Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 Serenity Knolls 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Serenity Knolls Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Causes & Effects of PCP Addiction

Understanding PCP Addiction

Learn About PCP Addiction & Abuse

PCP, which is short for phencyclidine, is a highly dangerous substance that possesses powerful effects that include hallucinations and dissociation. This drug, which is also referred to as rocket fuel, angel dust, and wet,  most often appears in powder or tablet form, and is most commonly consumed by swallowing, snorting, smoking, or injecting it. PCP can impair one’s ability to perceive sound and sight correctly, and can also bring on a sense of detachment from one’s surroundings. Those who ingest PCP might experience paranoia, anxiety, delusions, and may also act in a manner that is reckless, aggressive, or otherwise dangerous.

PCP abuse can cause extreme psychological and physical harm, with short and long-term effects including memory damage, impaired cognition, addiction, and psychosis. Once an individual has become dependent on PCP, it can be challenging, and nearly impossible, to defeat the compulsion to keep abusing this drug without effective professional treatment.

Statistics

PCP Abuse Statistics

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that more than 120,000 adolescents and adults within the United States have abused PCP at least once within the past year. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the prevalence of lifetime use of PCP sits at about 2.5% of the U.S. population. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the annual number of PCP-related emergency room visits in the United States grew from just under 15,000 to more than 75,000, which is an increase of more than 400%, in a recent 5-year period.

Causes & Risks

Causes and Risk Factors for PCP Abuse

The APA reports that experts have amassed only limited information regarding genetic and environmental risk factors that might increase an individual’s risk for abusing or becoming addicted to PCP. The APA does state that those who are treated for PCP are often younger than those who are treated for other types of substance abuse, are less educated, and are more likely to live in the West and Northeast areas of the United States.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of PCP Abuse

An individual who has been abusing PCP might show the following signs and symptoms:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Spending significant time acquiring, using, or recovering from PCP
  • Behaving in illegal, reckless, and/or otherwise dangerous ways
  • Aggression or violence
  • Use of PCP in situations where it is obviously dangerous to do so
  • Continuing to use PCP even after experiencing negative repercussions related to prior use

Physical symptoms:

  • Breathing problems
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle twitches and spasms
  • Rapid heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Vision problems

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Diminished decision-making skills
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Dissociation
  • Amnesia

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Loss of interest in significant activities
  • Dramatic mood shifts
  • Social withdrawal
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
Lasting Effects

Effects of PCP Abuse

The untreated abuse of or addiction to PCP can lead to many dangerous outcomes, including the following:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Death
  • Chronic unemployment
  • Arrest and incarceration
  • Homelessness
  • Strained interpersonal relationships
  • Academic failure and expulsion
  • Job loss
  • Brain damage
  • Psychosis
  • Family discord
  • Impaired motor skills
Co-Occurring Disorders

PCP Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders

Those who abuse or who become addicted to PCP might have an increased risk for the following co-occurring mental health disorders:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Additional substance use disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of PCP Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of PCP withdrawal: If an individual has been partaking in continued PCP abuse, stopping the use of this drug can trigger the onset of the symptoms below:

  • Memory problems
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Seizures
  • Diminished capacity for speech
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Twitching muscles
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Confusion

Effects of PCP overdose: An individual who shows the following symptoms after consuming PCP might have experienced an overdose, and is in need of immediate medical attention:

  • Catatonia
  • Coma
  • Rapid uncontrolled lateral eye movements
  • Unconsciousness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Convulsions
  • Agitation
  • Psychosis

Fortunately, there is treatment available for those who seek it, and it is possible to end one’s addiction to PCP once and for all.

I struggled with my PCP for close to 2 years before seeking treatment. But, from my first day at Serenity Knolls to my last, I felt that everyone cared. The staff (many of whom are in recovery themselves) really understood what I was going through and that really helped me.

– Sean C.