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PCP & Ketamine

Street Names:


  • Ketamine: Ketalar SV: cat Valiums, K, Special K, vitamin K
  • PCP and analogs: phencyclidine: angel dust, dummy dust, zombie, boat, hog, love boat, peace pill, superweed


General Information:

PCP is a “dissociative anesthetic” that gained popularity as abused drug in the 1960’s and no longer is legally available in the US. It is often smoked with cocaine (“space-basing”) or marijuana (“primos”).

Ketamine is used clinically (mostly in veterinary offices) and still marketed in the US.

How do PCP and Ketamine work?

The Thalamus is a structure in the brain that “filters” signals from all of our senses and body areas. It enables us to focus on “important” sensations and we are not overwhelmed by the millions of signals that our body and senses transmit to the brain every second of the day (such as the noise of a car driving by or the feeling of wind on our skin).

PCP and Ketamine block a receptor on the Thalamus that regulates this “filter” which causes all of the signals from our senses and body to flow into our awareness, unfiltered. This is called “sensory overflow”.

Signs of Intoxication:

The sensory overflow described above may cause severe panic attacks, aggression and violence. PCP intoxication is also characterized by the feeling of “invulnerable strength” which frequently leads to violence and physical conflicts involving law enforcement. There is dissociation from reality, which is the reason why PCP users cannot be “talked down”.

Other signs of PCP and Ketamine use include an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, impaired motor function, memory loss, numbness, nausea and vomiting.

Long Term Complications of Chronic Use (PCP & Ketamine)

Chronic PCP & Ketamine use may lead to depression & dysphoria, memory- and cognition problems, apathy, irritability and flashbacks.


The mainstay of treatment is psychotherapy and includes individual- and group counseling. There is no specific medication available that successfully treats PCP & Ketamine abuse and addiction.

If you feel that you (or a friend or family member) have problems with PCP or Ketamine, please call 661-878-9100 to schedule a consultation with an addiction counselor. At Synergy Lifestyle Center we combine various proven treatment methods to achieve the best possible results for our patients. Get treated by a board certified addiction specialist and certified addiction counselors. Click here to read more about our services.