Almost all illegal drugs started out with legitimate uses at one time and PCP is no exception. PCP was inadvertently discovered by Victor Maddox, a chemist researching synthetic analgesic compounds. The drug was thought to have potential as a painkiller and by the 1950s was released on the market as an experimental drug named Sernyl.
By 1965, the drug was taken off the market due to the severity of side effects as hallucinations, mania and delirium. In the 1960s and 1970s the drug gained popularity for recreational use.
By the late 70s PCP was thought to be the biggest drug problem in the United States by some people. Frequency of use continued to incline, prompting the government to target PCP directly with their anti-drug campaign.
By the 1990s, use of the drug had dropped dramatically in response to the media’s effort to educate the public about the potential health hazards of using the drug.
Recently, a new generation has grown up oblivious to the serious concern surrounding this drug and use of it is back on the rise. Between 2008 and 2010, PCP related emergency room visits increased from 37,266 to 53,542. Such an increase sparks an unhealthy upward trend for the drug.
Additionally, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, in 2013, approximately 33,000 Americans had used PCP within the past month. Some reports suggest that PCP is mostly used by younger crowds, such as high school students.
People under the age of 25 using PCP are especially prone to long-term health consequences. The brain does not fully develop until a person’s mid-20s. Strong, toxic substances such as PCP can permanently halt the development process and leave a person physically and mentally stunted.
For a person in his or her youth, the prospect that such a consequence would affect him or herself seems far-fetched. The reality is that these devastating consequences are very real possibilities.
The most difficult step for many people is admitting that they have a problem with drugs. Those who have come to this conclusion and decided to find addiction treatment have accomplished more than many.
Tragically, some people are pulled back into the life of using by others who have not decided to stop using. Old using buddies, enablers and dealers often prove to negatively influence people recovery in these critical early days.
To avoid such negative influences, and to give yourself the best chance possible, experts recommend travelling for treatment. By finding a treatment center located away from familiar people and places, you give your recovery a better chance of success. As an added benefit, when you travel for inpatient rehab, you can choose to go anywhere. Why not enjoy the scenery and weather while you work on yourself?
Whatever treatment center you decide on, congratulations on making the enormous leap toward a better life. While in treatment you will be exposed to several different therapeutic methods. These include individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.
Family therapy is a crucial component of addiction rehabilitation. When one person becomes addicted everyone in the family suffers.
Addiction education is a cornerstone of family therapy. All family members learn about the disease of addiction, its neurobiological processes and how they impact behavior.
Previously, it was believed that using was a choice, however we now know that for the person who is addicted, using is more important than life itself. The drugs alter the brain in such a way as to assert itself above survival. Once it is understood that the family member was not morally deficient but in fact suffering from an illness, progress can be made to mend past issues.
Family therapy sessions allow all members to address occurrences from the past and work through them. Everyone is taught coping mechanisms and communication techniques to further improve the functioning of the family unit. With help, everyone can heal and move forward.
Group therapy is a key component of addiction treatment programs. Group therapy intrinsically combats some of the more difficult aspects of addiction, such as isolation.
Many people used in isolation or were distant from others by hiding what or how much they were using. In group therapy, everyone relearns how to be open, honest and support others, which makes this therapeutic method a natural ally of addiction treatment.
There are several different types of groups, such as educational and experiential groups. Educational groups focus on the disease of addiction and all relevant other topics. For example, co-occurring disorders is an issue for many people, as well as relationship issues, spirituality, life skills, and many others.
Experiential groups allow all members to give and receive advice, giving each person the benefit of others experience and helping everyone get to know the others on an intimate level. Through group therapy, members form strong bonds, and gain affiliation support, identification, and gratification.
These groups are conducted with an atmosphere of brotherly love and mutual peer respect, which tends to result in supportive, life-long friendships.