Phencyclidine, or PCP, was originally intended and used as an intravenous anesthetic. PCP is a synthetic dissociative drug, meaning that it makes you feel detached from yourself and distorts your sensory perceptions. It was discontinued from legal medicinal uses because patients suffered from hallucinations and delirium.
PCP is illegal to use, buy or sell in the United States. However it is manufactured illegally and sold as a liquid, powder, crystal or tablet. Of all the available forms of PCP, white powder or liquid are the most commonly used. PCP is ingested, injected, smoked or snorted. It is also often added to other drugs such as marijuana joints or nicotine cigarettes and called “dippers” or “love boats.” Marijuana joints laced with PCP are also called “killer joints,” “super grass,” “wets,” “waters,” “lovelies” and “fry.” PCP is also sometimes mixed with 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, MDMA, or ecstasy. This is sometimes marketed as “elephant flipping” or “Pikachu.”
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 1.3 million Americans over the age of 12 used hallucinogens in the month before the survey in 2013. The young adult population seems to use PCP most frequently. The Monitoring the Future (MTF) study in 2014 found that 0.8 percent of 12th graders had abused PCP at some point in their lifetime.
PCP has both negative short and long term side effects associated with its use. PCP interferes with the neurotransmitter called glutamate that is responsible for perceptions of pain and the surrounding environment, as well as memory and learning. Dopamine and serotonin are responsible for mood regulation, behavior, and pleasure and they are are also affected by PCP abuse. PCP disrupts the brain’s natural chemicals and alters the “reward” circuitry. The effects of PCP use on the body are wide-ranging, hard to predict and impact a majority of the body’s systems.
If someone you know is addicted to PCP, you probably already know how dangerous of a situation they are in. PCP is a strong, powerful hallucinogen that does significant and even permanent damage to the brain, nervous system and body. The safest path for someone addicted to PCP is to get help in a structured environment like PCP addiction treatment.
While some drug addicts make a choice to enter rehab, it’s often a family member or loved one that play a key role in helping the addict get into treatment. When addicted to drugs, the user’s ability to make good decisions is often clouded because supplying the addiction is the brain’s focus. A friend or loved one often becomes a transformative factor that introduces alternatives such as PCP addiction treatment.
If you or your loved one is abusing PCP, PCP addiction and infection treatment is available. Drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms are usually best managed through a medical detox process in a specialized facility offering 24/7 medical care. Medications can even be used to smooth the process. Evidence-based treatment models include the most current scientific research as well as clinical experience and personal preferences in order to determine the best PCP treatment options for each unique circumstance. Behavioral therapies have been found to be effective in reversing negative behavior patterns and boosting positive self-images and self-esteem.
New Life offers a safe and luxurious environment where treatment for PCP addiction takes place in tranquil accommodations with various amenities and offerings. Group, individual, and family therapy and counseling sessions are all vital parts of PCP addiction treatment. Physical and emotional balance are restored with nutritious diet plans and numerous recreational, educational and peer support group opportunities. PCP infection treatment is also available. Call (855) 658-0035 for a free assessment of your PCP treatment options. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.