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Understanding the Facts: What Is PCP?

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Phencyclidine, also known as PCP, is a dissociative anesthetic that has quickly become a popular recreational drug because of its calming effects. PCP can also be highly addictive—those who suffer from addiction to the drug can experience extreme withdrawal symptoms such as depression, agitation, and difficulty concentrating. Long-term use of PCP can also lead to permanent physical and psychological damage.

If you or a loved one is struggling with PCP addiction, contact the team at NuLife Behavioral Health in Massachusetts. We can help you learn more about what PCP is, what signs to look for if you suspect PCP addiction, and what treatments are available.

Reach out to our team at 888.568.2057 or connect with us online for effective outpatient PCP addiction treatment.

What Is PCP?

PCP was first developed as an IV anesthetic in the 1950s. However, because of its hallucinogenic effects, its use as a medication was discontinued by the 1970s. Over the last few decades, PCP has become a popular drug for recreational use.

PCP typically comes in the form of a white or colored powder and can be snorted, swallowed, smoked, or injected. PCP is one of the most dangerous recreational drugs because of its intense effects and potential for addiction. It’s often called “angel dust” or “loveboat.”

To stop using the drug, professional treatment and support are necessary.

Signs of PCP Addiction

Those who use PCP seek it out for its ability to create feelings of calm, peace, and tranquility. However, it can also produce extremely dangerous side effects. Those who use it have to take more and more of the drug to achieve the desired effect over time because of the way that it affects the brain. This leads to a dangerous cycle of dependency and addiction.

If you’re wondering what to look out for to determine if someone is addicted to PCP, the following signs can be an indicator:

  • Disorientation
  • Hallucination
  • Vision issues
  • Slurred speech
  • Amnesia
  • False confidence
  • Poor coordination
  • Hand or foot numbness
  • Heart issues
  • High blood pressure

If you’ve noticed these symptoms or any others in a loved one, it could be an indication of PCP addiction. A PCP addiction treatment program can provide needed support and structure for the journey to recovery.

How PCP Addiction Treatment Can Help

With the right treatment and support, lasting, sustainable recovery from addiction is possible. Entering a structured program at a professional treatment center will help you to develop a plan that is customized just for you and your unique needs. NuLife Behavioral Health offers outpatient treatment programs that work around your schedule and responsibilities. If the severity of the addiction requires medically supervised detox prior to coming to an outpatient facility, we are able to make recommendations to make your treatment as seamless as possible. Treatment should include evidence-based modalities as well as holistic therapies and support groups.

Dual diagnoses are common when a substance use disorder exists. This means that a mental health condition like depression or anxiety is also present. These co-occurring conditions can make recovery difficult without providing treatment for both issues. In order to build a strong foundation for recovery, it’s important to create a plan that helps address every aspect of your health and well-being.

Reach Out to NuLife Behavioral Health Massachusetts for Effective PCP Addiction Treatment

When dependence on PCP sets in, rehabilitation at a professional addiction treatment facility is necessary to stop using the drug, manage withdrawal symptoms, and learn to develop strategies to stay sober and achieve lifelong recovery.

Contact the NuLife Behavioral Health Massachusetts team today at 888.568.2057 or connect with our team online to learn more about PCP addiction treatment options.