PCP, otherwise known as phencyclidine, was developed in the 1950’s as a surgical anesthetic but has not been used since 1965 as patients waking up from surgical procedures involving PCP were noted to be irrational, agitated, and delusional. PCP is a dissociative anesthetic that produces trance-like feelings in the user. After being discontinued in the surgical setting, PCP, a Schedule II drug, moved onto the streets as an illegal drug of abuse. Street names for PCP include “angel dust,” “embalming fluid,” “rocket fuel,” and “wack.”
PCP is a water-soluble whitish crystalline powder that is often sold on the streets in a wide variety of forms, including capsules, tablets, and colored powders. PCP abusers abuse phencyclidine in a number of ways as the drug can be smoked, injected, snorted, or swallowed. Others add liquid PCP to leafy materials like basil to mask the bitter chemical taste. Often, individuals will use PCP without knowing they are doing so as it is often mixed with LSD, methamphetamines, or marijuana.
Angel dust is a particularly dangerous dissociative drug as it can cause a wide variety of harmful symptoms in users, especially those who are in their teen years as the drug may interfere with hormones associated with normal growth and learning processes. PCP can lead to hallucinations – one of the many reasons people enjoy abusing PCP – and symptoms similar to schizophrenia, such as paranoid delusions, disorganized thinking, feeling as though one is “watching themselves from above,” and catatonia. Many individuals have died from accidental injury or suicide during PCP abuse.
PCP is an addictive substance and the repeated usage of this drug can cause psychological dependence, drug cravings, and addiction. While PCP addiction is a very serious addiction, with proper detox, rehab, and therapy, individuals can recover from PCP addiction.
Why You Should Seek Treatment for PCP at Acadiana Addiction Center
At Acadiana Addiction Center, decades of working with individuals struggling with addiction means that we will only offer the highest quality of care for individuals learning to live a sober life. Our treatment approach is like no other, and we work as hard as we can to help each person who comes to us learn to live a sober life. Addiction is a lonely life. Acadiana is here to put the color back into your world.
PCP is an incredibly unsafe drug to abuse. Long-term effects of PCP abuse can cause accidental overdose or suicide, seizures, coma, and other negative health consequences. Individuals who abuse PCP for a long while note that they develop difficulties thinking clearly, problems with speaking properly, memory loss, major depression, and other mood disorders. While addiction to any drug or behavior is dangerous, PCP carries a whole host of negative costs.
If you’re addicted to PCP, you may not know how to stop the cravings even though you understand that the drug is harming your wellbeing. You may feel alone; having pushed away your loved ones with your violent and erratic behavior. You may be suffering the negative health consequences associated with the drug and still feel unable to stop using. It’s time for you to pick up the phone and call the compassionate staff at Acadiana Addiction Center help you reclaim your life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Acadiana Addiction Center, we know that each person who comes to us for help is a unique individual who needs specialized care. We’ll work alongside you as your advocate as we create a plan of care for your stay with us. We’ll arm you with knowledge about your addiction, how to manage cravings, and how you can ditch the angel dust and return to a normal life.
Our recovery program will take you away from the stressors of outside life in order to best allow you to focus on what matters: you. You’ll spend time with people who struggle with addictions just like yours and learn to help each other through this process. We’ll work with your loved ones to help mend broken relationships and help your family to understand the disease of addiction. At Acadiana, we’re here for you.
Types of Therapy Used at Acadiana
When you come to us, we’ll do a very thorough physical and psychological evaluation to determine if you are struggling with an untreated mental illness and how dependent your body has become upon PCP. We’ll also determine what negative health consequences have developed during your drug abuse and begin to manage those as well. At Acadiana, we aim to treat all of you – mind, body, and soul.
If it’s determined you need it, we will place you into our detoxification program – the most intense level of care we offer. We use detox to slowly decrease your physical addiction to PCP under the careful eyes of our trained medical staff, who will be monitoring you 24-hours a day. Once you’ve completed detox, you’ll move onto the next phase in your recovery.
Our Residential Treatment program is designed for clients stable enough to fully be engaged in our therapeutic process. Clients in our residential program will be medically monitored and supervised 24-hours a day to ensure safety. The focus of our residential program is to teach those who come to us about their PCP addiction and enable them to develop the necessary skills to play an active role in their recovery.
After primary care is complete, Acadiana offers male and female extended care programs. Males will continue their program at Acadiana Addiction Center while female clients will continue their treatment at Belle of the Oakes. Both of these extended care programs are designed to continue care in order to strengthen the skills learned in their primary treatment program. Our extended care program lasts at least three months and involves three distinct phases, each of which will address and reinforce the skills necessary to maintain a life of sobriety.
Each program at Acadiana Addiction Center will provide our clients a variety of therapeutic approaches to rehab. Some of the techniques we use are:
Individual Therapy – While each member of our program will receive the minimum of one session per week with an individual counselor to address co-occurring disorders and factors leading up to the development of an addiction, most find that 2-3 sessions per week is more appropriate.
Group Therapy – At Acadiana, we place much emphasis on group therapy sessions. We offer a variety of group therapy sessions to allow you to work through your issues in an environment full of the support of your peers.
Family Therapy – Addiction is a disease that affects the whole family and as such, we want to work to help you mend the broken relationships in your life. In additional to our 3-day family workshop, individual family sessions are offered to allow our clients the opportunity to teach their family about addiction and recovery.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a form of therapy that allows us to help you sort through your negative emotions and thoughts and replace them with more positive ways of viewing your addiction.
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy – Similar to CBT, REBT is a form of therapy that is used to allow you to better understand that past behaviors are in the past, while you have the opportunity to change your future behaviors and the direction you want your future to take.
Motivational Interviewing – At Acadiana, our therapists will work with you through a series of questions to create a foundation of trust with you. Motivational interviewing seeks to help you learn to change, set goals, and meet them.
In addition to our effective therapeutic treatments, we also offer several experiential opportunities as a means to treat your mind, body, and spirit. These may include:
- A.A. and N.A.
- Vocational planning
- Nutrition counseling
- Recreational programs
- Art therapy
- Spiritual counseling
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
When your stay with us is complete, we understand that your journey toward recovery is just beginning. We strive to provide each person who comes to us an aftercare plan to address your continued needs. You’ll work alongside your treatment team to develop goals for the future and determine the best plan of action for your next recovery steps.
If you feel you’re ready to be discharged home, we’ll ensure that you have the proper referrals to a local therapist. We’ll also find community resources you can rely upon to continue your recovery.
At Acadiana, we have several aftercare programs that have been created to allow you to continue your rehabilitation. We offer a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) that allows for continued daily services provided through individual, group, and family therapy. We also encourage your participation in self-help support groups. Our PHP is a very structured environment in which you will be provided lodging throughout your journey.
We also offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for individuals who no longer need the structure of an intensive program such as PHP. Clients enrolled in IOP have reached a point in their recovery in which they are able to spend time at home while continuing their addiction rehab. Our IOP offers similar programs to our PHP, but only meets in for ten hours a week in the evenings. During your IOP, you’ll be continually assessed and monitored to ensure your rehab is going smoothly and that you are not running into roadblocks.