Phencyclidine (PCP) Addiction



Tom Smith

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What you will learn

  • PCP can induce hallucinations, delusions, and altered perceptions of reality.

What is Phencyclidine (PCP)?

PCP, or phencyclidine, is a powerful dissociative drug that was originally developed as a general anesthetic for surgery. However, due to its serious side effects and potential for abuse, it is no longer used for medical purposes in most countries. PCP can be found in various forms including tablets, capsules, liquid, and powder, but it is most commonly encountered as a white crystalline powder or as a tablet. PCP is typically ingested orally, smoked, snorted, or injected.

Understanding PCP Addiction

PCP is a highly dangerous drug with a high potential for overdose and adverse reactions. PCP can induce hallucinations, delusions, and altered perceptions of reality. The effects of PCP can vary widely depending on the dose and the individual’s response to the drug. 

Signs of PCP addiction may include:

  1. Cravings or feeling a strong desire or urge to use.
  2. Being unable to stop or reduce drug use despite wanting to do so.
  3. Using PCP despite experiencing negative effects on physical health, mental health, relationships, or work/school performance.
  4. Tolerance, or needing to use increasing amounts of PCP to achieve the desired effects.
  5. Experiencing physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms when PCP use is reduced or stopped, such as anxiety, depression, cravings, insomnia, and agitation.
  6. Spending a lot of time and effort obtaining, using, or recovering from PCP use.
  7. Neglecting responsibilities: Failing to meet obligations at work, school, or home due to PCP use.

Effects of PCP Addiction

PCP addiction, like addiction to other substances, is characterized by a compulsive need to use PCP despite negative consequences. PCP, or phencyclidine, is a powerful dissociative drug that can lead to psychological dependence and addiction with repeated use.

Some of the common effects of PCP use include:

  1. Euphoria
  2. Hallucinations
  3. Distorted perceptions of time and space
  4. Feelings of detachment from oneself or reality
  5. Agitation and aggressive behavior
  6. Impaired coordination and motor function
  7. Nausea and vomiting
  8. Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  9. Profound confusion and disorientation
  10. Seizures
  11. Coma

Stages of Addiction

Addiction often progresses through stages, starting with experimentation and occasional use, moving to regular use, and eventually leading to dependence and addiction. Oftentimes, we forget that relapse is actually common in addiction recovery and does not signify failure. It is often a part of the learning process and can provide valuable insights into triggers and areas needing further support. Relapse prevention strategies, ongoing therapy, and a strong support network are important for maintaining sobriety.

What to do if you suspect your loved one is addicted to PCP:

If you suspect a loved one is addicted to PCP, it’s crucial to approach the situation with compassion, empathy, and a commitment to support them through their journey to recovery. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Express Concern
  2. Educate Yourself
  3. Offer Support
  4. Encourage Treatment 
  5. Set Boundaries 
  6. Be Patient 

Remember that you can’t force someone to get help for their addiction, but you can offer support and encouragement along the way. 

Our Treatment Approach

  • Comprehensive Assessment: Each patient begins their journey with a thorough assessment to tailor a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs.
  • Medical Detoxification: Safely managing withdrawal symptoms under medical supervision is the first step in the treatment process.
  • Individual and Group Therapy: Counseling sessions help patients understand the root causes of their addiction and develop coping strategies.
  • Family Support and Education: Involving family members in the recovery process to build a strong support system.
  • Aftercare Planning: Ensuring long-term success with ongoing support and resources to prevent relapse.

Why Milestone Addiction Treatment?

  • Expertise in Stimulant Addiction: Our team has specialized knowledge in treating PCP and other addictions.
  • Holistic Care Options: We offer a range of therapies, including mindfulness and wellness activities, to support overall well-being.
  • Confidential and Supportive Environment: Patients receive care in a safe, non-judgmental setting that respects their privacy and dignity.

Take the first step towards recovery from your PCP addiction with Milestone Addiction Treatment. Contact us to learn more about our program and how we can help you or your loved one on the path to a healthier, drug-free life.

Tom Smith

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