Drug addiction and abuse are never safe, but it can prove especially dangerous if you are struggling with addiction while you are pregnant. Perinatal substance abuse endangers both your life and the life of your unborn child. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to treat substance abuse during pregnancy and improve the quality of life for you and your child.
Perinatal substance abuse can have several adverse effects on both the mother and child. These can include:
Exogenous opioids are opioids that come from external sources. Examples include morphine, heroin, and fentanyl. They differ from endogenous opioids that are produced in the brain.1
Despite increased awareness about the dangers of opioid abuse, the opioid epidemic continues to rage all over the world and is a major factor in prenatal substance exposure.
One study looked at a sample of thirty women who had a substance abuse problem during their pregnancy. Twelve women in the group admitted to using prescription opioid analgesics such as Vicodin, Percocet, and Fentanyl.
Infants who are exposed to opioids exhibit symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) which include hyperirritability and dysfunctions in the nervous system, respiratory syndrome, and gastrointestinal tract.2
Perinatal substance abuse isn’t easy to deal with, but fortunately, perinatal treatment services are available. Possible treatment options are explained below.
Patients have the option of doing inpatient or outpatient rehab. Inpatient rehab is beneficial as it means patients are in treatment 24/7. The staff can oversee their treatment and make adjustments as needed. However, outpatient rehab may be a better option for mothers as it allows them to split their time between recovery and caring for their baby.
Soledad House provides personalized care for women. Our team of highly-trained mental health professionals will work with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan to ensure your success in recovery.
Perinatal substance abuse is not healthy for you or your child. Reach out to Soledad House for the help you need today.