usually isn’t that bad for me. If you’re seriously “suffering” and feeling awful the next day… Just soak in a hot bath, drink fluids and pay $25 for an hour massage or whatever at your local salon. (if you can afford molly, you should be able to afford a massage) All in all… I personally think doing MDMA is a wonderful experience, every time. Doing this drug shouldn’t be frowned on. Did some last night… will probably do some more tonight.

  20. I am just coming out of a long-term relationship with someone who was addicted to Molly for years..It was a vicious cycle…2 weeks sober, 1-2 weeks on a Molly bender. No sleep, no food, not working, blowing all our $…Everything took a back seat to that artificial feeling. There were times (especially at the beginning when I didn’t know the extent of the problem) that i would do it with him. It felt great at first for the first 1-3 pills…But then the depression and mental instability kicks in and makes you feel like someone you’ve never felt like. My using it stopped when I had an OD on it. Yes, it is possible. And it is f&!&ing scary. Worst part is you remember the entire thing.

  21. Hi nanee. Molly (MDMA) has been show in research studies to increase sexual desire and feelings of euphoria – extreme well being. But the crash afterwards can be rough and dysphoric – feeling of great dissatisfaction with life.

  22. Hello Jake. You’ve got to treat the underlying psychological and emotional issue which compel you to get high if you want a shot a long term sobriety. See a psychologist and get honest.

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