Phencyclidine, more commonly known as PCP, is a drug that was initially manufactured as a surgical anesthetic developed in the early 1900s and patented in the 50s. Its effects are trance-like, and patients experience hallucinogenic feelings of being “out of body” or detached from their environment. Use of PCP often results in agitated, delusional, and irrational behavior.
PCP turns up on the illicit drug market in a variety of tablets, capsules, and colored powders. PCP can be snorted, smoked, injected, or swallowed and is most commonly sold as a powder or liquid applied to a leafy material such as mint, parsley, oregano, tobacco, or marijuana. Many people who use PCP may do it unknowingly because PCP is often used as an additive.
PCP is extremely addicting. Its repeated use often leads to psychological dependence, craving, and compulsive PCP-seeking behavior.
At high doses, PCP can cause hallucinations as well as seizures, coma, and death (death generally occurs as a result of accidental injury or suicide during use). Other side effects of PCP include nausea, blurred vision, vomiting, drooling, loss of balance, flicking up and down of the eyes, and dizziness. High doses can also lead to schizophrenia, delusions, paranoia, disordered thoughts, a feeling of distance from one’s environment, and catatonia.
When PCP is mixed with other depressants, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines (bezos), it has serious potential to lead to coma or overdose. PCP users are frequently brought to the emergency room because of the drug’s psychological effects or due to overdose. In hospitals, PCP users can become violent or show suicidal tendencies. PCP users can be extremely dangerous to themselves and others.
PCP addiction treatment is available for those who suffer from chronic abuse or addiction. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is commonly used to deal with and reduce the psychological effects following detoxification.
Call now if you or a loved one is suffering from PCP addiction and/or abuse. Our supportive team is here to help. We can discuss your individual situation and can help get you placed in a drug treatment center that meets your individual needs.