In a previous blog done sometime ago, important information was given relating to pregnancy and drug addiction. Because of the many comment responses, I thought it necessary to talk about it again.
I would like to begin by saying; I can’t imagine how hard, frightening and fearful this has to be for anyone facing this extremely dangerous and yet important time in their life.
We all know that abusing drugs whether illegal or not, can and will eventually destroy a person physically and emotionally. Addiction affects and destroys anything and anyone that gets in its path including those who love and care about us.
The March of Dimes reports that nearly 4 percent of pregnant women in the United States use illicit drugs such as Marijuana, Cocaine, Ecstasy and other Amphetamines, and Heroin. That 4% doesn’t include:
- Prescription drugs
- All the other illegal drugs out there
Mixing drugs and combining these drugs with alcohol poses an even greater risk to a mother and unborn child. Some of these drugs may also be prepared with impurities that are even more harmful to a pregnancy. When drug abuse is involved, extremely poor nutrition is often a huge factor as well.
But now, you have a beautiful gift growing inside that not only needs and depends on you, but that has no control over what’s taking place in his or her life. This may sound easier said than done and I’m sure that it is but, you have to take responsibility now. The dangers of continuing the abuse or trying to stop on your own are much too great. Remember that this precious life didn’t ask to be here.
So many listen to the advice of others instead of getting Professional guidance and treatment from their doctor or a qualified addiction treatment center and they end up making this already dangerous situation worse. Some drugs like Heroin are too dangerous to stop on your own without the right treatment while doing so. It’s highly important not only to get medical help as soon as you suspect that you are pregnant, but, you have to bite the bullet and be as honest as you can with your doctor or Health Care Provider about the addiction. Now is not the time to think just about yourself and how you’re going to feel when this addiction is confronted.
This is not a situation that should be put off out of fear and shame, or be dealt with a month or two later, during delivery or when the baby starts experiencing withdrawals symptoms. It has to be dealt with right away. The type of drug, duration of abuse and how much the drug is being abused at a time all makes a difference in treatment and withdrawal preparation for you and that precious gift inside you.
We all make mistakes and poor choices in life. Yes, some worse than others. Now is the time to make good ones. The most ‘Unselfish, Commendable and Respectable’ thing that you can do for yourself and that beautiful unborn child is to seek medical help immediately and be honest about your addiction. There are many teens, young adults and adults facing this highly important subject right now, you are not alone!