Hi Moms!

Robin - posted on 04/20/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hey, my names Robin, I'm 30 (god Im getting old), been on Methadone for 6 years and it truly saved my life. I have a 2 1/2 year old son, who is the light of my life, and was obviously born on Methadone. Unfortunately, he did have to be detoxed from it, so was in the hospital for about 4 weeks after he was born. I was very lucky and had very supportive doctors and nurses, who took wonderful care of him, and brought him down slow and comfortably. I know a lot of people deal with comments from uneducated people, who think if they are on pregnant and on methadone they are abusive, neglectful, almost devilish people, but they obviously aren't considering what the other option is. My doctor always assured me I was doing what was best for me and my baby at that time, and he was right. My son is happy, healthy and full of energy. He's smart, loves the alphabet, puzzles and books. I am now in recovery for 3 1/2 years and completing my degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling, and start my internship in September. I recently spoke to someone who was going through what I went through, being pregnant on methadone, and remembering how scared I was at the time I decided to reach out online and show my support to anyone else who needs it. We are all strong people, and have gone through something unfortunate in our lives, but I feel it does not define us, just makes us stronger!
Robin

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Andrea - posted on 05/17/2014

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Some people cant just detox off of methadone and be fine. Some are called " maintenance patients", such as myself. I will never be able to get off of methadone bc my brain dosent produce enugh dopamean without it. My doctor compares it to a diabetic that has to have insulin. Without it, they will pretty much, shut down. There are some that can just go and detox and be fine, but others cant. Its nothing to be ashamed of, bc think of it this way, if I wasnt on methadone, I probably would be just another herion overdose statistic, and I refuse to be just that. ( Sorry about the grammar and spelling..... I am not good at this kind of shit.)

Andrea - posted on 05/17/2014

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I know this post is probably really old, but I am still going to share my story here. I have been on methadone for 12 years, and I have a six year old little girl who is my world. I was a heroin addict before I got on methadone, and had been since I was 14 years old. I had been in 7 inpatient rehabs before going to the clinic and nothing had kept me clean. Methadone was my last resort, and I am thankful to say, it worked. I havent touched heroin since i walked through the clinic door in june of 2002. I had my daughter in 2008 and I was told by my obgyn that she would have to be weened off of the methadone and that it would be very painful for her. I felt so guilty for putting my child through that. Luckily, my doctor was 100% wrong. My daughter didnt withdrawal at all. They kept her in the nicu for 2 months due to a heart condition that had nothing to do with the methadone. She was born two months early due to the heart issue. I pretty much lived in the nicu while she was there and I was so worried that she was hurting, but the nurses said that it was really a miracle that she had no withdrawal at considering the massive daily dose I am on as well as the fact that I have been on it for a very long time. We, of course, had to talk to a social worker before leaving the hospital to take her home, but we werent investigated by cps or anything like that. I have seen so many mothers on methadone that have had really hard times with their baby being in withdrawal and cps getting involved. I guess my husband and I are just very lucky and blessed. I wouldnt really recommend someone having a child on methadone or any narcotic for that matter, bc nine times out of ten, there are going to be complications. I also understand that surprises happen. My husband and I had planned to wait until I was off of methadone to have kids but, surprise! I am not ashamed that I am on methadone and had a baby, by any means, so dont think I am meaning that way. In the end, all that really matters is that we have very healthy kids, and that we are clean now and able to be the best mothers we can be.

Christina - posted on 10/22/2012

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That's fantastic! My baby girl was born addicted to methadone & she turns three in November. I also have gotten off methadone and decided to go back to school for addiction counseling in the spring. It's a good thing to help others who are going through what you've personally experienced. They are exponentially more likely to listen.

Robin - posted on 04/24/2012

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Why wouldn't I be? I'm slowly coming off of it, but it saved my life. I was on it before I got pregnant and hadn't planned to get pregnant. Methadone is much safer then the alternative, which for me was heroin. It is actually a very safe and effective way to treat someone like myself and millions of others, if taken as prescribed. If you are on this bored, I'm assuming you are or were on methadone, so I don't understand your questioning?

America3437 - posted on 04/20/2012

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So why are you still on the Methadone? This seems really unsafe to me but glad it all worked out and he is a happy healthy toddler!

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