Substance Use and Abuse
Adoption STAR works with all pregnant women and women who have given birth even if you abuse or use drugs and alcohol. It is just important that you are honest with us, as well as your medical providers. We will respect the fact that you are being honest with us. Your openness to share such information will be welcomed without judgment, and it will ultimately help you and Adoption STAR identify the very best family for your child.
Using legal or illegal drugs can cause many problems during a pregnancy, including but not limited to, issues with the placenta, pre-term labor, miscarriage and stillbirth.
Babies born to women who used or abused substances are at risk for premature birth, low birth weight, smaller head circumference, heart defects, and other birth defects. There is also a higher chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or learning and behavior problems.
Nicotine, alcohol, pills, prescription and non-prescription drugs can be harmful to you, your pregnancy and your baby. The best way to be safe is to avoid them but that is easier said then done.
Please know that if you are using heroin or opioids, you should not stop using them without first getting help from a health care provider. Stopping suddenly can cause severe problems for you and your baby including death.
Whatever support and services you need can be identified with the help of Adoption STAR.
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