Melissa Ferrell is dual board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Arizona.
Young women who are addicted to opioids, prescription painkillers, and heroin have many questions about how to safely treat opioid addiction in pregnant women, without harming the unborn child. Dr Melissa Ferrell and Active Recovery Care in Mesa, AZ specialize in safe addiction treatment for pregnant women in Arizona.
Pregnant women have basic daily needs that many women’s rehabs are not equipped to deal with — inpatient & residential addiction rehabs are often not a good option for pregnant women seeking treatment. Following an assessment, the doctor may suggest outpatient addiction treatment programs. Drug and alcohol rehab programs should always include some form of mental health counseling. Creating a plan for treatment is what Active Recovery Care specializes-in. Contact Us to start your assessment.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a condition in-which newborn babies suffer withdrawal symptoms shortly after birth — no longer receiving traces of drugs via the mothers umbilical cord. This dangerous condition can cause low birth rate, seizures and future developmental issues. Women using drugs and alcohol while pregnant are advised to speak with their doctor immediately to develop a plan to treat the addiction comfortably while protecting the health and safety of the unborn child.
Each case of addiction — and each pregnancy — has its own unique challenges, and each case must be looked at separately. Pregnant women an their unborn child are both at-risk with addiction, and doctors must decide the best course of treatment for both.
In some cases, medication assisted treatment may be considered if it offers the best chance at long-term sobriety for the mother, while considering the long-term health and safety of the child.
Women struggling with substance abuse that are pregnant, considering getting pregnant, or have a higher chance of getting pregnant should consider an assessment for treatment.
Yes, we offer substance abuse treatment for women in Mesa, Arizona. Contact Us to Start Your Free Assessment…