PCP Addiction Treatment

Phencyclidine (PCP) is a highly potent and addictive street drug.  PCP abuse can produce dangerous, at time fatal side effects. For that reason, PCP treatment can literally be a matter of life and death.

PCP is known by a number of different street names:  Angel Dust, PeaCe Pill, Hog, Lovely, Wack, Ozone, Dust, Embalming Fluid, Rocket Fuel, Supergrass and Killer. It is classified as a hallucinogen. Other hallucinogens include LSD, mescaline, DMT and Ketamine. These drugs alter thought, moods and perception.

PCP is a white powder that can be snorted or dissolved in liquids. One popular method of ingestion is to spray the liquid onto marijuana leaves and smoke it as a joint. (A joint treated with PCP is often referred to as a “dipper.”) It is also available in pill and tablet form. How one takes the drug dictates how soon they will react to it. When smoked, users may begin to feel the effects in as little as five minutes. It may take as long as an hour to feel the effects when it is taken in pill or tablet form. The DEA classifies PCP as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act meaning it is considered to have a strong potential for abuse or PCP drug addiction.

Effects Of PCP Abuse

According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research “PCP disrupts functioning of receptors for the neurotransmitter glutamate, which plays a major role in the perception of pain as well as in learning, memory, and emotion. It also influences the actions of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which causes the euphoria associated with drug use.”

Users feel a sense of detachment from their surroundings. It also causes slurred speech, a loss of coordination and a feeling of numbness. Other symptoms of PCP intoxication include:

  • Blurred vision and constricted pupils
  • Dizziness
  • Blank staring
  • Slow, shallow and irregular breathing
  • Salivation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscular rigidity
  • Increased body temperature and sweating alternating with chills and shivering

PCP also produces a number of psychological and behavioral side effects. These include:

  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Paranoid thoughts
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Depression
  • Bizarre or hostile behavior
  • Grandiose delusions

At sufficiently high doses it can also cause seizures, coma, and death, making proper PCP abuse treatment absolutely imperative.

The drug was used recreationally in the 1960s and 1970s. It gained increased notoriety as PCP abuse became more widespread before usage began to decline in the 1980s. Unfortunately, the drug has seen a resurgence, especially among young adults and high school students. In 2010, there was an estimated 53,542 emergency department visits associated with PCP use, according to Drug Abuse Warning Network – more than a forty percent spike from just two years earlier.

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PCP Addiction Treatment

PCP can be addictive. Regular users develop a higher and higher tolerance for the drug and need ever-increasing quantities of it to achieve the desired effects. Withdrawal can produce a number of both physical and psychological side effects. The patient may experience increased body temperature, nausea, cramps, sweating, chills, stomach pain and seizures. These may be accompanied by psychological distress such as depression, agitation and paranoia.

For those reasons, treatment for PCP addiction treatment begins with detox. “Detox” comes from the word detoxification and it is the process by which the toxic substance is purged from the patient’s body. This is done under careful medical supervision as doctors carefully monitor the patient and treat those symptoms that emerge as the withdrawal process unfolds.

However, detox is just the first step on the road to recovery. Sovereign Health of Florida offers its patients a full range of additional treatment options.

PCP Treatment at Sovereign Health

To ensure effective treatment, each patient that enters our doors is given a full evaluation to identify anything that may be causing or contributing to their PCP addiction and to make sure they are given the best individualized treatment plan which accommodates their specific needs.

A patient may get PCP treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. In addition to residential treatment we offer both a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that both deliver effective, scientifically-proven and safe treatment outside of a 24/7 care environment. We are committed to treating patients with a range of evidenced-based therapies and equipping them with the life skills and tools they need to thrive and enjoy lasting recovery.

For more information about PCP addiction treatment please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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