Are you pregnant and struggling with drug addiction? Or are you a birth mom struggling with addiction post-adoption?
There is help and healing for you.
Often, people identify themselves by their addictions, illnesses and diseases. They view them as part of who they are, but you are not your addiction. Your addiction, just like any other chronic disease, shouldn’t carry a stigma. Rather than give your attention to stigma or shame, give your attention proper treatment, care and healing.
According to HelpGuide.org, a trusted guide to mental and emotional health, “Committing to sobriety involves changing many things, including:
- the way you deal with stress
- who you allow in your life
- what you do in your free time
- how you think about yourself
- the prescription and over-the-counter medications you take.”
Breaking the cycle of addiction and your suffering requires that you first recognize you have a problem. Next, you have to decide to make a change. It requires your willpower, but it also requires your willingness to receive help and support.
For example, opioid addiction, including heroin, morphine and prescription pain relievers, is best addressed with medication-assisted treatment. This form of treatment yields the highest rate of success.
Medication-assisted treatment is often in the form of methadone maintenance treatments, especially if you’re pregnant. Studies have shown methadone treatment can at least double your odds of staying drug-free after 18 months, and it reduces the rate of deaths caused by overdose.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in 2014 showed that almost 80 percent of individuals suffering from a drug addiction disorder also struggled with an alcohol addiction disorder. For alcohol addiction, treatment may also include detox and prescribed medications.
Addiction treatments, however, must be followed up or combined with therapy to determine what caused the drug and/or alcohol addiction(s). Medical care and supervision for treatment and therapy are vital.
For complete recovery from substance abuse, addiction treatment is based on your individual needs and situation, and it can include:
- Assessment of substance abuse and dual/co-occurring disorders
- Professional treatment plan
- Medically prescribed and supervised detox
- Individual counseling and group and/or family therapy
- 12-step program
- Life skills training classes
- Lifelong aftercare plan
Almost 40% of adults with a substance abuse disorder also suffer from a mental health disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For this reason, your willingness to receive help and support, such as counseling, education and aftercare, is vital to your long-term health and wellness.
Who can help?
Contact Destiny Adoption so we can refer you to resources for medical care and drug addiction counseling. Destiny believes in you and that the best outcome and your best destiny is yet to come.
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.