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Understanding PCP Addiction: Treatment Options and Recovery

 In Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Drug and Alcohol Treatment

PCP, also known as Phencyclidine, is a hallucinogen that is most commonly abused because it creates intense feelings of euphoria and causes the user to disassociate. Some of the street names for PCP include Angel Dust, Hog, Amoeba, STP, Super Grass, Zoom Belladonna, Peace Pills, Boat, Animal Trank, Sherm Sticks, and Embalming Fluid. The effects of PCP can be unpredictable, making the drug especially dangerous. According to, “There was a 400% increase in PCP-related emergency department visits between 2005 to 2011.” If you are using PCP, seek help. Many addiction recovery resources are available to help you start your recovery journey. A residential inpatient center may be beneficial in jump-starting this process. 

Symptoms of PCP Addiction

Because of the wild experiences PCP provides, the drug is highly addictive and dangerous. The list of side effects is extensive. The effects are different for each person. Some of the most common effects of PCP abuse include the following: 

  • Delusions 
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Euphoria 
  • Exaggerated strength
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Numbness
  • Increased blood pressure 
  • Feeling detached 
  • Memory loss 
  • Physical and psychological distress 
  • Anxiety 
  • Paranoia 
  • Seizures 
  • Chills 
  • Muscle cramps 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Dehydration 
  • Loss of coordination 
  • Extreme fear or panic 
  • Invulnerability 
  • Aggression

The effects of PCP can be life-changing and, in some cases, fatal. If you are addicted to PCP, reach out. Substance abuse recovery is possible. 

PCP Treatment Options

Like most addictions, the first step in the healing process is detoxing. PCP detox is best done through medically supervised detox to avoid any complications due to withdrawal symptoms. After this, the patient goes to inpatient rehabilitation to continue treatment. At the facility, the person will learn coping skills, life skills, and how to prevent relapse once the program is completed. Other treatment options include intensive outpatient programs, cognitive behavioral therapy, sober living homes, 12-step programs, family therapy, and support groups. If you or a loved one is addicted to PCP, talk to a behavioral health professional and see what the best treatment program is for you. 

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