It is an unfortunate fact that a large number of pregnant women abuse drugs or alcohol during their pregnancy. Although there are different reasons for this the outcome is generally the same. That is why there are rehab centers that cater specifically to pregnant women and their offspring.
Why Drug Abuse and Pregnancy
Drug abuse and pregnancy are a dangerous combination. A woman’s body undergoes drastic changes while she is pregnant, these changes sometimes cause other illnesses such as:
expression of underlying mental disorders,
high stress due to unwanted pregnancy, and
many other hormone related issues.
These issues can sometimes cause a woman to decide to start to drink, continue to drink, or use drugs while she is pregnant. This is unfortunately harmful to both mother and child.
What Happens when the Mother Abuses Drugs or Alcohol During Pregnancy?
Depending on the drug, there are a variety of ways that the body responds to drugs and alcohol during pregnancy. Not many of these ways are positive. A few things that can happen while someone is pregnant and using drugs are:
fetal alcohol syndrome,
low birth weight,
loss of motor development,
cognitive impairment, and
childhood drug addiction.
All of these are consequences that happen when a person uses drugs while pregnant.
Needs of Pregnant Women During Rehab
A pregnant woman’s needs vary while in rehab.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, pregnant women have specific needs while they are in rehab. For the most part the drugs that doctors ordinarily give to patients for help with withdrawal symptoms do not work with pregnant women. They affect the baby too much. Many of these drugs are too harsh for a prenatal environment.
Although there are some things that might help with a pregnant woman’s withdrawal symptoms, the majority of the symptoms are untreatable. Most rehabs try to keep the pregnant woman as comfortable as possible until she delivers. They then deal with any physical issues in the both mother and the baby after the baby is born.
Each case is different. The way that a rehab will treat a pregnant woman depends on:
what she is taking,
how far along in the pregnancy she is,
how much she takes on a regular basis,
what her support structure is,
what her plans are for after the baby is born, and
who likely the baby is affected by the drugs she’s taken.
If you or a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, inpatient rehab may be the best choice when it comes to treatment. Not all inpatient rehab centers are created equal and there are many questions you will want to ask and consider prior to choosing an inpatient rehab center. Here’s a look at….
During difficult economic times people often find themselves trying to find an effective drug or alcohol treatment center but simply cannot afford it. If you or a loved one has an alcohol or drug problem and wish to receive help there are several options that cost little or nothing at all. Many private residential facilities….
Unless you’ve been in a cave since the mid-1980’s, you know that drug use, particularly IV drug use, is correlated with HIV and AIDS. But over the last decade, the immune-deficiency disease hasn’t got the limelight it once did and people may not understand the risks associated with drug use and HIV. HIV/AIDS Basics A….
Casual drinkers, social drinkers and moderate drinkers can all fall prey to alcohol’s effects when the number of drinks consumed gradually increases over time. When withdrawal symptoms or “hangover” drive a person to drink as a means of relief, it’s likely a physical dependency is at work. Once a person starts drinking as a way….
While increasing rates of substance abuse continue to warrant cause for concern, the increasing rate of alcohol abuse among older adults is one of the fastest growing health problems in the United States. Alcohol abuse carries a range of health risks, both physical and psychological. These risks increase substantially for adults aged 60 and older…..
Cocaine abuse rapidly turns to addiction, and without the help of a professional treatment program, it is almost impossible to put a stop to one’s dangerous abuse of this substance. Call now to find rehab programs that offer safe, reliable treatment for cocaine addiction. Is Professional Treatment Necessary for Cocaine Addiction? Cocaine is one of….
Teenage Alcohol Abuse According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, by the age of 18, 70% of teenagers have had at least one alcoholic drink. Alcohol abuse among teenagers is not uncommon, and although young people tend to drink on fewer occasions than adults, they also drink far more than adults when they do….
Veterans form Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Freedom or one of the many other wars or fights that have recently been initiated from our country are finding themselves back at home and unable to cope with the trauma that was felt over seas. As a result, many veterans are turning to prescription medications as a way….
Free rehab facilities can be found all over the country, and patients who would otherwise not be able to afford inpatient rehab (or even outpatient rehab) can benefit from this treatment. There are also many facilities which do not offer completely free treatment but allow patients to pay either on a sliding scale or a….
Feelings of denial can cast a wide net within the life of an addict. The effects of drugs on the mind make it all but impossible for addicts to acknowledge, let alone confront, how drugs have damaged their lives. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as of 2009, an estimated 23.5 million people….