Have you ever heard of phencyclidine use disorder? Originally, this mental illness was listed in the DSM-5 (5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Simply put, people who suffer from PCP disorder experience severe psychological and physical problems as a result of using phencyclidine (PCP), better known as Angel Dust, or a related substance like ketamine (a veterinary tranquilizer). Although not as popular as it was in past decades, PCP does appear to be regaining momentum through the use of “fry”, what many critics have dubbed a “modern variety” of PCP. So, what makes this mental illness and case of drug use so dangerous? Let’s take a closer look and find out. Here is how you can identify the signs of PCP use disorder.
A Proper Diagnosis
To receive a full diagnosis for PCP use disorder, a person must have taken one or more types of this drug family (including ketamine) and experienced at least two of these symptoms:
- Taking an extremely dangerous quantity of PCP
- Attempting to cut back on PCP only to start using again
- Spending great amounts of time and money to get PCP
- Suffering from severe cravings
- Falling behind schedule and performing poorly at school, work, or social venues
- Taking PCP in harmful situations
- Taking PCP despite current knowledge that it is bad
- Developing a tolerance for PCP and related drugs
A Tricky Situation
Part of what makes PCP such a dangerous drug is its ability to render a user 100% helpless. After consumption, a person will feel separated from their body and mind and may suffer from out-of-body experiences. In severe cases, victims will suffer a k-hole (also a term for a ketamine overdose), which borders between intoxication and coma. In this state, users have reported astral projection, alien encounters, and other bizarre extrasensory trips.
However, the most notorious use for PCP is rape and sexual assault. Potential rapists will use this drug to render their victims helpless, making PCP a very popular “date rape drug.”
Seeking Treatment for PCP Use Disorder
PCP is a highly dangerous drug that can put your physical and mental health at risk, possibly making you the victim of violent crimes and sexual assault. Always remember, losing control of your mind and body is not the correct avenue for healing. Having a shoulder to lean on and a program to help you find peace is the best way to go. Are you suffering from hallucinogen abuse or have a friend or loved one who is frequently using these dangerous drugs? If either case is true and you are frightened for your well-being (and those of your loved ones), get in touch with Asana Recovery today.
Our team of professional counselors and healthcare experts are prepared to guide you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and lead you through a successful rehabilitation. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way.
Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.