Making the choice to stop using PCP is an excellent first step toward sobriety. However, it’s important that you don’t take that first step alone. Abruptly stopping any drug intake, no matter what drugs are involved, will cause withdrawal symptoms to emerge. Even if you’re confident that you won’t turn back to drug use during your PCP withdrawal, you should still seek professional help because these symptoms can be dangerous for you and your health.
There are a few physical PCP withdrawal symptoms that could take hold once you stop using. These physical symptoms are typically mild and include things such as sweating, headaches, weight loss, and an increased need to sleep. While these symptoms sound easy to work through, the physical symptoms associated with PCP withdrawal aren’t the only ones you’ll have to combat. There are more dangerous psychological symptoms involved as well.
PCP affects how the neurotransmitters glutamate and dopamine are used in the brain. When PCP is used regularly, the brain starts treating the changes in those neurotransmitters as the new norm. Taking that regular drug use away will jar the brain into an unfamiliar pattern, which will drastically effect your mood and memory. That’s why PCP withdrawal often includes psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
When you’re dealing with severe psychological withdrawal symptoms, reaching out for professional help is extremely important. Without help, you could potentially hurt yourself and others in an attempt to stabilize yourself. While family and other loved ones can support you, they’re not going to be able to give you the full assistance you need.
Your best option for help is to go through a medically monitored detox program. Along with emotional support, you will receive care from certified medical professionals who can offer you counseling, help you understand your addiction problems, and prescribe you mood-stabilizing medications as needed. Staying on-sight for medical detox also means being around trained professionals 24/7. If symptoms were to become too severe or you felt unable to continue with the program, a medical professional will always be available to keep you in detox.
A detoxing program can also help you transition into a rehab program. At Lakeview Health, you can go through our detoxing program and move into our rehabilitation program once you’re ready. You don’t even have to leave our campus to transition in your recovery process.
You don’t have to deal with withdrawal alone. Lakeview Health can provide you with the care that you need. Call us today at 866.704.7692 .
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