Say the words pregnancy and addiction, and the first response is often judgement and indignation, images of alcohol bottles alongside swollen bellies filling people’s minds. Sadly, it is this prevailing ideology that keeps increasing numbers of women pregnant and trapped in the throes of their addiction from having good choices for treatment…and a fighting chance to get clean for themselves and their babies.
Now let’s paint a slightly different picture. Andrea was never a drug user. She never touched marijuana or cocaine and only drank socially. And then she hurt her back at work and was prescribed OxyContin (a powerful opioid drug). Before Andrea realized it, she was hooked. When she found out she was pregnant, her mind raced. How would she function without her OxyContin? Would the drug hurt her baby? What now?