Being pregnant and addicted to drugs can be an overwhelming matter to handle. Emotions are high and emotional stability may be low. A pregnant woman may not be able to handle the added stress or emotions that come along with pregnancy. That goes even more for women who are suffering from an addiction.
Addictions are caused by genetics and is born as a brain disease that is chronic in nature. Stress, emotions, depression and anxiety are a few of the reasons people turn to the use of drugs or alcohol. Some people may find relief when using an addictive substance and the relief is so great they keep turning to that substance. Eventually the body needs more and more of the substance in order to receive the same “high” and then the body will become addicted and require the substance in order to function.[divider] [box size=”large” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Alcoholics and their families must keep in mind that addiction is a disease and that this disease is treatable. Women that suffer from the disease of addiction can and do recover![/box] [unordered_list style=”tick”]
- But what if you are pregnant and addicted?
- There are treatment options available for you as well.
Being addicted to opiates such as heroin or OxyContin will require a medical detoxification program. A medical detoxification program is a gradual process that is administered under the direct supervision and care of a physician. A doctor will come up with a treatment plan that is tailored to the pregnant addict. We work with doctors that specialize in subutex detox, and subutex is used to replace the drug or choice and is scheduled to be taken at certain times of the day. Over time the dose of subutex will be decreased until it is no longer needed.
It may also require medication assisted treatment for the women until the child is born.