What is PCP (PhenylCyclohexyl Piperidine)?

PCP was developed in the 1950s to be used as an intravenous anesthetic. Soon after in 1965 the drug was discontinued because patients receiving PCP were experienced psychotic reactions. Today PCP is only manufactured illegally. Produced in liquid, powder or pill form. PCP is known on the street as Angel Dust, Hog, Rocket Fuel, DOA, Peace Pill.

The Effects of PCP

PCP can be eaten, snorted, injected or smoked. Its effects can be felt within two to five minutes of its first use. PCP disconnects the user from their environment. Distorting their perceptions of sight and sound, causing them to feel detached from reality. PCP causes the user to experience distortions of reality. The way in which PCP is taken can change the effects the user experiences as well as the length in time they last.


PCP was originally created as an anesthetic, however its effects were to mind altering for the patients to continue it treatment and it was discontinued. Today PCP is produces, sold and used illegally. People use PCP for recreational purposes, looking to take themselves from reality, detachment, and distort the way they experience sights and sounds. The high PCP produces can be addictive for those who enjoying the numbing effect PCP can have on the mind.

Developing a Tolerance, Physical and Psychological Dependency to PCP

PCP causes desired effects of feelings of euphoria, relaxation, numbness, sensory distortions, and feelings of detachment from one’s own body. This returns the user to the drug time and time again. As the frequency of its use increases so does the dose as a tolerance develops. With an increase dose and frequency of PCP use the user is at great risk of developing a physical and psychological dependency to the drug, resulting in withdrawal syndrome when abruptly stopping its use.

Signs of PCP Addiction

The repeated abuse of PCP can lead to craving and compulsive PCP-seeking behavior, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Users continues the use of PCP despite the knowledge of the severe adverse consequences it has on their health and other areas of their life, and the lives of those closest to them. A person addicted to PCP may exhibit the following signs:

  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Trouble in personal relationships
  • Difficulties at work or school
  • Financial distress
  • Legal Troubles
  • Poor hygiene
  • Health issues
  • Unable to stop the use of PCP without experiencing symptoms of withdrawal

Symptoms of PCP Withdrawal

  • Decreased Reflexes
  • Central Nervous System Damage
  • Seizures
  • Weight Loss
  • Memory Loss
  • Difficulties with Speech
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lack of Impulse Control

PCP Addiction Treatment

PCP addiction is overwhelming for the user and their friends and family. Its effects the brain in ways that makes it difficult to safely withdrawal on ones own. For people with PCP addictions to safely withdrawal they require entering into a treatment facility.

There they will be placed into a room with little sensory stimulation to detox from the chemicals and toxins related to PCP. A benzodiazepine medication can be given to control seizures or extremely agitated behavior. This will allow the patient to work through their physical addiction to PCP in a safe, secure and therapeutic environment.

Cognitive Therapy is important to help the patient to recognize and change the dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and routines associated with PCP abuse. They will receive one-on-one counseling to help work through their psychological addiction and to developing the key tools needed to maintain their sobriety.