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BOCA Recovery Center

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that around 5 percent of women who are pregnant use at least one addictive substance. The most commonly used substances during pregnancy include tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, recreational use of prescription drugs, and street drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

Using addictive substances during pregnancy increases the risks to both mother and prenatal child. Illicit drugs and alcohol use can lead to physical dependence and addiction as well as mental health concerns for the mother. It also raises the odds for stillbirth, miscarriage, and a host of birth defects and medical concerns for the baby.

Pregnancy can present a barrier to seeking addiction treatment for women who are concerned about potential legal ramifications due to the criminalization of illicit drug use during pregnancy and potential harm to the fetus.

There are several treatment options that can address the specialized needs of a pregnant mother, including residential and supportive communities.

It is important to get professional addiction treatment help as soon as possible for the safety of both the mother and unborn baby.

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