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All About Phencyclidine, Also Known As PCP

Abusing phencyclidine or PCP has many consequences. It can ruin your relationships, make you lose your job, cause irreparable damage to your life, and even take it away. PCP is one of the most dangerous drugs of abuse, and the consequences of taking it are numerous.

PCP Addiction

According to the NIDA, “PCP is addictive––its repeated abuse can lead to craving and compulsive PCP-seeking behavior, despite severe adverse consequences.” Those who become addicted to PCP will see the drug take over their lives. There is also a possibility for tolerance to build in those who abuse PCP regularly. The individual may spend their entire time abusing PCP searching for the high they originally experienced.

In addition, PCP addiction can cause:

pcp dangers

PCP is a dangerous drug that can cause significant psychological distress.

  • PCP dependence where you do not feel normal without taking PCP
  • PCP withdrawal symptoms which, according to the NHTSA, “can last up to a year after cessation of use” if the individual has been taking the drug regularly for a long time. These are:
    • Physical distress
    • Lack of energy
    • Depression
    • Memory loss
    • Difficulty with speech and thinking
    • Depression
    • Weight loss
  • Work problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Legal problems
  • Monetary problems
  • Reduction in life satisfaction

Physical Consequences of PCP Abuse

PCP abuse also has physical consequences that can be problematic. Some of the most common of these are:

  • Vomiting
  • Amnesia
  • Speech problems such as stuttering
  • Excessive salivation
  • Seizures
  • Coma

PCP can also cause the body temperature of the abuser to become very high. This will cause them to sweat but also experience chills. PCP causes “slow, shallow, and irregular breathing” which can become dangerous, and the experience of muscle rigidity is common among individuals who abuse the drug (CESAR).

Behavioral and Psychological Consequences of PCP Abuse

The most dangerous consequences of abusing PCP are usually those that are caused by the drug’s psychological effects and the subsequent behavior of the individual. For example, PCP causes a person to become very hostile, violent, paranoid, and anxious. This can lead to toxic psychosis which “may appear in chronic users who do not have a prior history of psychiatric disturbances’ (CESAR). A person’s thinking will become delusional and they will often experience auditory hallucinations.

Another dangerous consequence of PCP abuse is caused by how people abuse the drug. Many individuals abuse PCP in what are called runs or two to three days of abuse where the person does not eat or sleep. Then they will crash and sleep for a prolonged period of time. This often occurs around four times a month, and those who do it are under immense danger of risky behavior or doing something they may regret.

Other consequences that often result from the psychological and behavioral effects of PCP are:

  • Violent episodes
    • Getting into a dangerous altercation and even committing homicide
  • Impaired memory
  • Flashback episodes like those LSD users experience
  • Chronic anxiety and/or depression
  • Suicide and suicide attempts
  • Withdrawal from society and isolation

PCP abuse has numerous consequences, many of which can lead to jail or prison time, memory and cognitive problems, and causing irreparable harm to oneself or others. Knowing these consequences is important as PCP is one of the most dangerous, life-altering drugs of abuse existing today.

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