Phencyclidine (PCP) is an addictive substance that alters the brain’s chemical composition, leading to feelings of joy and perceived clarity of thought. The effects of PCP manifest quickly, within 2 to 5 minutes if injected or smoked and last up to 30 minutes. When swallowed, effects appear in about 30 minutes with intense side effects emerging 2 to 5 hours later.

Users become dependent on PCP for its ability to induce altered states of consciousness, sensory distortions or pseudo-spiritual experiences. Side effects include mood changes, poor coordination and symptoms that vary with the dose size. Common symptoms of PCP addiction include delusions, confusion, hallucinations, euphoria, exaggerated strength, increased heart rate and blood pressure, numbness, detachment, rapid respiration, memory loss, physical and psychological distress, anxiety, paranoia, seizures, muscle cramps, vomiting, dehydration, loss of coordination, extreme fear, panic and aggression.

The experience of using PCP is unpredictable and varies greatly, often depending on the user’s mental state before intake. Long-term abuse can lead to severe effects like suicidal thoughts, mania, flashbacks and social isolation. PCP is particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol or other depressants, as it can cause respiratory distress or arrest, potentially resulting in death.

Individuals seeking treatment for PCP addiction frequently require care for co-occurring disorders, as PCP addiction often exists alongside other mental health issues and substance use disorders. When undergoing treatment for PCP abuse, assessments are conducted to identify and provide services for potential accompanying disorders, such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders and other substance use disorders.

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    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

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    Rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

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    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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