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Alcohol or Drug Use During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

What can you do to stop using alcohol or drugs? continued...

Tell someone. If you can't stop drinking or using drugs on your own, tell someone that you need help. There are people and programs to help you. Your doctor is a good place to start. He or she can talk to you about treatment options. Your doctor may be able to give you medicines that can ease withdrawal symptoms. Or he or she may be able to find a hospital or clinic that you can go to for treatment.

You might also want to tell a friend or loved one. Having someone on your side that you know well, telling you that you can do this for yourself and your baby, is a very important part of recovery.

Make changes to your life. It can be hard to stop using alcohol or drugs when it has become a part of your life. You may need to make changes to your routine, like not being around certain people, or not going to places where you used to drink or use drugs. Ask friends and family to support your changes.

Consider counseling. Counseling helps you make changes in your life so you can stay sober. You learn to cope with tough emotions and make good choices. You may get counseling in a group or one-on-one.

Join a support group. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous were formed to help people who want to stop doing things that add no value to their lives. You may have more success quitting if you share your story, hear the stories of those who may be struggling and those who have successfully quit, and find someone to partner with.

Where can you find information and support?

If you're ready to quit drugs or alcohol, congratulations. You are taking an important step for your health and for your baby's health. Contact these organizations for information and help with quitting:

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)

www.ncadd.org

1-800-622-2255

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

www.aa.org

Call a local AA office, or visit the website.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

www.na.org

(818) 773-9999

Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)

www.draonline.org

1-877-883-2332 (toll-free)

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Last Updated: July 23, 2012
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