... proffesionals about my addiction because i dont want them to take away my baby. please help
26 Feb 2010
It probably depends on where you are. Here in England, addiction alone isn't grounds enough to take your baby from you. You have to be living in a way that will put your child at risk, and let's be fair, there are addicts that do manage to keep a job, stay fairly healthy etc. However, of course it is best if you can get clean, both for your baby and for you. I went the methadone route when I was pregnant with my last daughter. It was a mixed blessing I suppose. It enabled me to sort my life out and regain control of what I was doing to myself, and in many ways I think it saved my life. One major problem though was that my daughter was born addicted to my methadone. She suffered terrible withdrawl symptoms and after a few days, she started to have seizures. Thank God, she made it and is perfectly healthy today, it was not the best start that I could have given her in life, though.
Of course another problem is that ten years on, I am still addicted to methadone and probably always will be. I went to a methadone clinic to start with and they were helpfull and gave me lot's of advice. So I would advise you to go to a clinic and talk to a councellor. Over here, methadone is free if you are not working, and I realise that is not the case everywhere. If I remember rightly, there is a period when it is safer to withdraw during your pregnancy, so go get some advice while you still have some time to think it through. At the end of the day, only you know your level of will power. You may be one of these strong people that can slowly taper off the methadone once you have used it to get clean from your DOC. I wish you well. whatever you decide. Take care. Julie
28 Feb 2010
It is such a shame that all proffesionals are not knowledgable about addiction. Addiction is a brain disease! I can understand why you are afraid to tell doctors, nurses... It is very important for you to seek help, detoxing from opiates while pregnant is not a good idea. I am familar with the following process... When you ask for help it is different than hiding the truth, if you really want help you will get it. You will be put on methadone, (not sure about suboxone) and you + baby will be monitored by a doctor. You will most likely stay on one dose until the baby is born and then you will either stay on the dose or be taken off. The baby will come down gently too on your breastmilk (if possible) You and the baby will be ok,you must seek professional help. There will be people that are going to judge you (let them be where they are) take care of yourself... I wish you the very best. I was pegnant with My oldest son (13) when my addiction to opiates began. Loose the shame and guilt because that will not help anything, find some good support.
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