Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Acadiana Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Acadiana Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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PCP Abuse & Addiction Signs, Effects & Symptoms

Acadiana Treatment Center helps individuals struggling with PCP addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Louisiana, Acadiana is the premier provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adults.

Understanding PCP Addiction

Learn About PCP Abuse & Addiction

PCP or phencyclidine is a crystalline synthetic illegal substance that offers anesthetic properties. PCP was originally developed as a surgical anesthetic under the name Sernyl in the 1950’s but was never used in medicine due to bizarre and seriously negative side effects that included agitation, delusions and irrational thinking.

PCP, a Schedule II controlled substance, produces its hallucinogenic effects as a NMDA receptor antagonist in the brain that blocks the activity of NMDA receptors in the brain and is significantly more dangerous than other categories of hallucinogens, such as ketamine (“Special K”), nitrous oxide (“whippets”), tileamine, and the cough-suppressant dextromethorphan. Used recreationally, the sedating effects of PCP, known on the streets as “angel dust,” “illy,” and “wet,” lead to a trance-like state during which people feel detached from their bodies and the environment around them. Many people who use PCP report feeling as if they are observing themselves from up above.

PCP may take the form of a tablet, capsule or colored powder. Most frequently sold on the streets as a powder or liquid it is abused by swallowing, snorting, smoking or injecting. The strong taste of PCP is masked by applying it to herbs such as the leaves of mint, oregano, parsley or tobacco. Sometimes PCP is applied to marijuana leaves to create a more potent effect.

Unfortunately, PCP is also a very addictive drug, which further increases the negative consequences associated with its use. Individuals who abuse PCP will develop a tolerance to the drug, and if they quit using, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Once an addiction to PCP has developed, it can be extremely challenging to overcome without effective professional help.


Statistics for PCP Addiction

For individuals 12 and older the previous year prevalence rate was estimated at 0.10% while the lifetime prevalence rate was estimated at 2.5%.  However, there appears to be a significant age difference in use of this substance.

For adolescents ages 12-17 the estimated prevalence rate for the past year was 0.20% while the lifetime prevalence rate was estimated at 0.40%.  For young adults ages 18 to 25 the past month estimate was 0.2% while the lifetime estimate was 1%. Finally, for those ages 26 or older estimates for the past year prevalence rate was 0.00% while the lifetime estimate was estimated at 3.00%.

Causes & Risks

Causes & Risk Factors of PCP Addiction

Genetic: Those who have a first-degree relative who abuses drugs are more likely to abuse drugs than others without a similar family history. While there is only limited research related to hallucinogens, there is some support suggesting that those with a first-degree relative who used hallucinogens is at greater risk for abusing hallucinogens.

Brain Chemistry: PCP, like all drugs of addiction, affects the brain’s reward center.  Under normal circumstances the brain responds to situations that are pleasurable by releasing the dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for communication within the brain. PCP among other drugs, interferes with the communication process, causing the neurons in the brain to flood the brain with dopamine. The increased amount and length of dopamine flooding is what causes the high associated with taking PCP.

Brain Chemical Imbalances: Sometimes individuals have certain chemical imbalances with the brain. Some individuals have chemical imbalances that lead to lower levels of pleasure or increased negative mood states. When individuals come into contact with a substance that improves these states and creates pleasure it is very difficult to decide to return to the former state.

Environmental: While it is clear that there is a genetic predisposition to developing drug-related disorders including PCP abuse, this does not mean that everyone with the predisposition will develop such a disorder. Research shows that life stressors and other environmental influences account for about 50% of the risk that someone with such a predisposition will go on to develop the disorder.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms of PCP Addiction


  • Psychological cravings
  • Continued use despite awareness that it is resulting in psychological problems
  • Sedation or becoming overly calm
  • Euphoria
  • Mood swings
  • Intense anger


  • Drug is used in higher doses or more frequently than intended
  • Unsuccessful attempts to cut down
  • The individual spends a lot of time obtaining, using, or recovering from PHP
  • Inability to fulfill major life responsibilities
  • Important activities given up due to the use of PCP Loss of important relationships
  • Unusual behavior results in individuals ostracizing the individual
  • Social withdrawal due to odd perceptions of others and living in a dreamlike state which precludes the ability to interact
  • Loss of relationships due to arguments over drug use
  • Consequences of drug intoxication
  • Physical fights


  • Physical cravings
  • Continued use despite being aware that it is resulting in physiological problems
  • Tolerance or the need for increasing amounts of the drug to produce the desired feelings
  • Numbness
  • Slurred speech
  • Blank, wall-eyed stare
  • Hypertension
  • Tachycardia Muscle spasms
  • Lung secretions
  • Stuttering


  • Inability to make decision
  • Amnesia
  • Lack of motivation
  • Getting caught up in a delusional system to the point the individual believes that is reality all the time
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis

Effects of PCP Addiction

The effects of long-term PCP addiction and abuse affect nearly every aspect of an individual’s life. Some of the effects of PCP use and abuse include:

  • Feeling numb
  • Lack of coordination
  • Darting eye movements
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Feeling invincible
  • Feeling of no pain
  • Willingness to harm self
  • Lacks rational judgement
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety
  • Sense of impending doom
  • Paranoia
  • Extreme violence
  • Intense aggression
  • Psychosis
  • Brain damage
  • Suicidal thoughts

PCP addiction and abuse commonly occurs with a number of different disorders. These co-occurring disorders include:

  • Alcoholism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance Abuse
Withdrawal Effects

Effects & Symptoms of Withdrawal from PCP

Withdrawal from PCP is a very dangerous process that should only be performed under the careful supervision of trained medical professionals. Withdrawal symptoms of PCP include the following:

  • Decreased reflexes
  • Weight loss
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Speech difficulties
  • Depression
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Coma
  • Suicide
  • Death

Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help abusers of PCP overcome their addictions and rediscover a sober life.

A Foundation for Recovery

At Acadiana Treatment Center, we aim to help each client attain a thorough understanding of the concerns they're facing and learn how to find relief. Our treatment focuses on thorough education and employs proven methods of individualized treatment.

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I abused PCP for almost 2 years. I almost lost everything. In a last ditch effort to save myself, I asked for my family to help admit me to Acadiana's addiction program. They obliged and the rehab treatment was the first time in a long time that I could see clearly. I stayed the course, am now sober and stay active in their continuing care programs. Acadiana is a great facility and anyone considering getting help should take a serious look into their addiction program.

– Anonyous Patient
We are affiliated with the following organizations, which provide accreditation, education, and training to ensure quality mental health and addiction treatment.
  • Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • The Jason Foundation