Heroin Detox

Pine Tree Recovery is a premier center for detox and rehabilitation from heroin use as well as other substances and is located mere minutes from downtown Portland, Maine. The center provides medically proven programs, an accomplished staff of medical and therapy specialists, and state-of-the-art facilities to successfully assist people through detoxification and onto the road to long-term recovery.

Affects of Heroin on the Brain and Body

Heroin use quickly impacts the brain’s reward system and produces a feeling of being “high”. But as the body becomes more accustom to its use, tolerance increases and more of the drug is required to reach the same high.

Users who have become dependent on heroin will commonly need to increase the dosage and/or its frequency of use to continue to get the same desired high which seems to only intensify and complicate the problem.

Withdrawal from Heroin

Heroin users will start to experience withdrawal symptoms within about six to 12 hours from the last dose taken. People have described the initial withdrawal symptoms as being similar to a bad case of the flu but have also stated that it feels like it only gets worse from there. The duration of the withdrawal process depends on how much, and for how long, heroin has been used as well as the client’s overall drug history.

Attempting to manage heroin withdrawal on your own, or going “cold turkey”, is not recommended due to the intense symptoms and affects that it has on your body and mind and also because it’s not possible to pinpoint the exact severity or for how long the acute phase of withdrawal will last. Many former addicts have claimed that the worst of the symptoms take place on or about the fourth day of detox and were extremely glad not to be dealing with the process on their own.

Longer Lasting Symptoms

Generally, after about two weeks without heroin use, the worst of the physical withdrawal has passed, but it’s important to note that there are additional symptoms that people going through heroin withdrawal will most likely have to face. Depression, fatigue, and extreme irritability are the most prominent of the longer lasting symptoms and can be felt for months ahead. Users may consider that without the drug in their system, they will easily return to feeling like their “old self” once again but haven’t taken into consideration the emotional or physical damage that the drug may have already caused.

Pine Tree Recovery – Setting Clients Up for Success

Inpatient withdrawal is essential for users withdrawing from heroin. Around the clock medical supervision helps patients through the acute phase of detox in the most comfort as possible while preparing a plan for long-term rehabilitation.
At the start of detox, relapse is all too common for those attempting to “go it alone”. The physical symptoms are at their worst, and if accompanied by high anxiety, the desire for that old heroin rush can easily take over. Receiving medical and emotional support from our professional staff greatly helps patients to avoid the risk of relapse and our center provides patients with a place where patients can be supported, educated, and understood without preconceived notions or judgement.

Individual Treatment Plans

No two detox experiences are exactly the same. The specific side-effects and their subsequent longevity will depend on the individual’s health, underlying mental issues and personal drug history. Our team takes special care to make a thorough assessment of each client as they arrive at the center. The Pine Tree team implements individual medical programs for each client by customizing medical practices that have been proven to succeed. At the same time our therapists devise a long-term support program to help the client take back control of their life and successfully continue on their path to full recovery and rehabilitation.

Therapies at Pine Tree

While an inpatient at Pine Tree, clients will begin a program of therapy which will provide the tools – education, support, resources – to cope with stresses and “old” triggers over the coming weeks and months to ensure a happy, healthy and drug-free future.
Within the Pine Tree Recovery Center, we offer individual and group therapies as well as an optional 12 step-style program. The center is equipped with recreational and exercise facilities and our in-house chef provides nutrient-rich meals to help build personal strength and educate clients on better eating habits for the future.
The environment we offer is a positive one where patients can decide to engage with others at similar or more progressive stages of the process. Peer support has proven to provide positive reinforcement to clients, especially at the initial stages of rehabilitation.

Case Management and Aftercare

Throughout your stay at Pine Tree Recovery Center, a case manager will work closely with each client to liaise with concerned family members, become a personal advocate, and simply provide additional support as each client progresses through their program. Case managers work with external agencies to develop a plan for a client to leave our center and return home or to a half-way house or similar facility.

When you visit Pine Tree, you become part of our family. We are here to support you in your journey today, tomorrow, and for a lifetime of success.

Recovery Is Possible

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