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All About Phencyclidine, Also Known As PCP

Unlike the effects of opiates and stimulants, hallucinogen drugs produce “out-of-body” type experiences. As one of the more commonly known hallucinogens, PCP’s effects leave users in a dissociated state for hours at a time.

PCP, an acronym designed for 1-(1-phenylcyclohexyl) piperidine, can produce unusual effects regardless of whether or not a person is under the influence of the drug. In the case of PCP addiction, these behaviors tend to increase in frequency the longer a person continues to use.

PCP triggers the release of serotonin chemicals in the brain. Serotonin, a primary neurotransmitter, plays a central role in regulating sensory perception and pain sensations with individual brain cells secreting needed amounts on an “as needed” basis. With PCP addiction, serotonin levels reach an increasingly unbalanced state.

The extent to which PCP impairs your loved one’s ability to function will determine whether he or she needs PCP addiction help.

PCP Usage

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If your loved one is struggling to stop using PCP know that help is available!

While PCP can be injected, smoked and/or taken orally in pill form, smoking is the most common form of use. Injection brings about the most intense effects with smoking and oral use producing milder effects. Smoking produces a near immediate “high” that can last for up to six hours.

According to the California Journal of Emergency Medicine, dosage amounts as small as one milligram can bring about massive changes in brain chemical levels. In the process, these effects can severely compromise a person’s cognitive and emotional well-being. When used on a frequent basis, the overall breakdown in a person’s ability to manage everyday life affairs points to the need for PCP addiction help.

PCP “High” Effects

PCP’s effects can vary depending on the mood a person is in as well as the environment in which he or she uses. At any given time, users can overdose on the drug due to its unpredictable effects. This element of danger makes it all the more important for users to get needed PCP addiction help.

Like most hallucinogens, PCP can produce both depressant and stimulant effects with serotonin secretions offsetting other vital neurotransmitter outputs, according to the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Effects from a PCP “high” may take the form of –

  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Tactile hallucinations
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Paranoid thinking
  • Delusions of grandeur
  • Disconnection from immediate surroundings
  • Skewed thinking processes

Behavioral Indicators

Behavioral signs of PCP addiction can be hard to miss since the drug’s effects tend to persist even after the “high” effect wears off. Dosage amounts used have a considerable influence on the types of behaviors displayed.

Behaviors brought on by large dosage amounts of five to 10 milligrams may include –

  • A catatonic state
  • Ongoing paranoia
  • Hallucination episodes
  • Ongoing agitation

In low dose amounts addicts exhibit the following behaviors on an ongoing basis –

  • Staring
  • Strange movements of the eyes
  • A sedated state
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dizziness

Lifestyle Changes

Over time, PCP addiction turns into a way of life that revolves around drug-using behaviors. At this point, loved ones view PCP as a mean for coping with daily life stressors. Ultimately, a PCP addiction drives users to abandon any area of life that doesn’t cater to getting and using the drug.

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