Being pregnant is very exciting and a somewhat overwhelming time for all women. It’s a time when women really start to think about their health, the health of their baby and health-related care for both. If a pregnant woman is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they can become very overwhelmed or confused. Emotions are high during pregnancy, hormones are causing havoc and the added complications associated with an addiction are not healthy for the mother or unborn baby. The thought of becoming a parent may be scary, and cause someone to reach out to their addiction for what they think is “support”. It’s not. Turning to drugs and alcohol to help overcome fears is not the way to go.
If you are pregnant and have an addiction, prolonging the use of drugs or alcohol can increase the risk of complications and birth defects to your unborn child. Getting help should be the first step you take. Choosing recovery can be a difficult process, but with the correct support system, anyone can change their lifestyle and overcome their addiction
Detox During Pregnancy
Non-opiate detox during pregnancy is safe for both mother and child, if done properly while under the care of a doctor. The process is not always pleasant, but if treatment occurs early enough during the pregnancy the baby can be born as a non addicted, healthy baby. It greatly decreases the chances that the baby will be born with birth defects, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or Fetal Alcohol affects.
Women who are pregnant and addicted to opiates such as heroin, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone or OxyContin will need to speak with a doctor and have a specialized addiction treatment plan. Women over the age of 35 or who have co-occurring disorders may have an increased risk of complications during detox. Your doctor will need to know your complete medical history in order to develop the best plan for attacking your addiction. Pregnant women should not attempt to detox without medical supervision.
Complications of Detox During Pregnancy
Detoxing from opiates is very dangerous, uncomfortable, and could lead to medical complications during pregnancy. The easiest method used for detoxing from opiates is by using subutex. Subutex is a synthetic drug that allows a patient to slowly detox with the supervision of their doctor. Using methadone, another drug used for detoxing pregnant women, comes with more risks to the baby while in-vitro and a longer detox on the infant once born. Overall, using subutex to detox from opiate addictions is much safer than any other method for both mom and baby.
How Long Does Detox Last?
Under normal circumstances, detoxing with subutex can take a few days up to a few weeks. Federal practicals require that mom be maintained on a minimal dose until deleag reduce the risks of premature labor. Using subutex to detox during pregnancy will take longer. The process of detoxing during pregnancy must be controlled and supervised for the safety of the mother and unborn child. The drug that is normally used is replaced with doses of subutex that are given at a certain time.
ADD PARAGRAPH ON DETOXING FROM ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS
Pregnant women begin their stay at a medically based facility so the baby and mother can be evaluated and monitored. While in that medical setting, the mother is titrated off of any opiates and or benzodiazepines and started on medications that are nonaddictive.
What should I do if I’m Pregnant and Addicted?
If you’re asking this question, then you are ready to seek help. We know that if you choose to call us – we will help you find the treatment you need. We are committed to helping you find the treatment that is the best fit for you and your family. We look forward to guiding you through this process.
When looking for a treatment center, you should make certain the facility is equipped to handle pregnant women. There are some treatment centers that are not properly equipped or may not have the knowledge to help with detoxing during pregnancy. Certain facilities, such as ours, will also allow you to bring children into treatment with you so you can live together as a family.
How soon should I get treatment?
The answer is immediately. The longer you wait, the chances of complications during your pregnancy increase. The longer you wait, the chances of birth defects increase. If treatment is sought before the end of your pregnancy, the baby could be born sober and addiction-free, decrease chance of birth defects, and giving your child a chance for a healthier life for themselves and the gift of a mother in recovery.