parenting in recovery

What I Wish I Had Known During My MAT Pregnancies—Part III

What I Wish I Had Known During My MAT Pregnancies—Part III

In the prior segments, I talked about some of the social and medical issues related to MAT like Suboxone or methadone during pregnancy. Topics like stigma, medication side-effects, and neonatal withdrawal. In this final installation, I’ll go over some of the emotional and legal issues you may face.

What I Wish I Had Known During My MAT Pregnancy, Part II: Side Effects, NAS, and the NICU

What I Wish I Had Known During My MAT Pregnancy, Part II: Side Effects, NAS, and the NICU

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.

3 Knockout, Super-Awesome Gifts Of Sober Parenting

3 Knockout, Super-Awesome Gifts Of Sober Parenting

The good news is that finding recovery and working hard are worth it. It’s more than making up for lost time; parenting in recovery realigns the parental instincts a person naturally should embody. For me, recovery made me the parent I was meant to be. The benefits far outweigh the damage I did in the past, and I’ve moved on. It still takes work though.

What I Wish I Had Known During My MAT Pregnancy

What I Wish I Had Known During My MAT Pregnancy

I am in a unique position to write about my experiences with pregnancy and medication-assisted treatment, like methadone and buprenorphine, for opioid addiction because I have used both of the mainstream MAT options during two separate pregnancies.

Confessions of an Alcoholic Mom, Part I: Motherhood and Alcoholism

Confessions of an Alcoholic Mom, Part I: Motherhood and Alcoholism

I couldn’t quit drinking. I had finally found myself outsmarted by the alcohol. Even with my great husband and kids and life, and without ever getting arrested or blacking out and ending up in Vegas, or any of that stuff that belongs on an Intervention episode, I had, very quietly, and very successfully, drank myself into full blown addiction.