Treatment of Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Barry M Lester; Jean E Twomey


Women's Health. 2008;4(1):67-77. 

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Treatment programs for women who use drugs during pregnancy have developed out of a backdrop of punitive policies and the psychosocial complexities of this population, which include psychological comorbidities and consideration of the needs of their children. In this literature review, we examine evidence-based approaches to treatment for these women and some promising newer initiatives. We also discuss limitations of this research and issues that need to be addressed. The increasing understanding and acceptance of substance abuse as a treatable mental health disorder brings renewed optimism to this field.


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