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Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder can happen on its own, or may be a sign of something more going on, such as perinatal anxiety or depression. The enormous life change of anticipating or welcoming a baby presents many obstacles that may make a mom feel as though she needs to cope by engaging in substance use. Substances may include alcohol, prescribed medication or illicit drugs. Nearly 15% of women with postpartum depression report binge drinking within the first year after having their child. Because of the shame, stigma and guilt associated with substance use, a mom may feel hesitant to discuss their behavior or ask for help.

Might Include..

  • ​Isolation from friends and family to engage in substance use

  • Come across as disengaged from her feelings

  • Expressing difficulty sleeping without help from alcohol or medication

  • Alluding to routine social activities involving alcohol or "mommy wine culture"

You are not alone

If these thoughts, feelings or behaviors feel familiar, don't hesitate to reach out for help. We are here for you.

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