Addiction Recovery Program in Madison Supports Pregnant Women
A free addiction treatment program in Madison has been supporting pregnant women who have substance use disorders.
The free pilot program, called Pregnancy2Recovery, has been created to help local women who have an addiction and are expecting by connecting them with certified recovery coaches who also have recovered from a substance use disorder.
The coaches provide support to the women by developing close relationships with them and linking them to all types of services or resources needed.
They promote the benefits of medication-assisted treatment and continue to give assistance to the patients after they deliver their babies.
The program's supervisor, Tanya Kraege highlighted that the postpartum women are critically at risk of relapsing.
She explained that although stigma is a problem for most people who have an addiction, it is a worse issue for the women who are expecting because they are often judged by society for not stopping the drug use as soon as they find out that they are pregnant.
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Newborn babies can become exposed to congenital deficiencies and may have brain and/or spine development problems as well as other birth defects, such as gastroschisis.
However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that there can be dangerous consequences for pregnant women who use opioid painkillers but stop taking the substance too quickly because suddenly quitting can expose the women to stillbirths or miscarriages.