If you’re struggling with drugs or alcohol in Kern County, California, you aren’t alone. Here are resources in your area.
I gave birth to the older of my two daughters while taking methadone to treat addiction to heroin. By the time I had my second daughter, I had switched to buprenorphine. I'm in a unique position to speak about my experiences with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and pregnancy due to my experiences with the two dominant medications used by pregnant women in recovery.
California (and Alameda County) are at the forefront of the nation in working towards low-barrier buprenorphine treatment, which means prescribing Suboxone to those struggling with opioid addiction when they’re ready. So if you’re struggling with opioid addiction, ready for help, and live in Alameda County, you’re better off than much of the nation, no matter how bad you feel right now.