It’s a sad reality that opiate use is rising across the country with overdoses from these substances at an all-time high. Unfortunately, opiate addiction is striking individuals at all stages of life, including during pregnancy. Sadly, 4.4 percent of all pregnant women report illicit drug use in the past 30 days, according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health. One percent of women have reported non-medical use of opioid-containing pain medication, and 0.1 percent have used heroin.
Effects Of Opiate Addiction In Pregnancy
For pregnant women, opiate addiction can be incredibly devastating because it affects both the mother and the baby. Because of this, treatment is extremely challenging and complex. During the first trimester, codeine, oxycodone and other prescription opioids have been linked to congenital heart defects. Heroin use is linked with an increased risk of fetal growth restriction, abruptio placentae (placental abruption), preterm labor and fetal death. There are also the longer-lasting withdrawal effects after birth.
Treatment For Opiate Addiction During Pregnancy
For more than 30 years, methadone has been a standard treatment for opiate addiction during pregnancy.
This is also currently being used for non-heroin opioid addiction. The goal for opioid-assisted treatment during pregnancy is to minimize complications and encourage prenatal care.
Where To Get Help For Opiate Addiction During Pregnancy
Are you or a loved one struggling with opiate addiction while pregnant? While this can be a very difficult situation, it’s important to know that help is available. Local treatment for opiate addiction can be found through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. On the administration’s website, opiate treatment program directories are available by state, including phone numbers to call for immediate help.
Because of the specific complexities involved with opiate addiction during pregnancy, Summit Behavioral Health does not offer treatment to women who are pregnant.
However, it’s important to know that help is available. Don’t wait another day to get help. Opiate addiction is a serious condition that requires professional help, particularly during pregnancy.
Post-Pregnancy Opiate Addiction Treatment
If you are a new mother who is continuing to battle opiate addiction, Summit Behavioral Health may be the right choice for you to get the help you need. Call us now to speak with an addiction specialist.