Mothers and Addiction Overview

Mothers and addictionAll of us are familiar with the idea of a perfect mother. She cleans, she cooks, she has time to carve out a successful career and devote herself fully to her husband, children and extended family all at the same time. The reality is that being a mother is not easy, and most of us never had the perfect mother ourselves to begin with.

Statistics show that mothers with addiction are a common problem in the United States. Whether a woman becomes addicted before or during pregnancy or during her children’s early years, the problem can cause turmoil for the entire family.

When Your Addiction Affects Your Children

Mothers don’t plan to become drug or alcohol addicts—the problem is that the addiction is sometimes just too strong. As the addiction takes over, it can be hard to tell when things have become a serious problem. Addictions do not start all at once or overnight. Addiction is a slowly growing illness that will continue to grow until it is treated.

Have any of these consequences happened to you or someone you love?

  • It becomes a struggle to hide the drugs or alcohol from children or other family members
  • Your marriage or relationships have struggled because of drug or alcohol use
  • You find yourself less interested in activities that once brought great joy
  • You have accidentally forgotten or neglected your children because of substance use
  • Your children have seen you high or drunk, or even “sleeping it off”
  • You recognize that something is not right
  • You feel overwhelmed and afraid to talk about these feelings

Addiction Treatment for Mothers

Many moms are afraid to ask for help with addiction. They are afraid that their children might be taken away from them or that they will be apart from their families for some time. Single mothers have a lot to worry about—with bills to pay and children to watch, it is easy to be overwhelmed when thinking about taking a break for treatment.

The truth is that treatment is the best gift you can give your children. For pregnant mothers, there is a risk that the drug addiction may affect the newborn child. The sooner treatment is given, the better chance the baby will have for healthy survival. Older children who have mothers who complete treatment have better health, better grades and higher success rates than children of untreated mothers.

It is true that treatment costs money. However, there are many ways to get assistance for treatment fees. Most treatment centers are covered by insurance. Others can offer affordable payment plans. A good treatment counselor can help you find out more about your options.

Spending some time away from children in order to receive treatment help may be necessary if the addiction is severe. A quality treatment program should offer services to help families grow closer and repair bonds. In some cases, treatment centers can help you connect with child assistance, legal aid services and child counselors to help your family heal.

Finding Addiction Help for Mothers

We offer a toll-free, 24-hour helpline that is staffed by caring, trained counselors to help you understand more about your situation and your options. Our counselors have the most up-to-date information on treatment centers, legal services and finding ways to keep your family healthy, happy and together.

Call us today. All our calls are confidential. We may be able to help you start on the path to a happier motherhood.