If you’ve been a user of drugs and/or alcohol, it’s possible that you’ll have some permanent impairment. It’s also possible that you can pass these impairment problems on to your children if you didn’t stay clean while you were pregnant. Because of that, it’s very important that you check yourself into drug rehab at the first sign of a problem. Keep in mind, too, that what you think is a problem might be skewed by your abuse. Your friends and family members who are clean and sober can often be the ones to tell you if they see a problem with the way you’re living your life.
If you’re pregnant or plan to get pregnant, drug rehab is even more crucial. The sooner you get clean and sober, the safer your baby will be and the higher the chance he or she won’t be born with any serious impairments. Babies that are born addicted to illegal substances – or even alcohol – often struggle to meet milestones that most babies have no problem with. They can end up falling behind in school and in life. Of course, a mental impairment can happen to any child, but the ones that occur in babies whose mothers are addicts can often be prevented.
Even if you don’t think you can get clean, or you don’t really want to, do it for the sake of your child. That tiny life shouldn’t have to come into the world already addicted to something that’s terribly unhealthy and facing a lifetime of problems because of it. By making the right choices for your baby, you’ll be making good choices for the rest of your life, too. Even if you plan to give the child up for adoption, giving him or her a good start is the right thing to do.