Sometimes people confuse PCP use for PCP addiction (and this mistake happens among all addictive substances). Addiction is marked by the presence of PCP withdrawal symptoms as a result of a lapse from use of PCP, or other addictive substances. However, since PCP is not physically addictive, it can be more difficult to discern PCP use and abuse from an actual cause of PCP addiction.
Even though PCP is not physically addictive, many become mentally and psychologically addicted to the substance. Identifying PCP addiction comes down to the frequency of use and the intent of use. Addictive behavior is marked by taking PCP in response to stress, or as a crutch to feel “normal.” Many take addictive substances to feel “normal” because their bodies require a certain chemical in their drug of choice to avoid withdrawal- but PCP does not have that physical component. Instead, those addicted to PCP will need to take the drug continually to feel mentally stable.
In cases of PCP addiction chronic mood disorders form, which may cause users to seek out PCP to avoid those effects. Because PCP permanently damages both serotonin and dopamine receptors users may become dependent on PCP to feel fulfilled- which is considered a soft form of physical dependence to some, as chronic conditions will impede everyday performance.
Symptoms of PCP Addiction
Identifying the symptoms of PCP addiction is important to identify early on, as to avoid the permanent mental damage PCP causes. Because there will not be physical signs of addiction, one must look to behavioral changes and queues to indicate an addiction to PCP (or perhaps another class of hallucinogen). The signs of PCP addiction are as follows below:
Mild to Severe Depression
Sensitivity to Light, Sound, Touch
Unusual Distancing from Emotions
Feeling of Invincibility
Physical Signs of PCP Addiction
Although PCP does not cause physical addiction, the substance still causes adverse physical effects while present in the blood stream, including:
Rapid Heart Rate
Seizures without a History
Insensitivity to Pain
Memory Loss or Impairment
Psychological Signs of PCP Addiction
PCP is mainly a substance affecting the psychological spectrum for chronic users, which makes identifying possible symptoms of PCP addiction easier to identify. The psychological signs of PCP addiction include:
Behavioral Signs of PCP Addiction
Because of the many psychological effects of PCP, those afflicted with PCP addiction may exhibit the following behaviors which may be abnormal from their typical personalities and penchants:
Irrational Fits of Paranoia
Getting treatment for PCP use disorders sooner rather than later is critical for avoiding the permanent health detriments of PCP use disorders. For immediate help with PCP use disorders call Harbor Village today! Those undergoing PCP addiction treatment do not have to go through the painful process of withdrawal, as PCP does not establish a physical dependence in the body.
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