Finding out that you are pregnant unexpectedly can be scary and exciting at the same time. If you’re addicted to drugs and need to detox, this could create a very difficult situation for you.
You more than likely want to do anything that you can to keep your little one safe and healthy, but overcoming a drug addiction can be very difficult to do on your own. Fortunately, there are drug treatment centers available that can help you get clean from drugs and prepare to be 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.
If you go to a drug treatment center, you’ll be kept safe from harm’s way. The facility is designed to provide everyone with the utmost safety during their recovery and being safe as you detox will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on your sobriety.
Detox in a Healthy Way
When you detox from drugs while you are pregnant, it’s important to make sure that it’s done the right way. When you go through withdrawals, it can put your body under a lot of stress.
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 withdrawal symptoms and the stress that it puts on your body. 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.
As you detox and fight for your sobriety, you need to be sure that yours and the baby’s health is monitored at all times. The staff at the facility is medically trained. If any issues arise during your detox or recovery period, you can get the care that you need when you need it.
If you were to try to detox at home, 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 drug-addicted mothers don’t have transportation to and from doctors’ offices, which limits the medical care that they are able to get for their baby during their pregnancy.
When you stay in an inpatient facility, there is transportation provided to you to ensure that you’re able to go to regular OBGYN appointments to monitor the health of the baby and yourself. A licensed staff member will drive you where you need to go so that you don’t even have to worry about having a valid driver’s license to get the medical care you need.
Get Professional Counseling
Drug addiction usually occurs because there is a mental or psychological issue that has occurred within someone’s life that they have not dealt with or had treated in the past. When you are in the facility, you get to meet with a counselor regularly to talk confidentially about any issues that have happened in your life. Being able to unlock why you started using drugs can help you to avoid relapsing in the future. Many of the triggers that led to your drug addiction can lead to relapsing in the future if you don’t deal with them during your recovery.
Child Care Services
Facilities that specialize in care for pregnant women looking to detox often have child care services on campus. They allow you to still 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.
The services also allow you to get help when something happens that you don’t know how to handle and provides you with a break from time to time to ensure that you don’t get overwhelmed with your new bundle of joy. Parenting is very difficult and it will be even more difficult to tackle while you are recovering from drug addiction.
Take Part in Family Counseling
There are classes available for you to take to learn more about parenting. You want to be sure that you are as ready as you can be when the baby comes and learning parenting skills before the baby arrives will give you confidence and peace of mind. You can learn the basics of how to feed a baby, clothe them, change a diaper and even how to give CPR to them if they ever need it. The classes provide you with a great foundation for parenthood.
Many drug addicts don’t have the best relationships with their families. When you get out of the facility, you need to have the strongest support system as you can so that you and your baby can get help when you need it. Family counseling allows you and your family to rebuild your relationship with one another in a healthy, safe environment. It allows everyone to voice concerns and a professional to help resolve 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. Babies who are exposed to drugs while they are in the womb are far more likely to be born addicted to drugs. This can lead to the baby having to go through the same withdrawal symptoms that you would experience if you were to try to quit using drugs. Being able to detox in a safe environment with the help of professionals will provide you and your baby at the best chance of a healthy future.