Nutrition and health promotional programming also benefits pregnant recovering addicts
Although not always possible, for the best likelihood of sobriety at least throughout pregnancy, the treatment should be lengthy and intensive, and aftercare services as comprehensive as possible.
The initial intake assessment should include an examination by medical professionals to get a better understanding of the level of abuse, and the needed physical recovery for optimal health promotion of both the mother and unborn child. Detox needs to occur as gently as possible to lessen trauma to the fetus, and all medications used for symptoms management should be first approved by an obstetrician as safe for the developing fetus.
Beneficial programming for pregnant women undergoing drug treatment include participation in peer group recovery sessions (may or may not be 12 steps based) cognitive behavioral classes, private counseling with a psychologist or addictions professional and nutritional therapy combining healthful meals with additional vitamin supplements as recommended by a physician. Health promotion should continue with moderate exercise, and physical classes such as meditation or yoga have also been shown to be quite beneficial.
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