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Opiate Detox When You Are Pregnant

Alexa Iocco Addiction Treatment , Alcohol Rehab , Drug Rehab March 15, 2021

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Opiate Addiction During Pregnancy

Facing an opiate detox pregnant can be challenging and scary.

Whether you are on painkillers, heroin, morphine, or another opioid, it may seem easier to ignore the problem than face the symptoms.

But there are many risks involved for both the baby and the mother.

The safest and smoothest way to minimize these risks and end your addiction is through a personalized detox at a Resurgence Behavioral Health facility.

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Options for Opiate Detox During Pregnancy

Both our detoxes and drug and alcohol addiction care programs are personalized based on individual needs.

Because opiates are so potent and there are many possible complications, your detox may be medically-assisted.

Medical detoxes come with 24-hour care and support, as well as approved medications that are carefully administered to ease your withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings.

This type of detox also makes it easier for us to monitor your progress and watch for potential complications.

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Opiate-Related Pregnancy Complications

Opioid abuse during pregnancy can have devastating consequences for both the mother and the baby. Some of the risks of opioid misuse during pregnancy include:

  • Harm to placenta function
  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • Stunted growth
  • Preterm labor
  • Fetal convulsions
  • Fetal death

Neonatal abstinence syndrome is the result of the infant becoming dependent on the drugs used during pregnancy. The drug passes through the placenta that connects the baby and its mother. This syndrome causes withdrawal symptoms in the infant, including fever, diarrhea, tremors, irritability, and seizures, among others. Some of the more indirect risks might be malnutrition or the risk of maternal infections. The best way to address and avoid these risks is to seek professional help.

Opiate Detox Medications

With the right methods and levels of care, opioid detoxification can be accomplished safely during pregnancy. Methadone and buprenorphine are two of the most common medications in opioid addiction treatments and detoxes. These medications can ease your withdrawal symptoms and cravings without producing a high that would lead to another addiction. Close medical supervision and cautious prescriptions can help you avoid further complications. And when your withdrawal symptoms and cravings are reduced, your risk of relapse is also reduced.

Medical detoxes make it easier to sustain sobriety and avoid additional complications. They also make it easier to monitor your progress through this important early stage. Medication assistance may continue into other stages of your addiction treatments as well depending on your needs. Various studies have indicated that medically-assisted treatments successfully reduce the risk of opioid addictions and decrease mortality and overdose rates.

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Methadone and Buprenorphine

Methadone has been used for decades to treat addictions to heroin and opioid painkillers. It eases physical withdrawal symptoms by altering the way that the brain and central nervous system respond to pain. In safe and monitored amounts, it allows addicts to gradually ease themselves off of their drug dependency. This medication is monitored but self-administered. Buprenorphine, on the other hand, must be administered in a highly structured and supervised medical setting.

Both medications may improve infant outcomes by stabilizing the level of opioids and reducing repeat withdrawal symptoms. During treatment, there may also be a reduced risk of a transferred infection, improved prenatal care, and improved long-term health outcomes for both the infant and mother. Methadone and buprenorphine studies have shown that they can both be effective for opiate detox during pregnancy. Each is FDA-approved and has its benefits and risks that occur with different patients. Our medical team will evaluate your addiction and needs to determine which one will suit you better.

Addiction Treatment Programs

A safe and monitored medical opioid detox during pregnancy is an important first step. But no matter which medication is used or how successful your detox is, it should be combined with counseling and behavioral therapy. This combination increases your chances of maintaining long-term sobriety by making your treatment more effective and holistic. We understand that different clients have different addictions and needs.

That is why we offer a wide variety of treatment programs in different settings and methods. Most clients start with an inpatient or residential care program. This gives you 24-hour access to everything you need to recover. But if work or family obligations make it impossible to commit to a full-time program, you may choose to start with another program. We also offer:

  • Partial hospitalization programs
  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Traditional outpatient programs
  • Dual diagnosis programs for clients with both an addiction and a mental health disorder
  • Aftercare planning and services
  • Support groups and alumni meetings

We do not expect you to know which program you will benefit from the most. We will work with you to guide and inform you before putting together a personalized care plan. One-size-fits-all solutions are ineffective in terms of addiction recovery.

Addiction Care Methods

In most of our programs, you will have access to a wide range of proven and holistic treatment methods. Some that you may recognize right away would include therapy sessions. These may be individual, group, or family therapy sessions. Therapy can help you stay sober and cope with the challenges of life by shedding light on underlying risk factors, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and relapse triggers. It helps you identify and choose healthier habits, thought patterns, and behaviors. Group therapy and family therapy can help you improve your communication skills, understand how your addiction impacts the ones you love, and build reliable support systems.

Support groups and alumni programs can help you find continued care after your traditional treatments are through. In an inpatient setting, you will also benefit from healthy meals, creative therapies, and recreational activities like yoga, meditation, and beach trips. These additional care methods help you find balance and meet the needs of both your body and mind. They can also help boost self-esteem, provide a healthy emotional outlet, and create a healthy, productive habit. As far as mental health goes, creative therapies and holistic remedies have been known to ease stress and anxiety and improve the symptoms of depression.

Paying for Opiate Addiction Treatments

Paying for opiate addiction treatments and detoxes is one of the most common barriers that individuals claim as a reason not to seek addiction care. But paying for addiction treatments is easier than it has ever been before. If you have health insurance, your addiction treatments may be partially or fully covered.

Plans, accepted locations, and coverage amounts may vary, but most health insurance providers offer some amount of addiction coverage. And we work with most major insurance providers to get you the care you need and deserve. If you have health insurance, please call our admissions counselor for a complimentary insurance verification. If you do not have health insurance, please call and ask about our convenient alternative payment options.

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Choosing Resurgence Behavioral Health

If the thought of facing opiate withdrawal and detox while pregnant scares you, you are not alone.

But the good news is that help is available.

You are making what may be the best possible choice for you and your child.

And we will support you each step of the way.

With convenient locations, luxurious amenities, and effective, personalized care plans, our experts make it easy to find the care that you need.

Call us today for more information.

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