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More Mothers Seeking Substance Abuse Treatment

By Jeannie Colter

In “A Mother’s Story of Alcohol Addiction and Redemption,” we discussed a magazine interview in which a mother outlined how she turned to alcohol to cope with feeling a lot of stress and pressure. At Transitions Recovery, we meet people from a variety of backgrounds and offer competent and compassionate care for those who want to break the cycle of addiction.

According to U.S. News and World Report, there has been a slight increase in the number of women in the U.S. seeking substance abuse treatment, while at the same time fewer women sought treatment for alcohol abuse. Among women ages 15 to 44, both those who were pregnant and those who were not, more tried to get treated for drug abuse alone between the years 2000 and 2010. And although the rise is characterized as slight, there is some cause for concern, particularly because more pregnant women are being treated for substance abuse.

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which reported these findings, offers a Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women to “…promote the availability of substance abuse treatment, prevention and recovery support programs for these low-income women and their young children.”

These types of programs are important because as the WCFCourier reports, “Drug-addicted moms face barriers to recovery.” Women who have children and are also battling an addiction often fear that if they seek treatment, they will lose custody of their children. And they must confront the notion that someone who has been a substance abuser is not interested in being a parent. Many really do want to be good parents but they need help.

One woman interviewed had been sober for two years before becoming pregnant but taking a prescription for complications with the pregnancy lead to relapse and a return to substance abuse. An expert that works with women in this situation said that despite their addiction, many women are not callous and that they do their best to quit or reduce their substance abuse while pregnant.