Addiction and Rehab Articles
The Risks of Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy
Ideally, pregnancy should be joyful and exciting. In many cases, however, addiction compromises the health and well-being of women and their fetuses. Chemical dependency is chronic, with all sorts of dangerous effects. The likelihood of mental health issues, which often accompany addiction, further complicate matters.
Pregnancy and Addiction: It’s More Prevalent Than You Think
When we see images of expectant moms, the picture painted is one of wholesomeness and healthy glows. However, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 5.4 percent of pregnant women between the ages of 15-44 reported actively using illicit drugs. This compared to 11.4 percent of non-pregnant women of child-bearing ages. This survey doesn’t account for prescription drugs that may be misused by a mother-to-be.