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PCP Addiction Treatment

Anesthetic Too Unreliable to License for Use

PCP was developed in the 50s as an anesthetic for medical use. The side effects were so severe, leading often to delirium and mental confusion among other problems, that experimentation was discontinued and the drug was never put into professional medical use. It causes a sense of alienation and detachment when high, along with often causing hallucinations and delusions. PCPs are addictive, and deadly.

Learning how to kick PCPs:

Dissociative Reactions to PCP

PCP was originally an anesthetic, and many of the reactions to PCP use are easily recognized as having similar aspects to other anesthetics. PCP can provide the illusion of deep detachment from the world around: a floating, alienated feeling of calm. In extreme cases, the mind can feel fully detached – or dissociated – from the body. PCP extends the sense of detachment, providing intense hallucinations.
The effects of PCP include dizziness, loss of balance, loss of coordination, flickering eye movements, and drooling. Blood pressure goes up, as does the pulse. The extremities grow numb. In overdoses, users can lose consciousness, go into coma, and die.

PCP Addiction

PCP is addictive, causing craving, compulsive seeking for the drug, and increased tolerance and dependency. As dosages go up, so do risks, with schizophrenic behavior more and more likely. Coma, circulatory damage, memory loss, and learning impairment are common secondary effects.

Cleaning Out the Drug

The treatment for PCP, like other addictive drugs, involves detoxification, or withdrawal. Before recovery can occur, the association with the drug has to end. When access to the drug ends, the body begins to react, inflicting a wide range of unpleasant sensations and experiences on the addict. Withdrawal can include pain, nausea, cramps, sweating and chills, convulsions, mood swings, depression, anger, anxiety, paranoia and more.

The process usually takes between five days and a week. Counseling may begin during or before withdrawal, though it’s often most focused on after withdrawal has ended.

Counseling – Training Yourself for a New Life

After detox, the recovering addict focuses on counseling. This usually includes forms of behavior modification to help replace the habits of an addict with new habits that leave no room for drug use. Person to person counseling is also common, as are group therapy and family therapy, both intended to help restructure an addict’s life to provide support for a non-addictive future, rather than support to continue an addicted past.

The combination of therapies ideally is meshed with follow-up treatment, usually in the form of a long-term association with a 12-step program. Studies have indicated that committed participation in 12-step and other follow-up programs can as much as double the success rate of recovering addicts. An addict can expect to be strongly encouraged to enter a 12-step plan and make participation a major priority.

Finding Help for Recovery

Whether you or someone you know is in need of help and support getting through the process of drug rehabilitation, it’s most easily done using good resources to guide you to solid programs and professionals. By making use of referrals from hospitals, doctors, police programs, state or church programs, or school programs, you can reduce the challenge of finding trustworthy programs and clinics that can reliably care for a recovering addict.

There are also professional referral services, which have in many cases done the preliminary work of sorting out the least desirable professionals, and identifying their areas of skill and interest, allowing them to find the best match for you or yours.


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