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Garden of New Beginnings offers a Pregnant Addiction Treatment Program for women struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction.
Pregnant Addiction Treatment
At Garden of New Beginnings we love and nurture each mother back to life who enters our pregnant addiction treatment program. Pregnancy can be a very overwhelming and stressful time in a woman’s life. Pregnancy involves: mixed emotions, hormonal episodes, confusion and the stress of everyday life. These daily stressors can be doubled or tripled, especially if the pregnant women is using or abusing substances and/or alcohol. Many pregnant women, who use/abuse substances and/or alcohol during their pregnancy, may feel a sense of guilt or shame.
Here at Garden of New Beginnings, we have created a Pregnant Addiction Treatment program for mothers who are potentially dependent on substances and/or alcohol. We have a full medical staff onsite to ensure your health and your baby’s well-being. Many pregnant women, who are addicted to some form of substances and/or alcohol, become more aware how those substances may be affecting their baby. Using and abusing substances can be devastating to the pregnant mother and her child. She may feel ashamed or that she cannot talk to her friends or her family about her addiction, out of fear of judgment.
There exists a common misconception centered on women using or abusing drugs in early pregnancy. This misconception is, “what’s done is done” and it may be too late to seek help”. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, if the mother chooses to seek help with her drug addiction, the Fetus’ growth and development will compensate and develop at a higher rate of growth.
The health of both the unborn child and the pregnant mother is the primary focus of your care while you are here at Garden of New Beginnings. The preferred goal is for the mother to complete her treatment program. This helps to establish that the mother is in a healthy direction to provide care for her child.
When you enter Garden of New Beginnings Pregnant Addiction Treatment Program, we are here for you every step of the way. We have onsite medical staff, to help make sure you and your baby are in the best health possible to begin your journey to recovery.
Complications of drinking or using while pregnant
There are many complications a fetus, baby or newborn child may have to overcome due to a mother abusing drugs and/or alcohol during her pregnancy. We want to lessen these complications and risks by helping each mother learn to live substance free and gain sobriety.
Many different complications may arise when a mother uses and/or abuses drugs/alcohol during her pregnancy. Drugs can change the functionality of the placenta by causing the blood vessels to constrict, thus reducing the oxygen supply and nutrients to the fetus from the mother. Listed below are some of the complications of using drugs while pregnant.
- Heart Defects
- Premature Birth
- Preterm Labor
- Low Birth Weight
- Hepatitis C
The most known used substance in pregnancy is nicotine, then alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. Between 2001 and 2010, the United States saw a huge rise in opiate use during pregnancy, with an “epidemic” of opiate prescription misuse. Pregnant women may be fearful of losing their unborn child; however, seeking assistance can lead to feelings of shame and guilt. At Garden of New Beginnings no one will judge a woman for facing her alcoholism and/or drug addiction. Our pregnant addiction treatment program helps each mother lessen the chances of any complications during her pregnancy by staying clean and sober one day at a time.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a condition in a child that results from the mother abusing alcohol during the pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome may cause growth problems or brain damage that is irreversible. The damage of fetal alcohol symptoms may vary from child to child. Some children may experience and have much more severe symptoms and outcomes than others. Severe damage can be done in the first month of pregnancy. This is due in part to a woman not yet knowing that she is pregnant. There is no safe amount of alcohol a mother can consume while she is pregnant, and there is no guarantee of a complication that may or may not occur if she drinks.
Signs and symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Small Head
- Learning Disabilities
- Mood Swings
- Deformed Limb or Fingers
- Heart Problem
- Poor Focus
- Small Head
CDC (Center of Disease Control) research studies indicate there are 0.2 to 1.5 infants with FAS for every 1,000 live births in certain areas of the United States. The most current CDC study analyzed medical records and concludes Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in 0.3 out of 1,000 children from 7 to 9 years of age. In person studies of school-aged children in several United .States communities show higher estimates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: 6 to 9 out of 1,000 children (CDC, 2017).
Garden of New Beginnings can help nurture you and your child back to health and show you the path to an emotional wellness for you and your baby free of substances. We are here to listen with a receptive ear and address and answer any of your questions and/or concerns you may have in regards to our pregnant addiction treatment program.
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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
NAS also called Neonatal abstinence syndrome is the reaction of a sudden and abrupt cutoff of fetal exposure to certain substances (mainly opioids) that were being used by the mother during the course of her pregnancy. NAS is typically caused when a mother is using or abusing opiates during her pregnancy. Once the mother stops using the opiates, the infant begins to go into withdrawal from the certain drugs they are exposed to.
The Signs and symptoms of NAS can be very different for every baby. Typically most happen within 72 hours of birth, but some signs and symptoms may appear right after birth or within a few weeks. These can last from 1 week to 7 months after birth.
Signs and symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
- Breathing Problems
- Fever or Sweats
- Excessive Crying
- Body Shakes
- Trouble sleeping
- Stuffy Nose/Sneezing
The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), reports the percentage of female substance abuse treatment clients aged 15 to 44 who were pregnant at entry remained relatively stable between 2000 and 2010 (4.4 and 4.8 percent). An estimated 11–12% of the 4.2 million births (in 2004) involved prenatal exposure to illegal drugs or alcohol.
We have worked with many women entering our pregnant addiction treatment program that had an addiction to opiates or other drugs and nursed them and their babies back to health by allowing the healing process to begin. We understand how hard it is to not only be pregnant but to have an addiction as well.
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Detox for pregnant women – The first step
The first step in helping pregnant women seeking help for substance abuse and/or alcohol addiction is to enter a detox program. While a woman is carrying a child, it is of vital importance to remove the poisonous toxins within her body as well as her child’s. These toxins have made their way into the baby’s blood stream, and without a medically safe detoxification process, the child and mother can experience symptoms of withdrawal.
Entering a detoxification program can significantly increase the chances of having a baby born free of birth defects and chemical dependency. Once a mother completes a detoxification program it is highly recommended she follow through with an addiction treatment program.
Common substances used by pregnant mothers
- Opiates(Heroin, prescription pain pills)
Not all centers offer specialized treatment during the detoxification and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) process for a pregnant woman and her child. At Garden of New Beginnings, clients admitted to our pregnant mother’s program have access to on -site licensed addiction counselors, and medical staff that will coordinate the mothers care plan with OBGYN and specialty doctors to provide you with a comfortable and medically safe and successful experience.
Treatment for pregnant mothers in recovery
The next step following a detoxification process for a pregnant mother is to enter treatment program. This will help give stability to the mother during her pregnancy while at the same time, allowing the mother to slowly integrate back in society.
Research and studies have proven that a pregnant mother who enters into a treatment program is 40 times more likely to remain abstinent from drugs and/or alcohol. Additional research suggests upon completion of a treatment program an aftercare program should be put into place ensuring and increasing the chances for long term recovery.
Each mother’s care plan is individualized to meet her specific needs. Our Pregnant Addiction Treatment Program services include:
- On Site Addiction Counselors and Medical Staff
- Coordinated OB/GYN and Perinatology Physician Office visits
- Individual Counseling
- Dual Diagnosis
- Holistic Healing
- Group Therapy
Garden of New Beginnings Pregnant Mothers Program has been developed from years of experience, specifically working with pregnant mothers with a drug and/or alcohol abuse problem. We have a real life program set in a safe and caring environment. Pregnant women can enjoy the journey of life with newfound sobriety and continued recovery.