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.
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"