Drug Use during Pregnancy
If a pregnant mother uses drugs it impacts directly on the fetus.
Mothers who are addicted to a chemical can cause great damage to their unborn child. Every effort should be made to apply a treatment intervention in drug rehab to help the mother quit drugs.
Drug addicts are at a much higher risk than the general population for contracting sexually transmitted diseases and blood-borne diseases like HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. Because the mother is pregnant she not only places her own physical health at risk but passes the toxic chemicals to the fetus.
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It is possible for a child to be born with a drug dependency if he/she has become accustomed to the presence of the drug while in the womb. Detox shouldn’t be the first thing a child has to do in life!
Using drugs during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. Alcohol abuse can lead to the baby being born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, an incurable condition that results in severe disability. Babies born to addicted mothers generally have a lower birth weight.
Addicts often don’t take proper care of their own bodies and so mothers who are using drugs may not have been for prenatal checkups with doctors. This places further risks and disadvantages to the child. This is equally true once the baby has been born.
Drug addiction impairs functioning in all spheres of life and mothers who are addicted to drugs may struggle to properly care for their infant.
Research has shown that children who are not properly nourished and cared for in their early years of life are less intelligent and generally less capable than children who have properly looked after.
There is no way to reverse the damage that is done to the child while in the womb and in the early years of life. Prevention is the only reasonable option.
Addiction treatment in a drug rehab clinic can help the mother to quit drugs and place her in a position to better care for her infant.
If you are pregnant and cannot stop using drugs you should immediately consult with a physician and seek expert medical advice on how to immediately cease using drugs.
Admission to a drug rehab in South Africa can help you to detox and learn a new way of life. A holistic drug addiction treatment program will help you to address the challenges you will face as a new mother.
It will provide you with a social support structure and teach coping skills that will let you act proactively.
You don’t have to pass the cycle of destruction that addiction causes on to your child as an heirloom – you can be treated in a drug rehabilitation center in South Africa and ensure your child’s safety. Contact us and we will help you find a drug rehab that suits your personal needs.