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Phencyclidine (PCP) addiction treatment that actually works

For over 15 years, Enterhealth has helped countless people struggling with substance use disorder thanks to our comprehensive, evidence-based addiction treatment program. Our continuum of care includes inpatient, outpatient, and even virtual treatment – as well as education, resources, and continuing care and support to treat the whole person for a lifetime.

By combining advanced medical care with proven behavioral and psychological therapies, our program effectively treats all aspects of addiction (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) simultaneously, an approach that’s proven far more effective than traditional 12-step programs.

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Treatment options for phencyclidine (PCP) addiction

Recovering from Phencyclidine (PCP) dependence can be challenging, but with the help of a comprehensive treatment program that combines medical, psychological, and behavioral therapy, it is possible to achieve long-term recovery.

The first step in treating PCP dependence is to remove the substance from the body and stabilize any withdrawal symptoms through medical detox. During this process, medical staff with formal training in substance use disorder treatment carefully monitor the patient’s health and may prescribe non-habit-forming medications to ease discomfort and lessen severe withdrawal symptoms.

It’s important to remember that detox is NOT considered treatment. Rather, it prepares patients so they’re able to fully participate in a long-term program that includes psychological counseling, behavioral therapy, and psychiatric treatment that addresses their substance use disorder and any co-occurring mental health issues.

Enterhealth offers both individual- and group-oriented addiction counseling sessions, and we will also include family members when applicable. Finally, we consider continuing care to be an essential part of treatment and include elements of it in all discharge plans to provide patients with counseling and support for as long as they need it.

A treatment plan for phencyclidine (PCP) addiction may include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Pharmacotherapy (medication management)
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Supportive Outpatient Programs (SOP)
  • Maintenance Outpatient Programs (MOP)
  • Wellness, nutritional, and stress management education

A range of treatment options based on you

Each person’s path to addiction is unique with different neurological, emotional, social and environmental contributing factors. That’s why the Enterhealth journey to recovery is personalized to meet individuals and families where they are. Whether you need immersive inpatient care or outpatient treatment, we offer a range of evidence-based treatment options and innovative therapies. Enterhealth is the only facility with highly trained on-site addiction specialists, including PhDs, MDs and Master’s Level Therapists, who coordinate care at every stage. Because we understand the science behind addiction, we are best equipped to assess and treat individuals and families. Contact us to see why we’re the only facility with an 84% success rate.



Enterhealth Ranch offers inpatient care that’s on your side, not on the clock. It’s a nurturing environment where treatment is highly personalized and intensified. Every patient has a private room and 24/7 access to addiction trained specialists who use evidence-based treatments and comprehensive care, including medical detox, in-depth medical and psychological assessments, individual and group therapies, life skills and more.

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Enterhealth’s Outpatient Center of Excellence, conveniently located in the Park Cities, is expertly staffed with board-certified addiction specialists. Our comprehensive program is designed for continued recovery care and provides individuals and families the support they need to reconnect with each other and thrive in recovery.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Phencyclidine (PCP) Addiction

What is phencyclidine (PCP)?

Phencyclidine (PCP) is a synthetic dissociative drug that was originally developed as an anesthetic but is no longer used for medical purposes due to its severe side effects and potential for abuse. PCP is classified as a hallucinogen and can induce profound changes in perception, thoughts, and feelings.

How does PCP work?

PCP primarily affects the brain by blocking the action of the neurotransmitter glutamate at NMDA receptors. This leads to distorted sensory perceptions, impaired judgment, and altered thoughts. Phencyclidine (PCP) also affects other neurotransmitter systems, such as dopamine and serotonin, contributing to its range of effects.

How do people take PCP?

People take PCP in various ways, including:

  1. Oral ingestion: PCP can be taken orally in the form of pills, tablets, or capsules. This method involves swallowing the drug, and its effects typically take longer to kick in compared to other routes of administration.
  2. Smoking: PCP drug can be mixed with tobacco or marijuana and rolled into a cigarette or joint. This method allows the drug to be inhaled into the lungs, leading to faster onset of effects.
  3. Snorting: Powdered PCP can be divided into lines and snorted through the nose. The drug is absorbed through the nasal mucosa and enters the bloodstream.
  4. Injection: PCP can be dissolved in a liquid (often water) and injected directly into a vein. This method delivers the drug rapidly into the bloodstream, resulting in almost immediate effects.

What are some other names for PCP?

PCP is known by several street names, including:

  • Angel dust
  • Rocket fuel
  • Embalming fluid
  • Hog
  • Ozone
  • Sherman sticks

How long does PCP stay in your system?

The detection window for phencyclidine (PCP) depends on the type of drug test used. Here are some approximate time frames:

Urine: PCP can be detected for up to 7-14 days after use.

Blood: PCP can be detected for up to 48 hours after use.

Hair: PCP can be detected for up to 90 days or even longer in hair follicle tests.

Can a person become addicted to PCP?

Yes, individuals can develop a psychological dependence on PCP, leading to compulsive drug-seeking behavior and cravings. Physical dependence, however, is less common with PCP compared to some other substances. Prolonged and frequent use of PCP increases the risk of addiction.

How do you know if someone is abusing PCP?

Signs of PCP abuse may include:

  • Unpredictable behavior and mood swings
  • Hallucinations and distorted perceptions
  • Agitation and aggression
  • Impaired coordination and motor skills
  • Slurred speech
  • Inappropriate or violent behavior
  • Dissociative state or detachment from reality

It’s important to note that these signs can vary depending on the individual and the dose of PCP taken.

What are the short- and long-term side effects of PCP abuse?

Short-term side effects of PCP abuse may include:

  • Distorted perceptions of time and space
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Numbness and loss of pain sensitivity
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Agitation and aggression
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Respiratory depression

Long-term effects of PCP abuse can include persistent psychosis, memory problems, speech difficulties, and mood disorders. PCP abuse can also lead to accidents and injuries due to impaired judgment and coordination.

What are the symptoms of PCP withdrawal?

While physical withdrawal symptoms from PCP are not typically observed, individuals who abruptly stop using PCP after prolonged and heavy use may experience psychological symptoms such as:

  • Drug cravings
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Poor concentration and cognitive difficulties

How long does PCP withdrawal last?

The duration of PCP withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s frequency and duration of PCP use. Generally, the acute withdrawal symptoms may last for several days to a few weeks. However, some psychological symptoms, such as depression and drug cravings, may persist for an extended period and may require professional support.

Can you overdose on phencyclidine (PCP)?

Yes, it is possible to overdose on PCP. PCP overdose can result in severe and potentially life-threatening symptoms, including:

  • Agitation
  • Delirium
  • Seizures
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyperthermia (high body temperature)
  • Respiratory depression
  • Coma

If you suspect someone has overdosed on PCP, you should call 911 to seek emergency medical attention.

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