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The Centre at Plantation is an exclusive, medically supervised, hospital-based chemical dependency treatment program for expecting mothers. Treatment for alcohol and or substance abuse takes place in a safe private and nurturing environment under the supervision of experienced supportive and specially trained physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals.
The Centre at Plantation is designed to provide quality care and meet the treatment needs of expecting mothers who need specialized care tailored to them individually as they are soon to be new moms. The most important treatment is to make sure both mom and baby are healthy.
Addiction and Pregnancy
When a woman is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction during her pregnancy, that drug use affects more than just her – it affects her fetus as well. The chemicals can also have devastating effects on the child one he or she is born. Chemical addiction and pregnancy should be treated as a very serious issue.
A mother taking illegal drugs during pregnancy increases her risk for anemia, blood and heart infections, skin infections, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases. She also is at greater risk for sexually transmitted diseases. Most drugs cross the placenta – the organ that provides nourishment to the baby. Some can cause direct toxic or poisonous effects and create a child who is born with a drug addiction.
During pregnancy, a woman needs to take active steps to combat her drug addiction, if not for herself, but for the good of her unborn child. While most drugs don’t necessarily cause deformities, what they can do is stunt the growth of the child leading to low birth weight and having a baby born already addicted to drugs.
Once that child takes his or her first breath, they begin the painful process of withdrawing from drugs. This puts stress on the baby’s organs and provides for a very unhappy life. As much pain as an adult goes through during withdrawal, the pain is compounded for a helpless child.
So what can you do if you are dealing with drug addiction during pregnancy? You need to contact our program immediately by calling our 24 hour toll-free line at 1-877-730-STEP. We have staff standing by to talk with you on your options.
A pregnancy is exciting, but when you are struggling with drug addiction, it can be painful. You owe it to yourself and you owe it to your child to beat your drug addiction and have a healthy pregnancy.