Providing a Solution for the Pregnant Mother in Need

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 32,000 babies were born dependent on opioids in the U.S. in 2014. Every 15 minutes a baby is born suffering from opiate withdrawal.

Research has shown that women with substance use disorders who receive opioid maintenance treatment have better birth outcomes than those who do not. The sooner a woman begins to receive treatment, the better the outcome for her and her baby.

The safest and most accurate way to stop using addictive substances is through medical detox, and it is essential for pregnant women. Detox during pregnancy should be closely supervised by trained professionals, as withdrawal symptoms can be harmful to the fetus. Therefore, if a pregnant woman is physically dependent on a substance, medical oversight during detox is considered the safest course of action for both the mother and the unborn baby.

Detoxing from Opiates while Pregnant
If you or a loved one is dependent on opiates during pregnancy, there is help. Medication- assisted treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorders is proven to show the best results for both mother and child. Counseling will also be an essential part of your detox. Once you have completed detox, you will need to explore the causes of your addiction and gather the tools to stay on the path of recovery.

Addiction to drugs and alcohol affects over five percent of all pregnant women. Detoxing from drugs while pregnant is essential for your health and the health of your child.

Research shows that babies born to women who receive medication-assisted treatment fare better than those whose mothers receive no treatment. Studies have also shown that opioid maintenance is more effective than opioid detoxification. Women who participate in medically- assisted treatment are more likely to stay in treatment longer, are more consistent about obstetric appointments.
Medication assisted treatment improves pregnancy outcomes for women with opioid-use disorders. The best outcomes are achieved when women are enrolled in a substance abuse treatment program. The most important aspects of therapy for opioid-use disorders during pregnancy is to provide medical support to prevent withdrawal during pregnancy, minimize fetal exposure to illicit substances, and engage the mother as a leader in her recovery. Medication- assisted treatment and substance – use disorder counseling is strongly encouraged for all women with opioid use disorders because medication alone is not sufficient for long term recovery. 

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: When a baby who was exposed to opioids in the womb is born, the infant may show signs of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. NAS is a term for a group of problems a baby experiences when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics. NAS affects the central, autonomic, and gastrointestinal systems and includes a wide range of 

Symptoms: 

  • Poor intrauterine growth
  • Premature birth
  • Seizures
  • Birth defects
  • Tremors (trembling)
  • Irritability (excessive crying)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Sweating
  • Fever or unstable temperature
  • Sleep problems
  • High-pitched crying
  • Tight muscle tone
  • Poor feeding

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