PCP is a synthetic drug sold as tablets, capsules or as a white or colored powder. It’s typically snorted, smoked or eaten, and its effects last from four to six hours. A dissociative drug, meaning it distorts perceptions of sight and sound and produced feelings of detachment, PCP users can also experience several unpleasant psychological effects, including delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking and extreme anxiety.
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Signs of PCP Addiction
Physical dependence to PCP is less likely to happen, which makes it more prevalent. PCP is a dissociative drug that means the sight and sound of the user can become distorted. The person feels more disconnected from their body, surroundings people, environment, etc. The person may also have intense feelings of power, invincibility and strength. Someone using PCP may even display certain physical complications and emotional turmoil.
Mood Symptoms of PCP
- Psychological cravings
- Continued use of PCP despite awareness
- Sedation or feeling overly calm
- Mood swings
- Intense anger
Behavioral Symptoms of PCP Abuse
- Using high dosage of the drug on more frequent basis.
- Unsuccessful attempts to reduce the doses.
- The individual spends a lot of time using, recovering and obtaining the drug.
- Inability to fulfill life responsibilities
- Neglecting important activities
- Loss of important relationships
- Unusual behavior
- Social withdrawal
- Consequences of drug intoxication
- Physical fights
- Daily physiological problems
- Tolerance to drugs
- Slurred speech
- Blank, wall-eyed stare
- Tachycardia Muscle spasms
- Lung secretions
- Inability to make decision
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty paying attention
Effects of PCP Addiction
Abusers continue to use PCP due to the feelings of strength, power and invulnerability, as well as its numbing effect on the mind. People who have abused PCP for long periods of time have reported memory loss, difficulties with speech and thinking, depression and weight loss. These symptoms can persist up to one year after stopping PCP use.
PCP abuse can have several side effects depending upon a person to person. However, the severity and longevity of these side effects is dependent on the amount of the drug consumed over a prolonged period of time. These are some of the physical and mental side effects of PCP addiction:
Short Terms Effects of PCP
- Feelings of detachment
- Blank stare
- Suicidal tendencies
- Schizophrenia type behavior
Long Term Effects of PCP Abuse
- Sensory distortions
- Illogical speech
- Blurred vision
- Analgesia (inability to feel pain)
- Respiratory failure
- Memory loss
- Speech impairment
- Memory loss
Unfortunately, some of the given long-term effects can last many years even after you stop using the drug. Most of them are even irreparable and some of those may go ahead to take the life of the addict. In addition, the physical and psychological issues created by PCP abuse, the relational aspect of the person’s life is also touches. Friends and family are also adversely affected, so the professional opportunities that may result in the loss of job and income.