New program focuses on addicts who are pregnant

A pilot program that pairs pregnant women who have a substance use disorder with a recovery coach who has also experienced addiction while pregnant has been launched by a non-profit organization in Madison, Wisconsin.

The goal is to get the women into treatment, and the idea is that coaches who have experienced the same challenges will be particularly effective.

Pregnant addicts face even more stigma than other people with an addiction, and the issue is complicated medically for pregnant opioid addicts because stopping opioids “cold turkey” can in some cases be worse than continuing to take them under medical supervision, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: Wisconsin Public Radio. Click here for more information.