Heroin While Pregnant: What You Need to Know
Every 25 minutes, a baby in the United States is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. Heroin is one of the opioids that is commonly misused. Heroin binds to receptors in the brain and creates a euphoric high that people’s brains become accustomed to and eventually crave, thus forming an addiction. Since heroin is so powerful, stopping usage can be difficult and uncomfortable if not done correctly. For mothers who are expecting and struggle with substance misuse, there can be numerous fears and worries due to the presence of the addiction. It is important to seek medical assistance as soon as possible to try and reduce the chance that the substance impacts the fetus, and also reduce the risks that heroin may cause birth defects.
Just like other opioids, heroin increases the amount of dopamine that is produced in the brain. However, heroin can create such a euphoric feeling that people tend to seek out the drug so they can continue to feel the enjoyable high. Using the drug repeatedly can quickly cause a dependence to form.
Babies born with NAS can face several challenges in terms of their health. If a child is not treated properly, they can experience issues with their vision, hearing and communication skills. There is also a chance that they can become very hyperactive and struggle with focusing. Cognitive and perceptual skills may also be affected by the presence of NAS.
If a woman is considering having a child but is still struggling with her drug addiction, entering treatment can help. The Recovery Village has facilities around the country that can assist prospective mothers work toward a heroin-free life before they try to begin a family. Treatment plans are built around each person’s specific situation and the severity of their addiction. The Recovery Village can help patients detox from heroin and manage their withdrawal symptoms. Afterwards, patients enter an individualized treatment program to find ways to manage their addiction. The Recovery Village can also assist patients with aftercare services, such as sober-living housing.
If you or a loved one are hoping to have a child but need help managing your addiction, call The Recovery Village. Representatives are available to answer questions you may have regarding facilities, programs or insurance options. Calls are free and confidential. Take the first step toward recovery today.
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