Pregnancy, Addiction and Responsibility

Pregnancy, Addiction and Responsibility

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:

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!

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  1. Addict

    I just found out I am pregnant; about 5-6 weeks. I have had an issue with abusing prescription drugs for about 7-8 years now off and on and as soon as I found out I was pregnant I made the decision to stop completely. At first it was easy, I knew I was doing this for my baby.. now I'm having a very hard time, I just keep wanting it.. Is there anything I can do get my mind off of this, to cope or anything.. I have already been through withdrawals and everything is fine.. I just mentally am battling myself every day now to stay away from it.. any suggestions?

    • Addict

      Call a methadone clinic!!
      Especially if you are in physical pain, which is likely if you were addicted.
      Tell your local clinic that you are pregnant and you will be rushed in, no wait. It really, really helps.
      And don't keep this from your OB/GYN.
      Good luck to you.

  2. Addict

    I have been taking meds for my bad back neck and many other things. I also have bipolar disorder. I have a husband that if it makes you fly he will take it until he can't see. I hide them I moved them to other people's houses it's getting to be a pain in the ass. I need these meds the doctors wrote them for me sent me to specialists this guy my husband doesn't even go to the hospital for his blood pressure of course he doesn't take mine they don't make you fly. I need help. My children need me. We need our lives back and he doesn't care about us it's been years I don't know what to do and where to turn. Can somebody help us? We have insurance he has insurance we just need somebody to listen I ran out of hiding places I hide my meds and forget what I did with them my doctors are starting to wonder if I'm taking handfuls myself which I'm not my husband robs me. Help

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