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Healthy Mothers Having Healthy Babies

TIDES, INC. is a comprehensive, intensive, outpatient treatment program for women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in the Cape Fear region, and beyond, who are pregnant, anticipating pregnancy or postpartum. Using a comprehensive, evidence-based, therapeutic approach, existing community partners integrate their services to engage women in the recovery process to keep the mother-child dyad intact.

Opioid use disorder is complex issue requiring a comprehensive approach that addresses the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual health of participants. Tides weaves together existing community resources in a way that focuses on the unique circumstances of pregnant women and their children.

The past decade has seen a rise in the proportion of infants who have been exposed to opioid drugs, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers (e.g., oxycodone, hydrocodone), at birth.  A tandem increase has also been seen in the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) among newborns—a neonatal drug withdrawal syndrome primarily caused by maternal opioid use. Dependence on opioids during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes for infants and mothers. The incidence of NAS in newborns born to opioid-dependent women is between 70 and 95 percent.

The Tides program works with these women to stop their opioid use and move to medication-assisted treatment that is safer for them and their babies.

Source:  SAMHSA—Women of Childbearing Age and Opioids

What Women are Saying...

“When I went in to the hospital to have my baby I was lost, broken, and terrified. Scared of her health being affected, scared of her being taken away, scared of what the future would hold for me. Being in the Tides program is giving me my life back and above all has allowed me to keep my daughter with me while I am working at my recovery. Because of the program I’m actually excited for my future again instead of being afraid of it. I plan on going back to school to pursue a degree in drug and alcohol counseling in hopes that I can one day help someone the way this program has helped me.”

“The Tides Program has supported my recovery in a phenomenal way. It has given me the opportunity to see things in a new, positive light and helps me remember that every day is a precious gift. It has given me the opportunity to be the mother my daughter deserves and to bring her into this world as a healthy and happy baby. It helps me cope with the struggles of life in a way that I was incapable of doing in the past and bought me enough time to make decisions about my life with a clear mind and a new foundation.”

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