PCP Abuse and Addiction

PCP is one of the strangest street drugs currently in circulation. It’s a bit odd, only in that most of the drugalogue/war stories one hears about the PCP and its effects are generally negative. More often than not, these narratives end with, “I’m never doing that shit again…” or “I don’t even want to try that stuff…” But naturally, negativity and horror-filled war stories never really stopped drug addicts from exploring new narcotics, so I’m afraid we’re still going to hear about the drug and its effects. Today, it is only occasionally used as an animal tranquilizer in legitimate cases.

PCP or phencyclidine is a crystalline synthetic illegal substance that offers anesthetic properties. PCP was originally developed as a surgical anesthetic under the name Sernyl in the 1950’s but was by no means used in medicine owed to bizarre and acutely negative side effects that included agitation, delusions and irrational thinking. PCP, a Schedule II controlled substance, creates its hallucinogenic effects as a NMDA receptor antagonist in the brain that impedes the activity of NMDA receptors in the brain and is notably more hazardous than other categories of hallucinogens, such as ketamine (“Special K”), nitrous oxide (“whippets”), tileamine, and the cough-suppressant dextromethorphan. Used recreationally, the anesthetizing effects of PCP, known on the streets as “angel dust,” “illy,” and “wet,” lead to a trance-like state throughout which people feel disconnected from their bodies and the atmosphere around them. Many people who use PCP report an impression as if they are surveying themselves from up above.

PCP may take the form of a tablet, capsule or colored powder. It is commonly bought on the streets as a powder or liquid it is administered by swallowing, snorting, smoking or injecting. The strong taste of PCP is masked by applying it to herbs such as the leaves of mint, oregano, parsley or tobacco. Sometimes PCP is applied to marijuana leaves to create a more potent effect. Many dip rolled cigarettes or joints into the liquid. Sadly, PCP is also an extremely addictive drug, which fosters the negative consequences connected with its use. Individuals who misuse PCP will build up a tolerance, and if they cease using, they may well encounter withdrawal symptoms. Phencyclidine is an unbelievably dangerous illegal drug, and that’s all there is to it…

PCP abuse can produce dangerous hallucinations along with highly aggressive behavior. Its earliest use was as an anesthetic, so it dulls pain as well. It may also give the user a feeling of invulnerability. When you put these characteristics simultaneously, the consequence can be a drug experience that is dangerous to others who are nearby, such as law enforcement or hospital personnel who need to deal with the person. Naturally, the effects can also be treacherous or deadly to the user himself. PCP users have been observed mutilating themselves and attacking others without any thought for injury to themselves. Euphoria, mood swings and intense anger all part of the PCP “buzz”. Delightful…

Other psychological symptoms include an inability to make decisions, amnesia, lack of motivation, difficulty paying attention and getting caught up in delusion to the point where the user believes that it’s reality all of the time. Lastly, PCP has a dangerously high level of co-occurring disorders, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, to the point where it’s difficult to tell if it’s the effect of the drug or the disorder itself.

It is possible to recover from PCP addiction. One of the most critical points of recovery is to remove the residual PCP from a person's body. It is known that PCP residues store in fatty tissues like marijuana and LSD residues. For both LSD and PCP, there is a chance that months or even years later, there can be a flashback to the effects of the drug. One phase of the overall drug rehab program that is performed near the beginning of the recovery, where a person spends time daily in a sauna, sweating freely. A very specific regimen of nutritional supplements and moderate exercise activate the body's ability to flush out drug toxins while sweating.

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