PCP is an addictive, illegal drug. PCP is a commonly abused hallucinogen and may cause one with an untreated substance use disorder may mental health afflictions. Because PCP is not physically addictive the drug sometimes lulls users into a false sense of security, and ensnares them in an unsuspecting psychological dependence. Those who become addicted to PCP often suffer from denial and do not quickly get the help they need to overcome their addiction, because many do not feel PCP use is a big deal. On the contrary, extended use of PCP is the cause of many anxiety, social, and paranoid disorders.
The effects of PCP are largely felt by the one directly suffering from the disorder, immediate family members, and friends. Because the effects of PCP are largely psychological, those suffering from an untreated substance use disorder will often act out in ways unfamiliar to their usual character. Their personalities may appear to “change” overnight.
The Effects of PCP on Personal Relationships
PCP may adversely influence relationships with your friends and family. Those under the influence of PCP for long periods of time may suffer from flashbacks, delirium, and general confusion- making interacting with them nearly impossible. Luckily, these effects are typically only present while PCP is running through the bloodstream, which can last as long as 12 hours.
The Effects of PCP on the Brain
PCP, alike most hallucinogens, have an adverse effect on the brain, which may become permanent without PCP addiction treatment, or continued use of PCP. The neurotransmitters directly affected by PCP include dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and NMDA receptors- affecting glutamate.
How Long Until the Effects of PCP Set In?
A hit of PCP can take a few minutes to be felt, and lasts for several hours (11-51). The problem with PCP consumption stems from its free ranging creation. In essence, PCP is illegal, therefore the manufacture of PCP is not allowed, but still occurs unregulated. One batch of PCP may vary wildly from the next. Overdosing on PCP is possible, and made easier by abusing PCp in combination with other substances which may be laced into PCP solutions without users being aware.
Is PCP Addiction A Disease?
Absolutely! It's commonly believed addiction to hallucinogens don't count as actual addictions because the physical dependence factor isn't as strong when compared to other addictive substances, like opiates. But this could not be farther from the truth! Akin to other substance use disorders, PCP use disorders cause physical and mental damage when left untreated, meriting the condition as a bonafide disease. During the withdrawal process one who is addicted to PCP will have adverse reactions which will haunt them for the duration of treatment, if left unattended by a medical professional. The simple presence of PCP withdrawal symptoms of enough to validate PCP addiction as a disease.
Now, not all users who abuse PCP suffer from the disease of a substance use disorder, but those who do not keep their use in-check prep themselves for developing the chronic disorder. Remember: those who are addicted to PCP began as PCP abusers.
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