Opiate Detox Is Not For Pregnant Women

rapid opiate detoxification offers a highly regarded and safe program but is not the appropriate choice during pregnancy. Women who are dependent upon opiates are urged to avoid opiate withdrawal because of possible harm to the fetus.

This can be a very scary time for a pregnant woman, who will inevitably worry about harm to her unborn child if opiate use continues. However, women should never try to detox on their own or take the "cold turkey" approach of abrupt cessation.

Methadone Maintenance Can Help Pregnant Women Avoid Withdrawal

Pregnant women who are addicted to OxyContin, heroin and other opiates are urged to begin a methadone maintenance program to address the physical dependency. Methadone is a long-acting opioid meant to treat opiate dependence. It is considered a "replacement" drug, which essentially takes the place of stronger opiates in the system and prevents withdrawal.

Methadone is dispensed in a licensed facility and typically lasts between 24 and 36 hours. The idea is to stabilize blood serum levels, prevent withdrawal and to reduce cravings for other opiates. Withdrawing completely from opiates can be harmful to the fetus, which will also feel these symptoms. It increases the odds of miscarriage or other complications. A fetus will become dependent upon the methadone but close supervision after birth can prevent serious problems.

Rapid Opiate Detox Cannot Treat Pregnant Women

The procedure behind rapid opiate detox has helped numerous people from around the world. The procedure is considered to be safe for most people. In the interest of safety, our center does not accept pregnant women into their program.

Our treatment uses intravenous medication under sedation to eliminate the physical opiate dependency at receptor sites. This procedure can be completed in under two hours and helps people recover physically in a short amount of time. Many, if not all, of withdrawal symptoms develop and pass during sedation.

If you are pregnant and dependent upon opiates, speak with a doctor as soon as possible. He or she will be able to help you get started on a methadone maintenance program right away.