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Addiction Treatment for Expecting Mothers in New Jersey
Substance use and substance problems are significant issues for adults across America. That includes a sizable number of the nation’s expectant mothers. The use of drugs or alcohol creates major risks for pregnant women and their developing children. These risks are magnified even further by the presence of diagnosable substance use disorder (SUD). But with help, expectant mothers affected by SUDs can regain their sobriety and end their children’s exposure to drugs and alcohol.
Are you or someone you know in need of addiction treatment for expecting mothers in New Jersey? Turn to the experienced professionals at Relevance Recovery. We feature unique program options for pregnant women affected by substance use disorders. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible recovery resources for you and your unborn child.
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Substance Use During Pregnancy – Statistics and Risk Factors
Roughly one in every 20 pregnant women in America drinks alcohol or uses drugs. While this number is substantial, it represents a significant decline since the end of the 20th century. At least a dozen factors can increase the odds that you or your loved one will take part in substance use during pregnancy, including:
- Use of drugs or alcohol prior to becoming pregnant
- Exposure to serious trauma as a child
- Having an unplanned pregnancy
- Getting pregnant during adolescence or early adulthood
- A history of exposure to intimate partner violence, i.e., domestic violence
- The presence of mental illness
- Having a serious physical health issue
- Lack of understanding regarding the potential effects of substance use on a developing fetus
- Living in a high-stress environment
- Not completing high school
- Having ready access to alcohol or drugs
- Being unemployed
One particularly widespread issue is not knowing that you’re pregnant when drinking or taking drugs. When they find out they’re pregnant, many women halt their substance use. However, as a rule, this is far easier said than done if you’re clinically addicted to a given substance.
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The Dangers of Using Drugs or Alcohol While Pregnant
Like anyone else who misuses drugs or alcohol, an expecting mother runs the risk of developing major health problems. One of the most prominent of those problems is substance use disorder, an illness that includes both addiction and serious substance abuse. Another common concern is overdose, which occurs when your basic body function is overwhelmed by the substance(s) in your system. In addition, drug and alcohol misuse increases risks for a host of chronic physical and mental conditions.
During pregnancy, women share their bloodstreams with those of their developing children. This reality creates a very real danger of fetal harm triggered by alcohol or drug exposure. Different forms of harm are connected with the use of various addictive substances. For example, use of alcohol while pregnant can lead to the onset of a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Potential short- and long-term consequences of an FASD include:
- Premature childbirth
- Delayed or reduced growth during early childhood
- Intellectual and learning disabilities
- Childhood sleep difficulties
- Memory and concentration problems
- Hearing and vision difficulties
Women who drink during pregnancy are also more likely to miscarry or deliver a stillborn child.
If you misuse opioid drugs or medications while pregnant, you may go into labor well before your expected due date. Frequent rising and falling of your blood levels of opioids can also lead to problems such as:
- Restricted fetal growth
- Seizures in your unborn child
- Separation of your placenta from your uterine wall
For more information on the risks associated with any addictive substance, talk to the specialists at Relevance Recovery.
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How Addiction Treatment for Expecting Mothers in New Jersey Can Help
Compared to women who aren’t pregnant, pregnant women who drink or use drugs have increased risks of developing an SUD. Unfortunately, they also have lower odds of getting help for their substance problems. To determine if you or your loved one should enter treatment, your doctor may provide something called Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). This procedure can:
- Identify the presence of SUDs
- Calculate the seriousness of any SUD affecting you
- Help determine the best treatment options for your drug or alcohol recovery
In many ways, SUD treatment for pregnant women resembles treatment for anyone else. However, special considerations are also required. That’s true because any recovery plan created for you must also take the health of your developing child into account. The goal is to help you stop drinking or using drugs while minimizing any potential risks for your child. You can meet this goal with help from a program designed specifically for expecting mothers.
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Specifics of Alcohol and Drug Rehab for
Pregnant Women in New Jersey
What kinds of options are used in addiction and substance abuse treatment for pregnant women? The answer to this question depends, in large part, on the type of SUD affecting you or your loved one. For example, a treatment plan for a pregnant woman with alcohol problems will likely be based on psychotherapy and medication.
Psychotherapy for pregnant women with alcohol SUDs focuses on behavioral change. The general goal is to adapt behaviors that help you do things such as:
- Increase your motivation to complete the treatment process
- Understand the root causes of your excessive alcohol use
- Develop everyday habits that steer you away from drinking
Your doctor may also recommend one of the three medications used to treat alcohol problems. However, it’s important to balance the potential risks of these medications for pregnant women against the treatment benefits they provide.
Therapy and medication are also important for pregnant women with opioid problems. The two medications of choice are the short-term opioid replacements buprenorphine and methadone. Use of either of these options not only helps you quit using opioids. It can also help protect the health of your developing child.
Talk to us today for more information on how we help pregnant women addicted to opioids, alcohol, or any other substance.
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Call on Relevance Recovery for Addiction Treatment for Expecting Mothers in New Jersey
Addiction treatment is a vital resource for pregnant women affected by substance use disorders. However, far too often, expecting mothers don’t get professional help. This negatively affects not only their own health and welfare but also that of their developing children.
Looking for specialized addiction treatment for expecting mothers in New Jersey? Turn to the in-state experts at Relevance Recovery. We place a top priority on helping pregnant women recover effectively from drug or alcohol problems. Our customized program helps you overcome your SUD while also safeguarding fetal well-being. For more information on our comprehensive outpatient approach, just contact us today.