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PCP Withdrawal & PCP Detox

PCP detoxification is the initial process of PCP addiction treatment wherein patients abstain from the substance in order to purge their bodies entirely from the addictive substance. The detoxification and withdrawal process in the source causing many addicts suffering from all types of addiction to forgo treatment because of the excruciating process the body goes through once cut off from a substance it is physically dependent on. PCP withdrawal is easily managed with treatment from medical professionals.  

Why Doesn’t PCP Cause Withdrawal Symptoms?

  In the case of PCP detox and withdrawal, because the substance does not form a physical dependence within the body, the usual signs of withdrawal are not present during the detoxification process. In which case, the lack of withdrawal symptoms may make subsequent treatment easier to complete without discomfort. Withdrawal treatment is typically spent remedying the psychological effects of PCP and managing the damage done to neurotransmitters over the course of untreated PCP use disorders.    

PCP Withdrawal Physical Effects:


Although there are not as many physical symptoms of PCP withdrawal, the body may react adversely to being separated from PCP. Symptoms include:  
  • Impaired Reflexes
  • Seizures in Severe Cases
  • Weight Loss
  • Memory Loss and Impairment
  • Trouble Speaking
  • Coma in Severe Cases

What Are the Psychological Effects of PCP Withdrawal?

  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Behaviors/Thoughts
  • Inability to Control Impulses
  • Chronic Anxiety


Treatment Methods During Detox and PCP Withdrawal

  To quell the many psychological aspects of PCP withdrawal and detox treatment entails medically assisted drug treatment. Many patients are treated with vallum to reduce anxiety, paranoia, and mitigate the chance of seizure. In severe cases anti-psychotic medications may be prescribed over the duration of detox, which typically lasts one to two weeks. During withdrawal treatment patients participate in cognitive behavioral therapy to begin zeroing in on the underlying causes of PCP addiction and address them with the help of a specialized addiction counselor. Although the goal of detox is to primarily rid the body of addictive substances, getting a headstart on therapeutic treatment ultimately speeds up the recovery process and better ensures program completion, when compared to programs which to do implement cognitive behavioral therapy from the beginning of detoxification. During PCP detoxification patients also participate in dynamic group therapy and begin to relearn social skills and evolve into skilled communicators. Both therapy treatments are designed to address the core problem of addiction, as opposed to merely treating the outward signs of addiction. Without remedying the underlying causes of addiction those who graduate are likely to relapse shortly after treatment, because the only means of coping with stressful situations in the past revolved around PCP use. In order to break those habits addiction professionals work around the clock to help patients learn healthy coping skills and help clients let go and identify habits that may precipitate addiction after graduation. Getting help before the severe symptoms of PCP manifest themselves is the best approach to entering detoxification treatment- as it makes the process smoother and garners higher completion rates, when compared to those who wait for chronic addiction to set in. However, with the right guidance and immediate care those with a chronic addiction to PCP recover 100%.  

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