Pregnancy and Addiction
Quitting drinking can be a very difficult thing to do.
Women often use alcohol and other substances to deal with a range of life problems like violence and trauma, poverty, homelessness, mental health problems and the stresses of juggling multiple demands.
Up to 65% of women with substance use problems also report a mental health problem such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression that is often related to experiences of physical or sexual abuse.
In fact, studies now show a strong link between sexual and physical abuse and earlier, more frequent alcohol and drug use among girls and young women – even while pregnant.
But you don’t have to go through your pregnancy feeling alone and unable to stop drinking.
You can get help learning how to Be With Child Without Alcohol from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.