Treatment and care for pregnant women who use alcohol and/or other drugs

Top Barriers to seeking help and support reported by pregnant women who use alcohol:

• Shame and guilt

• Fear of child welfare involvement and/or having a child removed from their care

• Feelings of depression and low self-esteem

• Belief or hope that they can change without help

• Unsupportive or controlling partner

• Not having enough information about available services

• Waiting lists at addictions treatment agencies

Top Supports reported by pregnant women who use alcohol:

• Supportive service providers

• Supportive family members

• Supportive friends/recovery group members

• Children as motivators to get help

• Health problems as motivators

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