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Working with a counselor can help you overcome PCP addiction.

PCP is a synthetic chemical that is both a hallucinogen and a dissociative anesthetic. When a person becomes addicted to PCP, it can take over every other aspect of life simply because of the severity of its effect on the human body and brain. If you believe you are addicted to PCP, or know someone else who is, seek treatment right away.

Dangers of PCP Addiction

While all types of drug addiction are dangerous, abusing PCP can be especially hazardous to a person. According to the NHTSA, PCP abuse causes these reactions:

  • Drug-seeking behavior
  • Intense cravings
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • The simulation of “schizophrenic-like symptomatology (Dissociative thought disorder, catatonic states)
  • Combativeness
  • Hallucinations
  • “Bizarre behavior”

Being on high doses of PCP can be very dangerous. Users can go into catatonic states when abusing the drug, and blurred vision and confusion result even from lower doses. PCP can also cause people to act out violently and give users an incredibly high tolerance for pain. This means that many people on PCP become hurt due to their confusion or violent behavior and do not realize the extent of the injury. PCP addiction is very serious and lead to unfavorable consequences in many ways.

Inpatient Centers

If you are considering PCP addiction treatment, an inpatient facility is your best option. Because PCP causes strong cravings and drug-seeking behavior, people are willing to put themselves in harm’s way just to get more of the drug. This is why inpatient centers are better and safer for PCP addicts. There will be a team of medical professionals helping the patient work through withdrawal symptoms (which include lack of energy and depression), and the patient will be in a controlled environment which will eliminate the possibility of seeking more drugs.

Finding a Facility

There are many resources for finding PCP treatment facilities. Because the habit is very difficult to break without treatment, there are many centers all over the country that treat PCP addiction. When looking for an inpatient facility, try these options:

  • SAMHSA‘s treatment locator is very helpful. It lists different treatment facilities and their types, locations, and payment options.
  • Discuss treatment with a doctor. If you are dealing with a strong addiction to PCP, you should consider going to a hospital where you may be treated right away. From there, a rehab facility can be chosen.
  • Call a substance abuse hotline and discuss your treatment options over the phone.

What’s Next?

Once you’ve found a facility, you will likely be treated with a combination of medication and therapy. Individual and group therapy sessions will allow you to become more aware of the psychology behind your addiction, and you will meet other individuals who are struggling with the same issues. Remaining in treatment for the recommended amount of time is important. According to the NIDA, “research indicates that most addicted individuals need at least 3 months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug use.”

After inpatient treatment, make sure to keep your life on the right track. Avoid temptation when at all possible, remember the coping mechanisms you were taught in therapy, and attend regular classes or therapy sessions at an outpatient center. With help, you can break through your PCP addiction.

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