PCP Abuse Treatment

PCP Abuse Treatment

PCP addiction is a complex but treatable condition that results from persistent abuse of the substance. It is imperative to understand that PCP is characterized by severe side-effects that can be extremely dangerous when left untreated. The effects of the drug are both physical and psychological. Physical side-effects that can result from abusing PCP include flushes, shallow breathing, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, continuous blinking, drooling, loss of limb coordination and an inability to speak.

In addition, there are other more permanent effects that may result from such abuse like depression, flashbacks, weight loss and mood disorders to mention just a few of the adverse effects that make it necessary to treat the condition. The following are some of the treatment approaches that can be taken to address the condition of PCP addiction.


One effective method of treating addiction is through addressing behavioral condition. The addicts require their behavior to be addressed so that they will not relapse into abusing the substance after they have successfully managed to overcome the effects of addiction. This issue can be addressed through various means such as finding new friends, avoiding old hang-outs as well as finding a new job that will help to deflect attention away from the drugs.


In some cases, a person with a criminal record or who displays signs of violence, suicidal tendencies or anything else that may put their life and those of others at risk may be taken to penitentiary rehab facilities where medication is forcibly administered by professionals. It has been proven in the past that treatment does not have to be voluntary as long as it is applied in the best and most effective manner.


For people who have taken PCP for long time, the withdrawal effects may be severe. This necessitates the use of replacement substances such as benzodiazepines that reduce the impact of PCP withdrawal symptoms. Many substances used in treating the condition have similar effects to those of PCP,  but the advantage is that they are mild substances, so when tapering them off the withdrawal impact will be less significant.

 Medical treatment

This treatment is mainly available in rehab clinics and health facilities. The patients are helped to withdraw from abusing the substance with the assistance of qualified physicians. The medication provided is only meant to address some of the withdrawal problems, but it will not prevent cravings and other effects that will result from trying to quit PCP. In detox facilities, the patient may have their blood cleansed to remove any toxic remains from the drug.

Residential treatment

These are highly structured treatment centers where the patients remain for a period of between 6 and 12 months. The rehab centers provide a treatment program of therapeutic communities (TCs). The programs are targeted towards patients with social problems, criminal records or severe addiction. Patients in these facilities benefit from support given by reforming addicts and also that of professional therapists. Addicts are put on the road to reform in a crime and drug-free environment so that they will afterwards fit in the community once more.

There is no single treatment program that can suit the needs of all patients. Effective treatment methods involve a combination of different treatment programs that should be evaluated from time to time to adjust to the needs of different clients.