We don’t think of alcohol as poisonous, but that’s essentially what it can be for pregnant women who overlook the fact that they’re not merely drinking for one – they’re drinking for two.
Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
The latest blog post from leading addiction treatment center A Forever Recovery is exploring a critical question for every mother-to-be: what is the connection between alcohol and birth defects?
“We don’t think of alcohol as poisonous, but that’s essentially what it can be for pregnant women who overlook the fact that they’re not merely drinking for one – they’re drinking for two,” commented Per Wickstrom, the CEO of A Forever Recovery. “What’s more, drinking while pregnant is not a minor problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 8 percent of pregnant women report drinking in the last 30 days.”
According to A Forever Recovery’s blog post, pregnant women need to appreciate that there is no “safe” amount of alcohol to consume while pregnant. Furthermore, high levels of alcohol consumption can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), which is a broad terms for neurological birth defects that include symptoms such as:
- impaired linguistic development
- growth deficiency
- lack of impulse control and judgment
- learning difficulties
- behavioral problems
“It’s also important to know that help is available,” added Per Wickstrom. “Many pregnant women struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction benefit from impatient treatment, which provides them with access to medical staff around the clock, defined structure and stability, a social atmosphere of support and inspiration, and post-care focus to prevent relapse.”
The full text of A Forever Recovery’s Latest blog post entitled “What is the Connection between Alcohol and Birth Defects?” is available at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/drug-abuse/connection-alcohol-birth-defects/.
About A Forever Recovery
A Forever Recovery program is an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in. Not every treatment methodology works for every client. Some people are very receptive to 12-step principles, whereas others are more comfortable with faith-based treatment. Cognitive approaches have excellent success, whereas others thrive within a more holistic approach. A Forever Recovery allows clients to choose from a wide range of recovery methodologies, coupled with Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), to achieve success rates unmatched in the addiction treatment industry. The bottom line is that there is no single therapeutic approach to recovery that works for everyone… until now.
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