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Alcohol Use

Pregnant and non-pregnant women of childbearing age who misuse alcohol are an important population for education and early intervention. No level of alcohol is considered "safe" during pregnancy. Alcohol consumption among pregnant women is a public health concern. If you are drinking alcohol while pregnant and cannot stop, seek treatment. You have priority admission for OASAS-certified programs.

Alcohol can cause birth defects, developmental disabilities, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes. Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should refrain from drinking any amount of alcohol at any time during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and have an alcohol dependency or addiction, maintaining sobriety is important for the health and safety of you and your baby. 

 

Opioid Use

The preferred treatment plan for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), methadone or buprenorphine, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy. Expecting mothers seeking treatment for an opioid use disorder should know that Medication-Assisted Treatment is safe and promotes healthy outcomes for mothers and positive birth outcomes for babies.

If you are pregnant, do not try to stop using opioids on your own. Even medically supervised withdrawal may cause complications at birth and negative outcomes for baby.

Get Help

Women who are pregnant and/or nursing children given priority admission at any OASAS-certified addiction treatment program. Many OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers and certified programs also have specialized programming for the treatment of women. 

 

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