Addiction is a powerful disease that affects people all over the world. It is recognized as a disease because it is chronic, progressive and deadly. It can be overcome with help, and a recovering addict can go on to lead a productive, healthy, happy life.
Some people believe that hallucinogens are not addictive, but the reality is that any drug that is mood or mind-altering can be addictive. People most often do drugs to change the way that they feel, and when they achieve that goal they often want to experience it again, and again.
When a person compulsively and obsessively seeks out a drug to alter their perception, mood or reality, they are displaying addictive behavior, and over time may find that they are unable to control this behavior on their own. A person caught in the grips of addiction may not realize that he or she has a problem, making getting help more difficult.
What Is PCP?
PCP is the common name given for phencyclidine, a synthetic hallucinogen that was created in the 1920’s and used in the 1950’s as an anesthetic but discontinued due to its detrimental effects. It was made a schedule 2 drug not long after.
It gained popularity in the 1960’s and 1970’s for its hallucinogenic and euphoric effects, and although its use peaked in the late 70’s, it is a drug that is still in use today.
PCP can be snorted, smoked or ingested. It may come in a liquid or powder form and can be pressed into capsules. Sometimes people use the liquid to dip paper and cigarettes in.
One of the many dangers of PCP is that it can be inadvertently used because people may dip cigarettes in it, or mix it in with other drugs such as marijuana or MDMA.
The effects of PCP on a user can include:
- Drowsiness or relaxation
- Dissociation, feelings of not being in reality or being detached from yourself or the world around you.
- Visual and auditory hallucinations
- Delusional thinking.
- Confusion, disorientation.
- Paranoid thoughts
- Decreased sensitivity and awareness of pain
Signs Of PCP Abuse
A person who has ingested PCP may display bizarre or even hostile behavior. PCP is a powerful drug and depending on the amount used and the way it was used a person can stay “high” for up to 24 hours. PCP is a dissociative drug that can render the user completely unaware of their behavior and actions.
There are numerous dangers when using PCP. Overdose is possible. Mixing other drugs with PCP increases that risk. Sadly, people may ingest and overdose on PCP not even knowing that they have used the drug, because someone has tampered with another drug or even a cigarette or a drink.
When a person is under the influence of PCP they don’t have a real good handle on reality. They may lose awareness of reality and may become oblivious to risks, gravity and obvious dangers. They can easily get hurt or even die by trying to climb, jump or swim. Accidental deaths or even accidental killings have resulted from PCP use, as well as self-mutilation and suicide.
Violent behavior is a risk when using PCP, however this is not necessarily a common occurrence. It has generally been found that persons who commit violent acts while under the influence of PCP were already violent or suffer from additional mental health issues.
While PCP isn’t physically addictive, a person can become psychologically addicted to the euphoria and dissociation that comes with the drug. If you or someone you love has become addicted to PCP or any other type of drug, help is available.
Rehab For PCP Addiction
As with any other drug addiction, PCP can be devastating. Every time a person uses the drug, they run the risk of overdose or injury or death as a result of the symptoms of the drug. In addition, addiction itself is devastating because it interferes with a person living their life. You become consumed with obtaining and using the drug and lose interest in your friends, family and anything else that does not revolve around the drug.
Fortunately, treatment can help. By getting away from the using environment and allowing your mind and body to heal, you allow space and time to develop new, healthy habits and coping skills needed to learn how to live without resorting to drugs to feel good. Treatment helps thousands of people every year, and it can help you, too.
How To Find Treatment
If you are in need of treatment for PCP addiction, Need Rehab can help. Need Rehab works with and recommends only the best treatment centers and can connect you with the treatment that is best for you. Call 877-798-2907 today to get help and get your life back.