At The Ho Tai Way, our School of Recovery, we treat patients suffering from addiction through education and application of practical life skills. We strive on helping patients return to be a productive member of the community after the treatment process. We help patients, particularly those who suffer from alcohol addiction or drug addiction, as well as special cases of Perinatal Addiction.
Consequences of addiction during pregnancy
Alcohol or drug addiction can deliver both short- and long-term effects. Short term health effects may include loss of appetite, staying awake, increased heart rate, and blood pressure. Long term health consequences may include heart or lung disease, cancer, mental illness, HIV/ AIDS, hepatitis, and other chronic diseases.
When a pregnant woman suffers from alcohol or drug addiction, her infant is also at risks of adverse and long-term health outcomes. Illegal use and abuse of drugs may cause miscarriage or preterm birth. The baby may even be born with low birth weight or respiratory problems. This may also increase the risk of placental problems, contractions of the uterus, leading to bleeding complications. Affected babies may have impaired growth, developmental problems, and learning problems. Worse cases may occur when pregnant mothers take narcotics.
How do we treat pregnant women who suffer from addiction?
Perinatal addiction should be treated immediately with a team of experienced professionals to prevent further consequences to the infant. Prenatal care and comprehensive drug treatment show improvement in the health outcomes of both the mother and her infant. We help to address addiction on pregnant women through an appropriate and safe detoxification program.
The detoxification program is a way to help the patient’s body clear out the drugs and or alcohol. In the process, a physician will assess the patient and medically support the detox process. The patient may experience several withdrawal symptoms, which varies from depression, restlessness, nausea, flu-like symptoms, and loss of appetite. These usually tend to peak at about 3 to 4 days and last up to 8 days.
After the detoxification process, we have a school for recovery as part of the treatment process. Classes will include individual therapy sessions, group therapy sessions, and neurofeedback sessions. In each lesson, we aim to build resilience, strengthen self-awareness, to access the patient's inner ability to health and recover.
How can rehabilitation and addiction treatment strategies help pregnant women?
Treating the woman can benefit both the mother and baby. It can reduce the risks of miscarriage and fetal deaths. It can also help improve the health of the mother and the baby, reducing the risks for the possible development of diseases.
Also, treatment programs for pregnant women aim to guide the mothers on their pregnancy. They can receive proper nutrition needed to have a healthier pregnancy. The mother can also receive psychosocial support system from the health workers and other prenatal services that can improve her health.
Treat Perinatal addiction as early as possible to save the mother and the body from serious health outcomes. Contact The Ho Tai Way for an individualized recovery program. Start your recovery with us!
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