Approximately 600 babies are born in Broward County annually with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) because their mothers used opioids during pregnancy. These babies are the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic because they are born with withdrawal symptoms from drug exposure in-utero and require lengthy stays for treatment. In response to this crisis, we created the Mothers in Recovery (MIR) program to reduce the number of babies born with NAS.
Our maternal addiction program is designed to help mother and baby safely withdraw from substances and support mom in meeting her recovery goals.
How We Treat Maternal Addiction
MIR is designed to address the physical and psychological impacts of addiction. The program includes:
- An assessment of each woman's unique needs, including social, emotional, physical and environmental concerns that may affect recovery
- Inpatient and outpatient coordinated treatment
- Medically-assisted detoxification and stabilization
- Integrated care for mom and baby, including social work, psychiatry, obstetrics and maternal fetal medicine
- Supportive housing, if needed
- Continuum of care provided through Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, including psychiatric medication management, intensive outpatient treatment, dialectical behavior therapy, case management and aftercare services
We are the only hospital-based program in Broward County to offer treatment for addiction to all drugs and alcohol. We offer treatment for mothers who are addicted to:
- Polysubstance (multiple drugs)
MIR uses buprenorphine and other medications to help with detoxification and the management of withdrawal symptoms.
How to Get Started
Why You Should Get Treated
Every 15 minutes a baby withdrawing from an opioid is born in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The number of babies born exposed to drugs and alcohol in the United States has increased dramatically over the last ten years.
Opioid withdrawal in a newborn causes a condition called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Babies who are born with NAS may suffer from:
- Sleep problems
- Feeding problems
- Weight loss
MIR is dedicated to reducing the number of babies born with NAS by treating drug addiction in pregnancy in a compassionate and effective way.
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