Opioid Addiction Treatment
woman begins opioid addiction treatment program for new mothers
By BrightView
Published: September 14, 2021
Updated: September 13, 2021

For new mothers who are struggling with opioid use disorder, treatment is especially important. Babies who are born to mothers who are dependent on opioids are at risk for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), also referred to as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). This syndrome impacts newborns who are exposed to opioids before birth. The symptoms of NOWS can lead to longer stays in intensive care units and a need for drug addiction treatment. However, a new evidence-based approach known as the Eat, Sleep, Console (ESC) model can help newborns, as well as their mothers, begin recovery quickly. If you are a new mother struggling with opioid addiction, or you are concerned about a loved one, reach out to BrightView Health. Our opioid addiction treatment programs help you overcome opioid withdrawal so you can begin the path to lifelong recovery.

Opioid Use Disorder in New Mothers and Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome

The rising rates of opioid addiction in the United States have led to more babies being born with NOWS. Some of the symptoms of this syndrome include:

  • Irritability
  • Difficulty eating and sleeping
  • Trouble gaining weight
  • Seizures
  • Diarrhea

In the first few days after birth, babies with NOWS are typically treated in intensive care units. However, this approach separates mothers and their babies and can be costly.

An alternative approach to treating NOWS is the Eat, Sleep, Console model. This approach does not involve medications but instead centers the family and maternal involvement. Research has shown that babies who are treated following these guidelines require less time in intensive care units.

What Is the Eat, Sleep, Console Model?

ESC is a leading-edge approach to treating NOWS. This model monitors how babies are doing with regards to their eating, sleeping, and irritability. A few of the components of this non-pharmacological approach include:

  • More maternal engagement – Mothers and babies room together if possible rather than moving babies to neonatal intensive care units
  • Breastfeeding – Adequate feedings can promote babies’ well-being
  • Function-based assessments – Assessing how infants are responding to treatment ensures that they receive any needed medical care

Keeping mothers and infants together during this critical stage is the core component of ESC.

Benefits of the Eat, Sleep, Console Model

BrightView has begun incorporating the ESC model into opioid addiction treatment programs when appropriate. New mothers who are working to overcome opioid addiction benefit from being involved in their baby’s care. Some of the benefits of this approach include:

  • Mothers are empowered by having a role in their baby’s well-being
  • Babies treated using the ESC guidelines are far less likely to need drug addiction treatment for NOWS
  • Hospital stays decreased from 14 to 11 days on average according to recent research on ESC
  • ESC is a less costly alternative to treatment than stays in a neonatal intensive care unit

If you or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction, early intervention is key. Pregnant or postpartum individuals can find the personalized care they need at a nearby BrightView center. Evidence-based approaches to care help those in recovery build the foundation they need for lasting sobriety.

Reach Out to BrightView Today to Find a Center Near You

BrightView offers a radically different approach to addiction treatment in our centers throughout Ohio and Kentucky. In our addiction treatment centers, patients participate in therapy and counseling in addition to medication assisted treatment. Our approach ensures that the whole patient can heal and build a strong foundation for recovery.

For pregnant women or new mothers who are struggling with opioid use disorder, BrightView offers compassionate, judgement-free treatment in conveniently located centers. We’re integrating the Eat, Sleep Console model as part of our commitment to leading-edge, evidence-based treatment. This safe, effective treatment option promotes positive outcomes for mothers and babies.

Find a BrightView center near you today, and reach out to our team at 888.501.9865 or connect with us online with any questions.