PCP

PCP is a dissociative drug that causes distortions similar to a psychotic state. You may hear sounds, see colors that aren’t there, see yourself differently, or see your environment differently. PCP was first created by scientists as an anesthetic for surgeries. Due to its severe neurotoxic side effects, its was discontinued. Now PCP is used on the street to give users a psychotic high. In its purest form, PCP is a white crystalline powder that readily dissolves in water or alcohol and has a distinctive bitter chemical taste. PCP often contains several other chemicals that cause the color to range from a light to dark brown. Smoking is the most common route when used on the street, typically by mixing it with marijuana. The high PCP gives its abusers can last for 4 to 6 hours and cause extreme psychosis and disassociation. This makes PCP very dangerous for users.

Effects of PCP

Many believe PCP to be one of the most dangerous drugs, even a small amount of PCP will make people feel removed from their surroundings. Someone that is high on PCP may also exhibit erratic behavior.

Signs someone is abusing PCP: • Numbness of the extremities, slurred speech, and loss of coordination • A blank stare, rapid and involuntary eye movements • Auditory and visual hallucinations • Acute anxiety and a feeling of impending doom, • Paranoia • Violence, suicide • Slowed respiration and heart rate • nausea, vomiting • loss of balance and dizziness • violence, suicide

High doses of PCP cause:

  • seizures
  • coma
  • accidental death or suicide

PCP may also cause people to present with schizophrenic tendencies and in some rare cases people have acted violently due to long term PCP abuse.

Symptoms of Withdrawal from PCP

Withdrawal from PCP is not known to cause physical pain. PCP withdrawal includes mental and emotional symptoms such as:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • psychosis
  • extreme mood swings

The best way to treat PCP addiction is by seeking help. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to PCP learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to PCP. Amatus Recovery Facilities located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed. Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.

Detox Process

Amatus Health detox facilities offer medically assisted detox for individuals facing acute withdrawal from heroin, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapy programs designed to build the skills for long term recovery. During detox, every individual in our care has access to around the clock nursing care, to monitor their vitals and provide medication when necessary. Our staff will assess each individual’s needs, and help design a plan for them to taper their use smoothly and safely, with the least amount of discomfort.

Further Treatment Options

At Amatus Health we off the full continuum of care, from intensive inpatient programs through a number of outpatient levels of care. We believe, supported by evidence, that a longer stay in treatment sets patients up for a better chance at long term recovery. We are committed to helping every individual achieve long term recovery. This means treating not only physical addiction, but addressing the mental and spiritual aspects as well. Our staff will create an individualized treatment plan with you, using a variety of therapeutic modalities to help every individual build the skills for long term recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with heroin addiction, dealing with acute withdrawal, have just completed detox or another level of care and are looking for the next step in recovery, call us now to speak with a treatment professional.

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