Supporting Pregnant Women Facing Substance Misuse

Supporting Pregnant Women Facing Substance Misuse

At Riverwalk Ranch, we understand that pregnancy is a crucial time that demands utmost care and support—especially for women grappling with substance misuse. Judging, shaming, and stigmatizing not only fail to promote recovery but also intensify the challenges faced by these vulnerable women. Our approach is centered on compassion and effective care, tailored to meet the unique needs of pregnant women battling substance use disorders (SUDs).

The Realities of Substance Misuse During Pregnancy

Substance misuse during pregnancy poses serious risks to both mother and child. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a SUD is characterized by the recurring use of alcohol and/or drugs causing clinically significant impairment, including health problems and failure to meet responsibilities at home, work, or school.

Data reveals concerning trends about substance use among pregnant women. For instance, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that in 2022, approximately 14% of pregnant women reported current alcohol consumption, and 5% engaged in binge drinking. These behaviors can lead to severe outcomes, including fetal alcohol syndrome disorders (FASDs), which may cause a range of physical and developmental issues in newborns such as abnormal facial characteristics, small head circumference, and problems with vision or hearing.

The misuse of other substances, like opioids, during pregnancy can also lead to devastating consequences like miscarriage, preterm birth, stillbirth, and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), where newborns experience withdrawal symptoms.

Our Approach to Treatment

At Riverwalk Ranch, we prioritize a judgment-free environment where pregnant women can seek help without fear of stigma. Our treatment programs are designed to address the specific challenges faced by pregnant women with SUDs:

Specialized Medical Care

We provide comprehensive prenatal care alongside SUD treatment to ensure the health and well-being of both mother and baby. Our medical staff is trained to manage the unique needs of pregnant women in recovery.

    Behavioral Interventions

    Tailored counseling and behavioral therapies help address the psychological aspects of substance misuse, ensuring that pregnant women receive the support needed to overcome their addiction.

      Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

      When appropriate, MAT can be an effective option for managing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings, particularly in cases of opioid misuse. This approach is combined with prenatal care to improve pregnancy outcomes.

        Supportive Environment

        We believe in creating a supportive and inclusive atmosphere that encourages open communication and ongoing engagement with treatment programs. Our staff is dedicated to providing emotional support and practical assistance throughout the recovery process.

          It’s Never Too Late to Seek Help

          If you or someone you know is pregnant and struggling with substance misuse, remember that it’s never too late to seek help. At Riverwalk Ranch, we are committed to providing the care and support necessary to navigate this challenging time. Our compassionate medical staff and comprehensive treatment programs are here to ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your baby.

          For more information or to speak with an admissions navigator, please call Riverwalk Ranch at (877) 863-3869. Our team is ready to listen to your story, explore your options, and guide you through the steps to recovery. We are here to help you build a healthier future for you and your child.