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Alcohol Use During Pregnancy

While avoiding alcohol use during pregnancy may seem like a simple action to some, it is not always that easy for everyone. This is especially true for a person struggling with an alcohol addiction. Some individuals need extra help to abstain from alcohol when they are pregnant.

Step 1: Assess Your Drinking

Use this free online tool to help you assess your drinking patterns at www.alcoholscreening.org. Please remember that if you are pregnant, there is no known safe type or amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy (including beer, wine, spirits, etc.).

Step 2: Get Help For Your Alcohol Consumption (or Drug Use)

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant and cannot stop drinking, please get help! You increase the risk of your baby developing FASD. To find out more about the steps needed to seek treatment, contact:

  • Your family doctor
  • Your insurance company
  • Your county’s chemical health department
  • Local Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Local alcohol treatment center.

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a treatment facility locator. This locator helps people find drug and alcohol treatment programs in their area.

Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Locate an A.A. program near you.

Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition (IAIC)
IAIC is broad-based, diverse, not-for-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people with addictive disorders. Their mission is to promote recovery through advocacy, public education and service.

Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Houses (INARR)
The NARR Standard promotes delivery of quality recovery support services in community-based, residential settings. They maintain a list of certified residences. All listings identify the level of support as defined by INARR Standard. All certified residences have been independently inspected.

These treatment centers allow women to have their children with them while participating in a residential treatment program:

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