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Substance Abuse

Approximately 5 percent of women will abuse substances during pregnancy. The most common substances of abuse are tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. Over the past decade there has been a 5-fold increase in opioid use during pregnancy, including prescription opioid (pain) medications and/or heroin. There are significant maternal, fetal, and newborn risks associated with substances of abuse. Our program specializes in the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder including outpatient therapy and Buprenorphine.

Common Symptoms of Opioid Use Disorder include:

  • Difficulty controlling the use of opioids
    • Difficulty limiting the amount or length of time using opioids.
    • Inability to decrease opioid use.
    • Significant amount of time spent obtaining, using, or recovering from opioid use.
  • Social Impairment
    • Inability to satisfy work, education, or home roles, and expectations due to opioid use.
    • Opioid use despite recurrent problems caused by opioids
    • Reduction of important social, occupational, or recreational activities due to opioid use.
  • Risky Use
    • Use of opioids in hazardous situations
    • Continued opioid use despite exacerbation of physical or psychological problems.