PCP Addiction

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What is PCP addiction?

PCP is short for phenylcyclohexyl piperidine, the chemical name for phencyclidine, and is also known as angle dust and wack. Originally tested as a surgical anaesthetic after World War II, the use of PCP in medicine was stopped in the 1960s due to its adverse side effects. PCP is a white crystalline powder that is readily soluble but is also available as a tablet. It can be snorted, orally ingested or smoked, and is commonly added to cannabis joints to intensify the effects of marijuana as a combination known as super-grass or killer joint.  PCP is a one of the most dangerous drugs around. It’s dissociative, distorting perceptions of sight and sound, and producing feelings of detachment from the environment and self. This can be a very frightening experience for the user. Although the primary effects of the drug lasts for a few hours, its elimination rate from the body can extend to 8 days or more. PCP is extremely addictive; its repeated use can led to craving despite the drug’s severe negative consequences.

Signs, symptoms and risks of PCP addiction

Low dosage use of PCP is characterized by bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and unsteadiness. More seriously, PCP has extremely damaging, unpredictable and disturbing effects on users. PCP users can become violent with crazy reactions. They can even go into a kind of living nightmare. PCP addicts can have schizophrenic- type symptoms, such as delusions, hallucinations and paranoia. Long-term use can result in memory loss, difficulties with thinking, suicidal ideation, and depression. PCP abuse can result in overdose, coma and death, although death is more often a result of accidental injury or suicide during PCP intoxication. The horrific effects of PCP can be triggered later in life by stress and heat from exercise. The long term effects of PCP are directly related to its chemical nature. The by-products of the drug in the body are stored in fatty cells and other tissues. These by-products can re-trigger years after when the person least expects it. The nightmare can return.

Treating PCP addiction

Initial treatment of PCP requires a total detoxification of the body’s fat cells in a safe, medically-controlled environment.  Inpatient rehab treatment that includes a range of therapy and counselling is considered the best approach to PCP addiction and relapse prevention. At Addiction Helper, we’ll help you find the right rehab centre for your circumstances, and provide you and your family with all the support you need.