A pattern of maladaptive use of Molly that leads to significant distress in the individual and/or significant issues with everyday functioning
Frequent strong urges to use Molly in various situations, such as stressful situations, situations where the individual is happy, situations where the individual is socializing, etc.
Using the drug in situations where it is dangerous to do so
Giving up important activities as a result of MDMA CRYSTAL use
Failing to fulfill important obligations as a result of Molly use
The development of significant tolerance to Molly
Even though the person has formally stated they wish to stop or cut down on their use of MDMA, they cannot do so.
The person spends significant amounts of time trying to get MDMA, using it, or recovering from its use.
The person continues to use MDMA CRYSTAL even though its use results in significant issues with their job, personal relationships, school, and/or other important areas.
- A cycle of increased energy, sociability, talkativeness, etc., followed by periods of withdrawal, depression, etc.
- Periods of increased sociability and increased energy accompanied by extreme talkativeness and dilated pupils
- Periods of increased energy and becoming overheated very quickly in crowds
- Periods of hyperactivity and insomnia followed by periods of increased need for sleep and low energy
- The person may initially be placed in an inpatient treatment program or similar program that can isolate them from potential bad influences and help them focus on the early stages of their recovery. This can also be quite useful to help the person overcome the early “crash” that often occurs in individuals who have chronically abused Molly. Individuals in an inpatient treatment program should have access to a physician-assisted withdrawal management program that is monitored by an addiction medicine physician or addiction psychiatrist in addition to therapists and caseworkers. In some cases, an intensive outpatient treatment program can be used in place of an initial residential program.
- The main component of any recovery program is substance use disorder therapy. This can be delivered in a number of ways as long as the approach adheres to empirically validated principles of substance use disorder treatment and is also tailored to meet the specific needs of the person in recovery. Therapy should begin right when the individual enters recovery and continue after any withdrawal management treatment. Options include:
Support group participation, such as participation in 12-Step groups or other social support groups, can be extremely beneficial. Support groups are not formal therapy even though individuals may believe that their participation in these groups is “therapeutic.” Social support group participation is compatible with all forms of substance use disorder therapy and enhances the effects of therapy.