Phencyclidine (PCP) was originally developed for human medical use but was discontinued due to the side effects of mania, delirium, and intense bouts of strength and anger. Similar to Ketamine (Special K), PCP is now an anesthetic used in veterinary medicine. PCP is a white powder that is smoked, snorted, or injected, and can range in color.
The effects of PCP often cause users to hallucinate with extreme feelings of anxiety, invulnerability, anger, a sense of false strength, detachment, and alienation from their environment. The physical symptoms of someone on PCP are slurred speech, a loss of coordination, involuntary eye movements, exaggerated fait, and their respiration becomes shallow.
PCP is very addictive, causing the user to have physical and psychological dependence, cravings, and compulsive behavior. When detoxing off of PCP the patients mental health and physical well-being are both addressed. PCP addicts need time for their brain to deal with the residual symptoms and side effects from the drug. Chronic PCP users should attend detox followed by residential rehab in order to avoid risk of seizures, comas, and central nervous damage. The withdrawal process can cause convulsions, depression, anger, mood swings, nausea, sweating, paranoia, chills, and pain.
The detox process from PCP can take anywhere from 5 days to a week and should be treated along side any mental health conditions the patient may have. Patients should attend drug treatment to assess their reasons for using the drug and confront their addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with PCP addiction please call The Florida House Detox at 888-342-1456