Snorting Molly

Snorting Molly

 

Molly is a street name for the drug MDMA, in its purest form.  Molly is also known as Ecstasy, “X,” “E,” and “XTC.”

MDMA can induce euphoria, a sense of intimacy with others, and diminished anxiety. Many studies, particularly in the fields of psychology and cognitive therapy, have suggested MDMA has therapeutic benefits and facilitates therapy sessions in certain individuals, a practice for which it had been formally used in the past. Clinical trials are now testing the therapeutic potential of MDMA for post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety associated with terminal cancer, and addiction.

MDMA is a psychoactive drug with a chemical structure similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. Ecstasy is an illegal drug that acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic, producing an energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from physical touch.

Legality and Criminality

Although some limited exceptions exist for scientific and medical research, Ecstasy remains a Schedule I drug meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and that there is a lack of accepted safety for use of MDMA.

One gram of MDMA (four Ecstasy pills at 250 mg per pill’s total weight regardless of purity, standard for Federal charges) is equivalent to one gram of heroin (approximately fifty doses) or 2.2 pounds (1.00 kg) of cannabis for sentencing purposes at the federal level.

Intoxicating Effects of Snorting Molly

The side effects from snorting Molly are similar to those when Ecstasy is taken in other forms and include difficulty concentrating, jaw clenching, grinding of the teeth, lack of appetite, and dry mouth and thirst.

The main differences between snorting Molly and eating it (swallowing it in what are called “parachutes” – MDMA powder wrapped in cigarette paper or toilet paper), are both the immediate physical sensation and intoxication level. Snorting Molly produces a burning sensation in the nostril(s). It also allows the intoxicating euphoric effects to hit more quickly. Eating Molly is different from snorting Molly in that it takes longer for the drug’s effects to kick in because it has to be ingested and then enter the bloodstream. However, by taking Molly by mouth, the effects are longer lasting than when snorting Molly.

After-effects/Withdrawal Symptoms from Snorting Molly

There are both psychological and physical after-effects from snorting Molly or from taking MDMA in any other form. The psychological effects include:

  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired attention, focus, and concentration, as well as drive and motivation (due to depleted serotonin levels)
  • Residual feelings of empathy, emotional sensitivity, and a sense of closeness to others (afterglow)

The physical effects include:

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or vertigo
  • Loss of appetite
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as diarrhea or constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Aches and pains, usually from excessive physical activity (e.g., dancing)
  • Exhaustion
  • Jaw soreness from clenching and grinding teeth

 

Furthermore, it is important to be aware that using MDMA, Molly, or Ecstasy can result in serious damage to bodily organs, which can ultimately cause death. These risks include Cardiac dysfunction, arrest, myocardial infarction, and/or heart failure, hemorrhage and/or stroke, severe hyperthermia, organ failure, loss of consciousness, renal failure, and coma.

 

 

 

Sources:

www.wikipedia.org

http://www.drugs.com

Fun Things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol

how to have fun on the fourth of july without alcohol

The 4th of July; the United States of America’s Independence Day. The 4th of July has become a tradition filled with barbeques, fireworks, and well, drinking, beer especially and maybe some sweet tea or lemonade. Either way, July 4th is the quintessential summer holiday for those looking for a reason to party right smack dab in the middle of the hottest and sunniest days of the year. Luckily, for those of us in recovery, while drinking may have been a part of our 4th of July tradition, there are fun things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol. For instance check out the list below!

  • Attend sober barbeques/parties
  • Attend festivities with sober supports, such as sober friends and/or your sponsor for accountability and support
  • Remember that you don’t have to attend every party that you’ve been invited to
  • Attend a 12 Step meeting that morning or during the day or that evening
  • Check your motives, make sure you are in a spiritually fit place, get input from people whom you trust, such as your sponsor
  • Do something different, start your own 4th of July tradition such as a deep-sea fishing trip, going to the amusement park, museums, art shows
  • Throw a party at your place and make it known to your guests that it’s a BYON-AB Party (Bring Your Own Non-Alcoholic Beverage)
  • Do volunteer work: help out at your local pet shelter, homeless shelter, nursing home, or hospital
  • Go to the beach either to hang out or to watch fireworks
  • Have a picnic
  • Go to the dog park! Dogs enjoy the 4th of July without alcohol too!
  • Go hiking, tour your local botanical garden, go boating, and learn to paddle board.
  • Maybe head over to the boardwalk, go wakeboarding, or lay out by the pool.
  • Run a 5k, 10k or half marathon
  • Go to a local sports event-baseball game.
  • Have a bonfire, make smores, camp!

All of these are fun things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol. If you find some of these things that are on the list of fun things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol are things you normally would do with alcohol either don’t do them and do something new, do them anyway and see how much fun they are, or do it with a bunch of sober friends.

The 4th of July doesn’t have to be about alcohol in fact it really shouldn’t be. The 4th of July is our Independence day and really what we are celebrating is the great freedom we have in getting to do something such as celebrate the 4th of July anyway we want! And if you are looking for fun things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol, well, it’s pretty much anything you want to do just minus the alcoholic beverages. Bonus of fun things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol is that you don’t wake up on the 5th with a hangover too. So get out there and enjoy your Independence; as a country and as a sober individual!

Ways To Have Fun in Recovery

Ways to have fun in recovery

Most people before they get sober think that recovery is going to be boring. They have no idea how to live life or really do anything without getting drunk or high; in fact getting drunk or high was half, if not all of the fun they would experience. So it really is an incomprehensible thought to be having fun in recovery without drugs and alcohol. Luckily, this is just a thought and there are many ways to have fun in recovery. When it really comes down to it having fun in recovery is less about what an individual doing and more about the way they feel inside and their attitude. The perception of an alcoholic or addict can really alter an experience so if you are having fun in recovery it is probably because of your perception and less about what you are doing, although, it is still good to have great ideas of what to do for fun in recovery.

Here are some ways to have fun in recovery:

Ways to have fun in recovery: Play!

Whether it is laser tag, paint ball, or a pickup game of basketball; playing is a great way to stay youthful, have fun and be sober all at the same time. Not to mention playing is a really great way to get exercise. You will be amazed at how much you laugh and how competitive you get when you play games sober and you will probably wonder why you hadn’t thought of it before.

Ways to have fun in recovery: Go downtown.

There are lots of things to do in your hometown besides drink or use drugs believe it or not. If you think there isn’t go and try to find all the spots there are that don’t involve alcohol at all. Another thing you could do is go get frozen yogurt or coffee with a friend and then find a bench and people watch. This is especially entertaining at night and can really give you some good laughs. Another great way to have fun in recovery people watching is to try and guess everyone’s story as they walk by based on who they are with, what they are wearing and the way they talk etc. You will be surprised at how it’s the little things that become the most fun in recovery.

Ways to have fun in recovery: Movie nights

This one is an obvious one. Whenever you are looking for a night of fun, invite all your friends over pick some movies. For instance you could do a scary movie theme, pop tons of popcorn, go buy some candy and scare each other silly. This could even turn into a sleep over or game night too if movies aren’t your thing. Once again you will be surprised at how much fun you have and how much you laugh.

When it comes to having fun in recovery it really is all about your attitude. A small and simple appreciation for the little things in life can make all the difference. Plus you don’t have to worry about waking up in the morning with a hangover or in withdrawal if you are having fun in sober. And that’s way more fun.