Startling Facts About Drug Addiction and Mothers:
Why Addicted Mothers Are Not Seeking Help
- They are afraid of losing their children.
- They are afraid of the stigma attached to drug addiction and being judged by family members, friends, and their community.
- They view their addiction as a recreational activity or something to get them through the day, even when using drugs involves obtaining them illegally).
- They believe drug use is the only way to cope with their anxiety, stress, or stress-related disorder.
- They continue to “put off” treatment for their drug use, using upcoming holidays, family events, birthdays and other important dates as a reason to delay the treatment they so desperately need.
How Can Florida Drug Addicted Mothers Get Help?
Raising awareness of the reality of drug abuse as it relates to addicted mothers is a key factor. Prevention should always be the main goal. Many, who seek help for anxiety or depression through a family physician, gynecologist, or other health care provider do not stop to consider the reality of addiction or long term consequences. Immediate benefits far outweigh the thought of future potential damage.
Along with prevention, addiction treatment facilities that directly address the key barriers for these mothers is vital. For example, clients of The Shores Treatment and Recovery Center enjoy a lenient phone usage and visitation policy, which we believe fosters and supports family relationships. We also offer support to the entire family through educational seminars and weekly group calls. Addiction takes a toll on the entire family. We believe in providing care that addresses each client as an individual while providing them with the tools, hope and support necessary to return to a healthy home environment. For an addicted mother, this involves supporting her in her role within her family.