Rehabilitation center helps new mothers overcome drug addiction

LOUISA, Ky. (WYMT) - Drug addiction problems began early for one mother.

"I was about 16 when I did my first pain pill," a woman receiving services through Karen's Place Maternity Center said.

She said what started out as just taking prescription medication, turned into more.

"I tried Heroin for the first time when I was about 20," the woman said.

And about two years ago, she gave birth to her first son while still using, which she describes as a terrible experience.

"Not just for me, but for him, he ended up staying in the hospital for almost three months," the woman said.

Meaning, she had to miss a lot of his life.

But just four weeks ago, she gave birth to her second son, with the help of Karen's Place.

"It's completely different," the woman said. "Coming here, it's like I have, like I see hope."

The new residential rehabilitation program works to help pregnant women start addiction treatment before their baby arrives.

"Babies born with severe opioid withdrawal or drug withdrawal can also have developmental disabilities that'll impact them for the rest of their lives," Tim Robinson who is the CEO of Addiction Recovery Care said.

But the main goal of the program is to keep babies with their mothers.

"The most traumatic thing that can happen for a new mom that's in addiction is to lose her child," Robinson said.

"I feel like this place has given me an opportunity to get my feet firmly planted before I do go home," the woman said.

Which is the change she said she hopes the center can bring for other women.

"I'm a true believer, if you're still breathing, there's still hope for you and there's still a chance that you can be successful and you can be the Mom that you want to be," the woman said.

Newborns stay with their mothers at Karen's Place while she continues treatment, goes through parenting classes and even learns to become a Peer Support Specialist, to help other women struggling with addiction.

For more information or for help you can call the Addiction Recovery Care Treatment Line at (606) 638-0938.

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