Phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP, is a synthetic hallucinogen that causes those who use it to feel disconnected from their body and the world around them.
More than 75,000 emergency room visits in 2011 were due to PCP use, an increase of 400% compared to 2005, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The majority of the visits (69%) were male patients, and 64% of all of the visits were persons ages 18-34.
PCP is fast-acting, with most users who inhale or inject the drug experiencing symptoms within 2 to 5 minutes, and those who take it orally experiencing symptoms within 30 to 60 minutes. PCP is a dangerous and addictive substance, and many people need help to overcome a problem with PCP abuse or addiction. Users of PCP also run the risk of negative PCP effects or even a PCP overdose, which can result in severe health complications, including death.
If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to PCP, The Phoenix Recovery Center are here to help. We offer carefully tailored, research-based PCP addiction treatment programs that can help you through PCP withdrawal and into recovery. Read on to learn more about PCP and our treatments for PCP addiction.