Drug Addiction During Pregnancy

No matter who becomes addicted to drugs or at what time in their life it occurs, substance abuse is always a serious and potentially fatal concern. When an addict is pregnant, however, that concern is doubled by the potentially harmful effects of addiction on the unborn child. Although no mother intentionally plans to harm her baby with dangerous substances, the grip of addiction is often too strong for even an expecting mother to beat on her own.

Exposure to drugs in the womb poses a variety of severe health risks, including miscarriage, premature birth, placental abruption, and the possibility of being born addicted (followed by severe withdrawal symptoms). In some cases, drug use during pregnancy can even lead to the death of the baby and/or mother.

Drug Addiction During Pregnancy

Even if the mother and child survive substance abuse during the pregnancy, the effects of drugs during the baby’s initial development may be related to continued neurological and behavioral problems. In the case of prenatal cocaine use, for example, researchers believe in-utero exposure to the drug may give the child an increased risk of depression, schizophrenia, seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and addictive behavior throughout their lives.¹

Seek Help for Addiction at Retreat Premier Addiction Centers

If you are pregnant and want to escape addiction before it’s too late, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers wants to help. Our flexible inpatient and outpatient treatment programs allow you to choose the rehab plan that fits your life best, and our professional recovery experts will work with you to develop an appropriate combination of medical and therapeutic help.

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