Everyone knows that women should not smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs while pregnant. For some women, though, these things are harder to give up than you would think, even when they know there is a human being developing inside their body. Addiction is a disease that affects all aspects of the user’s life. A recent study reports good news about addicted pregnant women who are also struggling.
The study involved 49,000 pregnant women in Kaiser Permanente’s prenatal care program. Researchers looked at the use of multiple substances among this population including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine, and heroin. Of the population, 2,073 women were enrolled in Kaiser Permanente’s prenatal substance abuse treatment program called Early Start.
The study’s findings showed that the outcomes for addicted women who received substance abuse treatment in conjunction with prenatal care were very similar to those women who did not use such substances. These positive outcomes were shown for mom and baby. The risk of complications normally attributed to substance use in pregnancy, such as low birth weight, preterm labor or delivery, and stillbirth, were virtually the same in the non-addicted women and the women in the substance abuse treatment program.
This research shows that with early prenatal care and substance abuse treatment, pregnant women can have the same results as a woman who does not smoke, drink or use drugs in pregnancy. It also shows that addicted women who become pregnant need to reach out for help as soon as they find out about their pregnancy. While not many doctors’ offices have a program that includes both prenatal care and substance abuse treatment, many treatment agencies, like Crossroads for Women, will work in conjunction with a pregnant woman’s doctor, to ensure the healthiest pregnancy possible.
Get Addiction Help From Crossroads Maine
Addiction can cause serious effects to an unborn baby. Thankfully, it is possible to get help for addicted pregnant women before the baby is directly affected. At Crossroads, we offer programs for new and expecting mothers to help them overcome addiction and prepare for a better life. Some of the programs we offer include:
- Group Therapy Program
- Individual Therapy Program
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Help is available to those who need it. Crossroads wants to help you or your loved one overcome addiction and live a healthier future. Addiction affects millions of Americans every year. The current opioid epidemic has claimed thousands of lives and done irreparable damage to relationships across the country. But there is always hope for a brighter and better tomorrow.
Addiction does not have to control your life any longer. With Crossroads Maine, you can make the change in your life and overcome addiction. Call 877.978.1667 today to talk to our addiction experts and learn about what programs can work for you. It’s time to start on your road to recovery.