Maternal Addiction (Mothers in Recovery)

In 2015, an estimated 600 babies were born in Broward County 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.

If you're pregnant and addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, Mothers in Recovery (MIR) may be able to help. 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 provided through collaboration with the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center
  • 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:

  • Opiates/opioids
  • Stimulants
  • Sedatives
  • Alcohol
  • Polysubstance (multiple drugs)

MIR uses buprenorphine and other medications to help with detoxification and the management of withdrawal symptoms.

How to Get Started

Call 954-276-3429 or email us at epreira@mhs.net to start the admissions process. If you're experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, please go to your nearest emergency room.

Why You Should Get Treated

Every 25 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
  • Tremor
  • Sneezing
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Seizures

MIR is dedicated to reducing the number of babies born with NAS by treating drug addiction in pregnancy in a compassionate and effective way.