withdrawal

Withdrawal from The First Breath: What Happens to Children Born Into Addiction

Infant Withdrawal: An Epidemic

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a term for a group of problems a newborn experiences when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics.

What Causes Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?

Drugs taken by a pregnant mother, pass from her bloodstream directly to the fetus. Substances that cause drug dependence in the mother also cause the developing fetus to become addicted. At birth, the baby’s dependence on the substance continues. Since the drug is no longer available, the baby goes into withdrawal. For an infant, withdrawal symptoms are significant and can last up to six months.  

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addiction and pregnancy

The Truth About Pregnancy and Drug Addiction

For many women, pregnancy is an empowering and exciting time. From the moment those two pink lines appear on the home pregnancy test to the day a new mom meets her baby face-to-face, pregnancy and the idea of motherhood is unlike any other experience.

For a woman struggling to break free from drug addiction, however, pregnancy can feel like a panicked race against the clock to stop using along with the weight of shame that often keeps a woman silent and afraid to seek help.

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