Phencyclidine (PCP) is a hallucinogenic drug illegally sold as a tablet, capsule or powder. It is snorted, smoked or ingested. When smoked, PCP is applied to mint, parsley, oregano or illicit plants such as marijuana. Depending upon dosage and usage, its effects generally last between four and six hours but can linger for up to twenty four hours. Because it is a hallucinogen, you can develop a PCP addiction. Its addictiveness leads to cravings, compulsive PCP-seeking behavior and altered realities.
Addicts who abuse high amounts of PCP will have disorientation, hallucination, delusions and some level of paranoia. This drug will also interfere with functioning, causing significant distress in relationships, hindering the ability to maintain employment, disrupting education and destroying finances. PCP use can cause lingering damage.
Even in low doses, PCP is extremely dangerous, producing shallow breathing, nausea, blurred vision, numbness, sweating and loss of muscle coordination. Long-term, chronic PCP abuse will create permanent memory loss, speech problems and central nervous system damage.
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Chronic PCP users risk seizure, coma, central nervous system damage and death. Inpatient medical detox and drug rehab followed by residential rehab is suggested for PCP addiction.
PCP intoxication has a negative cognitive impact on the addict. Addicts need stabilization to increase orientation and allow them to move forward with treatment. Inpatient medical detox and rehab offer a stabilization unit that can address mental health and medical complications produced by chronic PCP use.
Once stabilized, the addict should move forward with residential rehab where he or she can learn how to manage a drug-free lifestyle. In PCP rehab, the addict will receive education, individual and group therapy and relapse prevention skills which will assist in the recovery program.