Methamphetamine Addiction During Pregnancy
By Dr. Dru
Crystal methamphetamine is one of the most addictive substances that many people take for the effects it has on their body. Methamphetamine is most often smoked and can be created in clandestine laboratories at a relatively low cost. When consumed, methamphetamine triggers the brain to release dopamine, giving the user a rush and a feeling of euphoria. Many people use the drug for the first time, enjoy the feeling they experience, and continue to take the drug in order to relive that original experience. Thousands of people become addicted to methamphetamine each year, and the consequences can be devastating. Not only does the use of this drug wreak havoc on the body, including damaging the brain and other vital organs, but it has serious effects on an individual's personal life as well. People who suffer from crystal methamphetamine addiction will go to great lengths to obtain the drug, often leaving friends and family members behind. Crystal meth addiction can also be extremely destructive if a woman who is pregnant continues to take the drug. When pregnant, a woman must do everything she can in order to make sure that her baby stays safe and healthy. The effects of crystal meth on an unborn child can be very serious. If you or a loved one is addicted to crystal meth and pregnant or may become pregnant, read below for some helpful information on how to overcome your addiction for both you and your child.
Crystal methamphetamine addiction is very dangerous for a pregnant woman. The side effects can harm both the mother and the unborn child. Some of the side effects for the mother include anxiety, increased blood pressure, deep depression, decreased cognitive abilities, insomnia, and paranoia. Many people who are addicted to this drug also experience bouts of psychosis, wherein they feel suicidal, homicidal, or may commit a crime. Meth is one of the drugs most commonly documented in police reports involving criminal activity. These effects can be serious and cause harm to you or your child. It is always incredibly important to consider your child during your pregnancy because everything that you consume will have an effect on your child in one way or another. Also, any physical side effects experienced by the mother are likewise experienced by the child. Increased blood pressure and an elevated heart rate will affect the child as well, and may lead to developmental problems or cause a premature birth or miscarriage. If the addiction is advanced, you may also risk the chance of overdosing and experiencing kidney or heart failure, resulting in your death as well as the death of your child. Before considering taking the drug, always remember that meth is a highly dangerous drug that has many physical side effects that may hinder fetal development.
Some of the side effects of crystal meth addiction for the child in particular include malnutrition and weight loss, increased risk of contracting an STD, increased risk of drug addiction or abuse, attention deficit disorder, and physical or mental disability as a result of an inability to fully develop in the womb. When you take meth during pregnancy, you are decreasing the efficiency of your own as well as your child's immune system, which may lead to illnesses that many newborn babies cannot handle. Children born to mothers that used meth during pregnancy show a strong tendency to become addicted to the drug as well. In fact, some babies are born addicted to meth and must go through a detox and withdrawal program in order to begin to develop their normal lives. This is incredibly dangerous for your child, who is still developing the necessary organs and mental and physical abilities in order to function. Anything that could hinder this development process could be critical to a newborn child. These children are also at a much higher risk for developing a drug addiction later in life, whether the substance ends up being crystal meth, alcohol, or any other drug. Also, meth use during pregnancy could lead to physical or mental disabilities that will stay with the child throughout his/her entire life. In some cases, the addiction is so severe that mothers give birth to their babies prematurely, which can lead to many other problems, such as malnutrition, delayed development of physical or mental capacities, and mental or physical illness. For these reasons, always consider your child's health first and foremost during your pregnancy. The effects your decisions have on your child may be unknown to you, but may be detrimental in the long run.
If you or someone you know is addicted to meth, there is hope for recovery before it is too late. There are many drug treatment programs available, where medical professionals work with you to help you overcome your addiction. If you are thinking about entering one of these programs, it is always helpful to work with others during the process, since at times it can be a painful one. The drug treatment programs involve detoxification from the drug, during which time your body will experience withdrawal. Withdrawal is not a pleasant experience, but it is necessary to get your body used to living without the aid of the drug. This is why it is a good idea to enter into a program where there are medical professionals there to help you through the process. Depending on how long and with what intensity you have been using the drug, the desire for the drug may be very intense or it may be relatively easy to manage. Either way, there are always people there to help you during times of weakness. Friends and family members are always there by your side to help you stay strong and to recover from your addiction. These programs are incredibly important for women who are pregnant and who have a history of meth addiction. They will help you battle your addiction, allowing you and your baby to have a safe and healthy delivery. The process may be difficult, but it is one that you will be glad you completed. Without an addiction to meth, your baby will be able to develop fully and live a long and happy life.
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