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PCP Facts
As of 2013, 6.5 million American adults reported using PCP at least once in their lifetime
In 2008, more than 37,000 Americans were treated in ER's as a result of PCP abuse
PCP Abuse rates have risen 79.3% in the past 5 years
30-34 years olds were the most likely to check themselves into treatment for PCP addiction
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PCP, or phencyclidine (sometimes called "Angel Dust"), is a highly dangerous substance that is continually being abused across the U.S. Originally developed in the 1950's as a surgical anesthetic, its medical use was discontinued in the 1960's because test subjects who had been treated with the drug were developing psychological issues including delirium and hallucinations. Roughly 50 years later, people all over are still finding ways to acquire and abuse this illegal substance.

Today, PCP is available on the illegal drug market in a variety of forms including capsules, colored powders, and tablets. PCP can be snorted, swallowed, injected, or smoked and is most commonly sold as a powder or liquid and applied to a leafy substance such as oregano, mint, tobacco, parsley, or marijuana. Many people who use PCP may do it unknowingly because PCP is commonly used as an additive that can sometimes be found in LSD, marijuana, or methamphetamines.

An addiction to PCP is very dangerous due to the psychological and physical effects that it can have on the user. When using in moderate amounts, PCP user may experience feelings of detachment and estrangement from their surroundings. They will feel a numbness in their extremities, experience slurred speech, and a loss of coordination that may be followed by feelings of power and invincibility. Other symptoms of PCP use, in moderate to high doses, may include:

  • Mood swings
  • Sedation
  • False sense of euphoria
  • Intense anger and aggression
  • Cravings
  • Hypertension
  • Muscle spasms
  • Hyperactivity
  • Stuttering
  • Lung secretion
  • Amnesia
  • Memory loss
  • Psychosis
  • Brain damage
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Paranoia
  • Lack of impulse control
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Once the patient is checked into the chosen treatment center, an inpatient medical detoxification will take place. This will be monitored 24/7 by trained medical professionals who are fully equipped to make the experience and environment as comfortable as possible for the afflicted individual. Withdrawal symptoms for a PCP addict may include memory loss, weight loss, decreased reflexes, anxiety, confusion, depression, problems with speech, coma and, in more severe cases, death.

Since PCP addiction does not only affect the individual physically but mentally as well, the treatment will then shift to focus on the person's emotional dependency on PCP once the detoxification is complete. Mandatory one-on-one therapy sessions will be conducted to help the patient address any underlying behaviors and factors that may have lead them to PCP use in the first place. These sessions will also provide the individual with support and the necessary life skills to live a comfortable life free of addiction. Our treatment facilities aim to lead the individual to a healthy mental and physical state where they can live their lives without the use of PCP.

After the completion of the PCP treatment, the individual may enter some sort of aftercare program. Depending on the individual, this may simply be the continuation of therapy, whether it's one-on-one of group sessions, that they had during inpatient care. Aftercare may also involve the individual entering into a 12-step program, such as Narcotic's Anonymous. These programs help the individual push forward to help themselves, and others, get over their PCP addiction and continue to lead a sober lifestyle.

If you believe that you or loved one may be dealing with this dangerous addiction, please call us at The Treatment Helpline today and we will be able to help you find a treatment facility that best fits your needs. Our addiction counselors are available 24/7.

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