If you’re pregnant and struggling with drug addiction, now is the time to seek help. Drugs and alcohol consumed during pregnancy are passed to your baby through the placenta. Pregnant women struggling with drug or alcohol abuse can talk with a doctor and counselor about getting help.
With proper help and recovery, pregnant mothers with substance abuse problems can protect their children from the consequences of addiction. Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy can cause numerous problems, including miscarriage or stillbirth, placenta abruption, premature labor or birth and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Addiction can also cause birth defects like small head circumference, low birth weight, development problems or sudden infant death syndrome.
Seeking help and overcoming addiction early in your pregnancy will increase the chances of having a healthy baby. Getting help and treatment for addiction are worth it for the health of your baby and you. Depending on the level of support you have, a doctor may recommend inpatient or outpatient care for addiction recovery.
Inpatient or residential care requires the patient to live at a treatment center during the process of detoxification and withdrawal. This kind of treatment can last from a few days to a few months, and it involves 24-hour care and supervision.
Outpatient care includes any program that allows the patient to live at home during treatment. This may involve anything from partial hospitalization to weekly therapy sessions.
Both options often include medical assistance as well as medication and therapy that works to build healthy habits, develop coping skills and create a newfound sense of self-confidence.
Build a support network you can rely on.
If you are pregnant and struggling with addiction, a recovering addict or stressed about your pregnancy, building a support network that will encourage your healthy habits and be there to help you is incredibly important.
Support networks can be friends and family, or they can be support groups who meet for the purpose of discussing pregnancy challenges and changes and making choices about adoption. These groups are sometimes led by a professional therapist or psychologist, but they don’t have to be that formal.
Taking care of your mental and emotional health is just as important as your physical health. In fact, having poor mental health can manifest itself in physical health problems. Surround yourself with loving and positive people who can share your highs and your lows while helping you to stay sane and strong.
Staying healthy — whether that means seeking medical help or having someone to talk to — isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it. Whether or not you are placing your child for adoption, both you and your baby deserve health and happiness.
How do you get help?
Contact Destiny Adoption so we can refer you to resources for medical care and drug addiction counseling. Medical professionals can help you with treatment, including administering methadone to manage opiate addiction during pregnancy.
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.