With a blossoming population, South Plainfield, New Jersey is also growing in another area. Substance abuse impacts the entire community, and anyone—men, women, adults, the elderly, teens—is at risk for developing an addiction.
In 2015, 119 total residents sought treatment for their substance abuse issues in South Plainfield.1 That number increased to 131 in 2016.2 While South Plainfield is no stranger to substance abuse, the county where it is located—Middlesex County—has also seen a steady increase in substance abuse treatment center admissions.
In 2015, a total of 5,199 Middlesex County residents were admitted to substance abuse treatment centers.1 One year later, that number rose to 5,705; 89 of these patients were pregnant.2
Substance abuse is difficult to deal with normally, but when you’re pregnant, that level of difficulty significantly increases. Not only do you have to worry about yourself, but also you have to keep in mind the health and safety of your unborn child. In particular, having an alcohol addiction while pregnant can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in your child.3
FASDs cause a number of physical issues and behavioral and intellectual disabilities, including:3
- Problems growing and low birth weight.
- Brain damage.
- Problems with kidneys or the heart.
- Learning disabilities.
- Problems with attention and hyperactivity.
- Inability to reason or make appropriate judgments.
- Problems communicating in social situations.
Overall, children with FASD have lifelong issues with school, social situations, and living on their own. They may find it difficult to keep a job and might even get into trouble with the law.3
Luckily, when you get help at a rehab center in South Plainfield or elsewhere, you can get the treatment you need while also catering to the well-being of your baby. Whichever program you choose will focus on helping you provide a safe and healthy environment for your baby to grow. The center will also monitor your baby’s development. Are you pregnant and ready to ensure that you and your baby have long and healthy lives? Take the first step towards recovery now by browsing rehab centers in our directory.
- Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. (2016). Substance Abuse Overview 2015 Middlesex County.
- Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. (2017). Substance Abuse Overview 2016 Middlesex County.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Alcohol and Pregnancy.