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Jamie Foxx opens up about depression, drug and alcohol use

07-03-18 Category: Depression

Jamie Foxx opens up about depression, drug and alcohol use

Celebrities seem to have it all – fame, adulation and money. Still, they are not immune to temptations like addiction and other problems like mental illness. These days, a lot of them are making their struggles with addiction or mental problems public. The latest to join the list is Hollywood powerhouse Jamie Foxx. He recently revealed that he also dealt with his own demons in the past like many others. The 50-year-old actor, singer and songwriter has always strived to keep his personal life a secret; however, in a candid interview with Hip Hop Hollywood, he talked about his years of struggle with drugs, alcohol and depression.

In the past, Kanye West also opened up about his tryst with bipolar disorder and drugs. Foxx said he could relate with West. He said that like West, he too dealt with mental health issues since childhood and carried them into his adult life. He shared that he always feared losing his mind. He desperately wanted someone to rescue him from his negative thought process. He recalled an incident when he was 18 and at a college party. His drink was laced with PCP (phencyclidine) and after consuming it, he started having flashbacks. He struggled with the aftereffects for almost 11 months. He experienced the flashbacks again when he was 26 and then later at 32. He hasn’t had a flashback since then but fears that they might return. Recently, he also opened up about this at Oprah Winfrey’s show and shared how he was rushed to an emergency room after consuming PCP, when he went in coma and couldn’t move or speak at all.

Understanding side effects of PCP

Phencyclidine was developed several years ago as an intravenous anesthetic agent; however, it’s human use was discontinued because of some adverse effects like post-operative delirium, hallucinations and confusions. Today, it is used for its mind-altering effects. It is considered as a dissociative drug as it can lead to a feeling of detachment from oneself. PCP is available as tablets, capsules, crystals and colored powder. It can be taken orally, injected, smoked and even snorted. The effects of only 5 to 10 mg of the drug can last for up to four to eight hours, depending on the route of administration.

PCP is sold under different street names like angel dust, hog, wack, lovely, rocket fuel, etc. It is known to block the normal functioning of some of the brain chemicals like dopamine that generates a feeling of euphoria. It also disturbs glutamate which is responsible for modulating emotions, memory and pain. PCP is a central nervous system depressant (CNS). On interacting with other CNS depressants like benzodiazepines and alcohol, it can cause accidental overdosing and coma. Regular use of PCP can lead to numbness, slurred speech, disorientation, feeling of rush, as well as visual and auditory hallucinations. It might also lead to immobility, accidental injury, seizures, kidney failure, irregular heart rhythm and even death.

Road to recovery

PCP is a highly addictive substance. Uncontrollable cravings, painful withdrawal symptoms and drug-seeking behavior are some of the complexities associated with its use. Thus, one should get timely treatment for PCP addiction.

Sovereign Health realizes the condition of someone unable to stop the use of harmful substances like PCP despite realizing its consequences. Our PCP drug addiction treatment is customized for individual needs and provides holistic relief for long-lasting sobriety. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to PCP or any other substance, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our advisor to know more about our effective recovery programs at our reputed PCP rehab centers.

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