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PCP Addiction

PCP (Phencyclidine), known on the streets as angel dust, rock fuel and supergrass, is a dissociative anesthetic.  Individuals who use often feel detached from their surroundings and will often describe the feeling of having an “out of body” experience. PCP is a physically addictive substance and can have many adverse effects on the individual, making a professional residential rehab program a critical step in the treatment process.

PCP Abuse and Risks in the United States

PCP can be smoked, snorted and taken orally. Some people take PCP intentionally, while others will be exposed to it when drug dealers “lace” other drugs like marijuana with it. PCP is also often added to crystal meth and LSD. People can get addicted to PCP without even realizing it, which makes the addiction even more dangerous.

Individuals who use PCP are at risk of overdosing. PCP disrupts functioning receptors in the brain (particularly when it is snorted), putting users at risk of seizure, coma or even death.  Less severe side effects of PCP use can include hallucination and feelings of agitation which may cause the user to become violent.  This type of behavior can put both the user and those around them at risk.

Long-term PCP use can cause negative psychological effects on the body as well. Individuals may start to suffer from memory loss and find they have difficulty speaking or connecting thoughts. PCP users will often lose a significant amount of weight and can develop other mental health disorders over extended periods of use. Knowing what to look for when you suspect PCP addiction in a loved one is a crucial first step in knowing when it’s time to seek help.

PCP Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you love has a PCP or addiction, or is exhibiting the symptoms of  PCP addiction, it may be time to start exploring options of drug rehabilitation. Finding the right facility to treat the specific needs of the individual is critical to finding a program that will work for that person in the long run.  Patients with a PCP addiction are treated in similarly to those in LSD rehab and psilocybin mushroom rehab because of the nature of their addiction and the type of program used in treatment. Understanding how and when to get help is the only way someone with a PCP addiction can hope to reach sobriety. Call our toll-free number and we can point you towards a PCP addiction treatment facility that is right for you.

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