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PCP can be addictive if it’s abused. If you’ve been abusing PCP, or you know someone who has, you might be wondering if PCP addiction treatment is necessary. There are ways to tell if you need to go through addiction treatment. Knowing the signs and acting on them can save you or your loved one from major health issues or death.
PCP, like many other hallucinogens, changes the way the body’s central nervous system works. These alterations are what cause the hallucinogenic effects the drug is known for, along with other short-term effects. But long-term use can cause serious physiological changes that can be hard to overcome alone.
When it’s first used, PCP will cause the user to experience a high. In order to obtain a similar high, more PCP will need to be taken the next time the drug is used. People chasing that high will continue to take more and more PCP until they’ve developed a drug tolerance.
As PCP use is increased, the user will begin to develop a drug dependence. Their body will feel like it needs PCP in order to properly function. Once they become fully dependent, the user will experience withdrawal symptoms anytime they try to stop using. These withdrawal symptoms usually last up to three months and can include cravings, confusion, insomnia, hallucinations, depression, anxiety, and violent behavior.
If PCP use is continued, the user can form an addiction. People who have developed an addiction will experience behavioral and emotional changes, some of which are easy to spot. People who have developed an addiction are likely to have legal issues, financial issues, and relationship problems. They can also miss important appointments or events and they may start being secretive about what they spend their time doing.
Even though there are serious consequences with continuing PCP abuse, people with an addiction will not stop using. Their need for the drug will be too strong. PCP addiction treatment will be necessary in order for them to get their lives back on track.
People who use PCP for a long time are likely to have problems with their speech, experience memory loss, lose weight, and develop anxiety problems or depression. Although it’s rare, long-term PCP use can also lead to persistent psychological issues including disorganized thoughts, paranoia, mood swings, and hallucinations. Any of these long-term effects can lead to serious health complications or death.
People who abuse PCP in order to get high are also likely to overdose. In a high dose, PCP can cause nausea, vomiting, respiratory problems, mania, seizures, and a comatose state. These effects can also lead to death if the user doesn’t get immediate medical help.
You should never try to stop PCP use on your own. The withdrawal symptoms and long-term effects of abuse can be uncomfortable, even deadly. Getting professional help is necessary in order for you or loved one to get and stay sober.
There are PCP addiction treatment centers around the United States. The best options provide you with individualized care. The staff and trained professionals will take the time to understand your history, culture, interests, and values before your treatment even starts. Then they will guide you to the programs and care that will help you during and after your addiction recovery.
At Beaches Recovery, we provide you with the individualized care that you need. We want to help you heal in physical, mental, and spiritual ways. In order to do that, we take the time to understand who you are and we build a treatment program specifically for you. That tailored program will provide you with tools and help you develop the skills you need in order to maintain a life of lasting sobriety.
You don’t have to let PCP addiction control you. Recovery starts with one step. Start your journey to sobriety by reaching out to Beaches Recovery. Call us today at 866.605.0532.