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There are a range of treatment and support options available to you. Not all treatment requires you to stay at a facility. Our treatment approach considers all of your needs, medical or otherwise.

What to Expect

It can be scary thinking about seeking help for your addiction, especially if you are pregnant. What you need to know when seeking help is that your treatment is confidential. Voluntary substance use disorder (SUD) and medication assisted therapy for opioid use disorder (MAT) programs are a safe place for you to seek help. Your treatment provider will protect your privacy and not share information about your treatment without your consent  

If you are not already in the system, you cannot be reported to child protective services for voluntarily participating in treatment or leaving treatment. A treatment provider will only communicate with child protective services if your children are at risk of being abused or neglected, or if you already have a caseworker and have other children in the home.

If you are receiving inpatient, or residential treatment, there is a possibility that your children may be able to come with you. If you are in outpatient treatment and attending a group therapy program, you may be able to bring your children to the group or childcare may be available. Ask your treatment provider about child-care options.

Remember social services will only remove a child if they have a reason to believe there is risk of abuse or neglect. If you are being treated, you are showing that you are trying to make a better life for yourself and your child or children.

Questions Moms To Be Have

There are strategies to help increase the likelihood your baby will remain with you after birth. Talk to a social worker or Substance Use Counselor about these strategies. 

  • DHS process 
  • Hospital process for reporting OUD in pregnancy 

Information about your treatment is protected by law. Your treatment provider will protect your privacy and will not share any information regarding your treatment with anyone else without your consent.  

Slip ups and relapses are part of the journey to recovery. SUD providers know this and will not stop your treatment if you are sincerely seeking help. Your process may take several tries, and sometimes several different approaches. Providers are available to listen and provide unbiased support.  

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Understanding Maternal Substance Use

Maternal substance use disorder (SUD) is a medical term used to describe a psychological condition impacting one’s brain and actions, resulting in an inability to regulate the use of substances such as legal or illicit drugs, alcohol, or prescribed medications during pregnancy.  

Maternal substance use disorder is a problem with serious consequences for a baby’s development

Opioids

Opioid use disorder during pregnancy can lead to maternal death, poor fetal growth, preterm birth, stillbirth, birth defects and neonatal abstinence syndrome. 

Alcohol

Alcohol exposure during pregnancy can result in impaired fetal growth, stillbirth, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Lifelong issues can arise for babies born to mothers who drank during pregnancy. There are no current treatment options for fetal alcohol-related deficits.

Tobaco

Babies born to mothers who smoke or use nicotine during pregnancy incur damage to their brain and lungs. This damage is permanent. Nicotine also causes blood vessels to narrow, so the baby receives less oxygen and nutrients from their mother.

Methamphetamine

Meth use has been linked to increased risk for preterm delivery, poor growth, and low birth weight. Some studies suggest that methamphetamine use in pregnancy may increase maternal risk for high blood pressure, placental abruption, and fetal or infant death.

Cannabis

Cannabis use during pregnancy can be harmful to your baby’s health and put you at risk of pregnancy complications. The chemicals (THC) in cannabis pass through your system to your baby and may be harmful to development. Some research shows that using cannabis during pregnancy can lead to lower birth weights and abnormal cognitive development. Breathing cannabis smoke contains many of the toxic and cancer-causing chemicals found in tobacco smoke.

Cocaine

Babies born to mothers who use cocaine during pregnancy are often born too early, also have low birth weights, smaller head circumferences, and are shorter in length than babies born to mothers who do not use cocaine. 

It is difficult to determine exactly how a drug may affect an unborn baby or the consequences in any maternal SUD situation. This is due to the complexity of individual lives. What we do know is that your baby needs you, and you need to be healthy to be there for them. Addiction doesn’t have to own you. Addiction to a substance is a treatable condition, and like any other medical issue, it will harm your health until it gets treated.

You are not alone. There is no easy button to becoming and being a mom, but it can be better than it is right now. When you seek support, you will get medical help that will treat both your physical health and your mental wellbeing. 

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