almost 6 years ago (in september to be exact) i found out that i was pregnant. i was already into my 7th month. because of my active heroin addiction, i didnt know i was even pregnant. long story short; it had been a long long time since my body was able to function properly as a female should and i was so high all the time i just didnt know i was pregnant. when i found out i told my doctor that i was an active heroin addict and they immediately suggested that i go into meth maintenance. i was terrified of having a meth addicted baby and found a hospital to take me in to detox. they told me that if i detoxed rapidly or let myself go into withdrawls that i would spontaneously abort and lose the baby. i wanted so badly to just be clean and have this child. i was told i would never have another child because of past female issues and oh, i wanted this baby. i wanted to be sober so so badly. the hospital detoxed me over a period of 10 days. when i came home i was still so sick that i used again. believe it or not i tapered over a period of one month at home (with the help of my mother, God Bless Her) and was clean by nov. 13. i had my child on dec 17th. he was a perfect, God Given, beautiful, non-addicted baby boy.
i was so blessed. i still find it hard to believe. but i know that the doctors and all the professionals out there suggest the meth detox because the probability of having a spontaneous abortion when going through detox is very big. i was lucky.
if you dont like the hospital's decision, you can try another to see if they will agree to the detox. but i assure you that if she goes into meth maint, after the delivery the hospital will slowly and safely detox the baby over the period of about a month. its a decision you have to make. they are only looking out for the best interests of the child.
i do wish you the absolute best and will pray for her and that beautiful baby. please keep me posted.
because i had admitted my use to my doctor, she was required by law to inform children's services, so when i had my child they came to the hospital and did a sort of "intervention". in order to regain custody back from my parents i had to attend a very strict rehab program for 7 months. i stayed sober for almost 6 years. i relapsed in may on pain meds for 10 days and am now in the process of a taper, almost done.
im pretty sure that all/most states have this requirement of doctors when dealing with pregnancy and addiction. if so, dont be surprised if they show up and require a stringent rehab program. it was the best thing that ever happened to me, although at the time i thought i would rather be dead than go through it. it grew on me
some sort of ongoing support/help will be so important for her to be able to stay sober. Big Prayer for you and for her.