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Information on Rehab for Pregnant Mothers

Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 May 2024
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Pregnant women addicted to drugs or alcohol face significant risks. The drug rehab programs for pregnant women provide specific services and support. DRS understands the importance of rehabilitation for women who are pregnant. We want to ensure that every pregnant woman struggling with addiction has access to the necessary resources. With that, you can use the filter below by choosing a state in order to find a drug rehab program for pregnant women.

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List of Drug Rehabs for Pregnant Women by State

Here is access to our entire drug rehabilitation database for pregnant women. Please select a state. If you need help locating the right treatment for you, do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists.


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Pregnant women who become addicted to drugs are not only endangering themselves but also the lives of their children. Unfortunately, this is a common problem within the United States, and substance use treatments for pregnant women are programs offering specific services, medical help, and counseling specifically tailored to individuals who are pregnant.

More rehab programs across the nation have begun to incorporate these services to help pregnant women struggling with addiction. Evidence-based treatment for pregnant women effectively helps protect the mother and child while treating drug or alcohol addiction. Proper medical support and treatment provide a safe environment for the mother and unborn child.

Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, recent research has shown that smoking tobacco or marijuana, using pain medication, or illegal drugs during pregnancy is associated with double or even triple the risk of stillbirth. Some of the estimates have indicated that around five percent of pregnant women use one or more addictive substances.

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  • How does rehabilitation for pregnant women work?

    The rehabilitation process begins like any other, and during the initial assessment, the level of treatment and care is determined. An addiction assessment at a treatment center for pregnant women assesses the level of addiction, medical condition, state of the unborn child, and level of care is required. Detox is the first step, and this process should be done under proper medical supervision. Medical supervision ensures the safety of the child and the mother. Typically, detox methods depend on the substance that has been used, the level of abuse, and the mother’s health and medical history. Inpatient medical detox is the best option because there is a risk of miscarriage during detox.

    Many of the residential treatment centers within the United States are well versed in treating women who are pregnant. However, not all facilities are equipped to help women who are pregnant, so it is important to confirm that the facility has the services to treat pregnant women. According to the 2017 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, approximately 22.4% of facilities are specifically tailored programs for pregnant women. Typically, these programs help with pregnancy and parenting education. Also, there is continuity with counselors, childcare services, transportation services, and housing services.

    Overall, comprehensive addiction treatment for pregnant women may include medical detox, a specialized treatment plan, pregnancy education and counseling, parenting training, family therapy, individual therapy, group counseling, prenatal care, and life skills workshops. These services are most effective within an inpatient treatment center. Residential programs provide numerous therapeutic approaches to help mothers that are struggling with addiction. Some of the common therapy models include contingency management, which uses rewards and vouchers to reinforce positive behavior. Motivational interviewing helps pregnant women work through the hesitation surround treatment. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is common and helps pregnant women gain insight into the situations that lead them to abuse substances.

  • When is substance use treatment for pregnant women the best option?

    When you are pregnant, you are not only eating for two, but you are breathing and drinking for two. When you misuse alcohol, drugs, or even smoke, the baby is feeling the same effects. Smoking tobacco during pregnancy passing nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other harmful chemicals to the baby. The baby is likely to develop a disease like asthma and obesity. When you drink alcohol while pregnant, your child could be born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Illegal drug use causes underweight babies and learning problems. Misusing prescription drugs leads to birth defects, withdrawal symptoms experienced by the baby, and even the death of the child. The best approach when deciding on substance use treatment while pregnant is first to receive an addiction assessment.

    An assessment with a qualified medical professional will ensure the right treatment is selected that has proper medical supervision and support. According to a journal article titled Substance Use During Pregnancy, in the United States, women comprise 40% of those with a lifetime drug use disorder and 26% of those who meet criteria for both an alcohol and drug use disorder. Unfortunately, women are at the highest risk for developing a substance use disorder during their reproductive years. Women who are pregnant or soon to be pregnant are at increased risk for substance abuse.

    Many women face barriers, fear, and stigma, preventing them from entering a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program. Per an article titled Pregnant Women and Substance Use: Fear, Stigma, and Barriers to Care, women described multiple barriers to treatment and healthcare, including a lack of suitable treatment options and difficulty finding and enrolling in treatment. Approximately 9.4% of pregnant women aged 15 to 44 reported current alcohol use, 2.6% reported binge drinking, and 0.4% reported heavy drinking. Teen pregnant women have the highest rates of illicit drug use, followed by young adult women aged 18-25.

    The treatment options of pregnant women include detox services, obstetric and pediatric care, therapy and counseling, parenting education and vocational training, support groups, transitional services, relapse prevention, and aftercare programs. Safe medical detox is the best option, and the detox process could last three to five days or longer. However, detox is not addiction treatment, but the first step. Residential rehabilitation programs are the best option for pregnant women. Typically, these are specialized facilities providing 24-hour supervision seven days a week. Many of these programs also offer services for women after the baby is born, such as housing and childcare options.

  • Will I lose my child if I attend drug rehab?

    There is no yes or no answer. If a child is born while the mother is in drug rehab, the welfare of the child and mother is a priority. However, every state has different laws regarding child protection. Overall, it is critical for pregnant women addicted to drugs to receive substance use treatment for the health of the mother and unborn child.

  • Are drug rehab centers equipped to deliver babies?

    Drug rehab centers that treat pregnant women addicted to drugs have the medical staff and personnel to help a woman going into labor.

  • Should I wait until after the baby is born to attend drug rehab?

    Depending on the medical situation, not necessarily. Before entering drug rehab, a pregnant woman should speak with their doctor to determine if drug rehab is the best option. However, these programs are equipped to work with pregnant women addicted to drugs.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from Addicted.org’s “Learn from our Experts” are answered by Michael Leach, CCMA. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at mike@addicted.org.

Common Terminology Surrounding Substance Use Among Pregnant Women

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
drinking alcohol during pregnancy causes a group of conditions called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Children who are born with FASD can have a mix of problems, such as medical, behavioral, educational, and social problems.
unfortunately, this is a common problem for pregnant women who are abusing drugs or alcohol. A stillbirth occurs when a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Low Birthweight
occurs when a baby is born weighing less than 5 pounds 8 ounces, and this is also a common problem among pregnant women who are abusing drugs or alcohol.
unfortunately, this occurs when a baby dies in the womb before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Pregnant women who abuse prescription drugs, alcohol, or illicit street drugs are at risk of a miscarriage.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
is a problem that occurs when a baby is exposed to a drug in the womb before birth and then goes through drug withdrawal after birth. NAS frequently occurs with pregnant women abusing opioids like pain medication or heroin.
Placental Abruption
this is a serious condition where the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus before birth. The result is heavy bleeding that can be deadly for both mother and baby. The problem occurs with pregnant women that are drinking heavily or abusing drugs.
Contingency Management
is an effective therapy process for pregnant women addicted to drugs or alcohol. The therapy gives patients tangible rewards to reinforce positive behaviors, such as abstinence.
Cognitive Therapy
is a successful method that helps pregnant women prevent relapse. The central element of CBT is anticipating likely problems and enhancing patients’ self-control by helping them develop effective coping strategies.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
is a common therapy approach used with pregnant women and helps them resolve their ambivalence about engaging in treatment and stopping drug use.
Parental Counseling
is a specific method of counseling, helping expecting mothers work through underlying issues connected to their drug use. The counseling also helps them prepare for motherhood and living a sober life.




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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.



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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.