Finding out that you are pregnant unexpectedly can be scary and exciting at the same time. It’s especially harrowing if you are struggling with a substance abuse disorder and need to find a place for pregnancy detox for the health of the baby.
You want to do anything that you can to keep your little one safe and healthy, but overcoming a drug addiction can be extremely difficult to do on your own, even more so if you are experiencing pains and hormonal imbalances from pregnancy that can cause a major shift in your life. Fortunately, there are drug treatment centers available that can help you get clean so that the baby will develop healthily, and you can focus on being the best mother that you can possibly be. The following guide walks you through a few ways that inpatient drug treatment for pregnant women can be beneficial to you.
No matter your circumstance, past, or background, you have ensured a judgment-free experience. These facilities are designed to provide everyone with the utmost security, safety, and tranquility during their recovery. Getting clean will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on your sobriety and the health of yourself and your baby.
Detox in a Healthy Way
When you detox from drugs while you are pregnant, it’s crucial to make sure that it’s done the right way. When you’re pregnant, your body is going through lots of changes, all of which can have negative effects on your mood and physical comfort. Coupled with the process of coping with withdrawal, it can put your body under an increased amount of stress. If not done properly, the baby can suffer as well, so it’s imperative that you go through the journey at a licensed and reputable recovery and treatment center so you can be monitored and cared for.
The staff at treatment facilities can provide you with medications that are safe to take while you are pregnant that can help to minimize the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms. The medications need to be administered properly so that they can be as effective as possible and to avoid potential dangers to your unborn child. The staff at the facility have extensive training on how to care for you and the baby and will be there at all times to make sure nothing goes wrong. If any issues arise during your detox or recovery period, you can get the care that you need when you need it.
Never try to detox at home, especially not while pregnant. If you go this route, there is a good chance that a medical emergency could arise and you wouldn’t be in the right state of mind to get the care that you and your baby may need.
Have Transportation at Your Disposal
Many mothers who are battling addiction do not have convenient access to transportation to and from doctors’ offices, which limits the medical care that they are able to get for themselves and their baby during pregnancy.
But when you stay in an inpatient facility, there is transportation provided to you around the clock to ensure that you’re able to keep up with regular OB/GYN appointments to monitor the health of the baby and yourself. A licensed staff member will drive you where you need to go, so there’s no need to worry about having a valid driver’s license to get the medical care you need.
Get Professional Counseling
Drug addiction often stems from a pre-existing mental or psychological issue that has been prevalent in a person’s life that has not been properly addressed. Or, drug addiction can be the root cause of mental health issues that may arise after one has been fighting addiction for some time. Whatever your situation, the treatment facility will ensure that you are able to work through these issues in a safe, comfortable environment. When you are in the facility, you have a chance to meet with a counselor on a consistent basis to talk confidentially about anything. Being able to come to terms with prior trauma and confront un-addressed factors that may have led to you turning to substances is an integral part of the recovery process. In addition, your counselor will be able to help you through any negative mood changes brought on my pregnancy, nipping post-partum depression in the bud so it does not interfere with you getting clean. Many of the triggers that led to your drug addiction can lead to relapsing in the future if you don’t work on addressing them during your recovery.
Child Care Services
Facilities that specialize in care for pregnant women looking to detox often have childcare services available on campus, so that mothers that already have children do not have to worry about finding someone to take care of them while they are in detox. Freeing up that area in your life will allow you to go to classes, group counseling sessions or any one-on-one counseling sessions that you need to go to without having to worry about your little one.
Take Part in Family Counseling
You can even attend parenting classes at a treatment center, which will teach you everything you need to know to properly care for a newborn baby. You want to be sure that you are as ready as you can be when the baby comes, and having these skills in your toolbelt in advance will give you confidence and peace of mind. The classes will teach you the basics of how to feed a baby, clothe them, change a diaper, and even how to administer CPR to infants. The classes provide you with a great foundation for parenthood.
Many people struggling with substance addiction, unfortunately, do not have the best relationships with their families. But having a strong, reliable support system is necessary to prevent relapse. Fortunately, family counseling is provided as well, which allows you and your family to rebuild and repair your relationship with one another in a healthy, safe environment. It allows everyone to voice concerns with a mediator to help everyone work through any issues of resentment, anger or fear that you or your family may have.
The longer you go without getting help for your addiction, the worse it will be for your little one. So please, if you are an expectant mother who is fighting addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out. You and your child deserve the best chance at life, and we want to provide you with the tools you need to live a sober life.