If you’re searching online for “pregnant and addicted to drugs,” know that there is help.
Pregnancy and addiction don’t mix. But you know that. You don’t need a lecture, judgment or criticism. What you need is support and understanding.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is defined as a “chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her.” If addiction is defined as a disease, then why not treat it like any other mental health issue?
Dr. Gabor Maté, a specialist in drug addition, spoke on the subject in CBS interview “A cry for compassion in treating addiction” and said, “Don’t ask the question ‘why the addiction,’ but ‘why the pain?'”
If you are depressed or anxious, you’re encouraged to seek help. If you’re struggling with addiction, it’s no different. The pain and heartbreak that addiction can cause you and those around you is not what you deserve.
If you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and addiction, understanding, help and support are here for you. For your safety and well-being and your baby’s, reach out.
A Boston Globe STAT article says, “Babies born to drug-addicted mothers go cold turkey when the umbilical cord is cut … Some babies are as rigid as boards. Many jerk or twitch constantly … Some have serious trouble breathing or go into convulsions.” Treating a drug-dependent baby takes time and nurturing.
Get that time and nurturing now while you’re pregnant — for you and your baby.
Addiction and pregnancy, involving drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, can lead to:
- Miscarriage and stillbirth
- Premature labor and birth
- Fetal alcohol disorders
- Neonatal abstinence syndrome
- Sudden infant death syndrome
- Microcephaly or small head circumference
- Low birth weight
- Developmental and behavioral problems
Who can help?
Contact Destiny Adoption so we can refer you to resources for medical care and drug addition counseling. Medical professionals can help you with treatment, including administering methadone to manage opiate addiction during pregnancy.
In this interview, a young woman describes her struggle to overcome addiction after using heroin during two pregnancies. Her story shows that you can let go of the pain and let go of the addiction. You can do it.
Destiny believes in you and that the best outcome and destiny is yet to come — for our birth moms and babies.
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.