Methamphetamine Addiction Help Could Prevent Anxiety, Depression and ADHD in Children
Any woman who could possibly get pregnant should get addiction help before they’re pregnant so they don’t endanger their child. What can happen?
We’ve all heard about children who are born addicted to one drug or another, and the horror they go through as the doctors try to get the infants through withdrawal.
You may or may not know that children of methamphetamine addicts, for example, have trouble growing as a fetus and, as infants, have problems with the nervous system and motor function.
But the problems don’t end there. According to a recent study published in Pediatrics magazine, 3- and 5-year-old children of mothers who used methamphetamine suffer from anxiety and depression, and when they’re 5 they can also develop the symptoms of attention deficit disorder and other learning and behavioral problems.
The researchers took alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana into account and isolated methamphetamine as the problem.
Anyone who cares about children – and is sober or straight enough to actually perceive the problems – couldn’t possibly put children through that kind of hell.
Unfortunately, people who are on drugs are often too out of it to do anything about it. In fact, one of the symptoms of addiction is that the person continues to use drugs (or alcohol) despite the fact that it’s harming themselves and others – their unborn children included.
If you know a woman who is taking drugs, explain to her what can happen to her children if she has drugs in her system while pregnant. Then get them into a drug rehab program so they can straighten out. If she ever wants to be a mother – and wants to be a good one – it’s not going to happen on drugs.