Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum Treatment in San Diego

Experiencing sadness during and after pregnancy is not unusual and is, in fact, quite common. As noted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the baby blues is a term commonly used to describe mild mood changes and feelings of worry, unhappiness, and exhaustion after giving birth. Baby blues typically only last a couple of weeks and are often a reflection of the adjustment period for a significant change in your life. However, difficulties with your mental health during and after pregnancy that impede your ability to function are more than baby blues. Therefore, seeking support with pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment can help you reconnect to live your best life.

Perinatal mental health disorders can make taking care of yourself and others feel impossible. Thus, pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment can help you build the tools you need to feel better in your daily life. At Sober Life, we know it can be difficult to reach out for support when you have other people and things that need your attention. Moreover, you may neglect your well-being because you feel ashamed or guilty for feeling distress at a time when you think you should feel overjoyed.

However, it is important to remember that experiences, even happy ones, can create complex emotions. Your distress is not something to be ashamed of but rather something that needs attention to help you feel better. When left unaddressed, perinatal mental health disorders can be detrimental to your physical and emotional well-being. In addition, difficulties with your mental health can impair functioning at home, work, and school and disrupt your relationships. Thus, you deserve pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment that meets you where you are on your journey to healing.

The Challenges of Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), perinatal behavioral health conditions can make daily life more challenging. Perinatal behavioral conditions include mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) that can impede your well-being up to 12 months postpartum. Some of the common challenges that can develop during and after pregnancy include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • SUD
  • Difficulties bonding with children

Feeling overwhelmed by worry, sadness, guilt, and fatigue is understandably distressing. It can feel even more upsetting when your distress makes getting through the day feel daunting. Therefore, the distress from mental health disorders impacts your ability to do things and connect with your loved ones, which can increase your risk for difficulties with co-occurring SUD. Despite the challenges of pregnancy and new parent-related psychological distress, at Sober Life, we know healing is possible. With access to flexible and personalized pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment, you can learn how to thrive in your life again.

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Finding Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum Treatment at Sober Life

Pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment is not designed to eliminate or suppress the complicated emotions that come with pregnancy, birth, and or parenthood. Feeling sad, anxious, or worried is as normal as feeling happy, joyful, and excited about this new chapter of your life. Rather than eliminating or suppressing your emotions, we believe in giving you healthy coping tools to support your long-term healing.

At Sober Life, through our holistic approach to pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment, we focus on providing resiliency-focused support that addresses your specific needs for healing. With our HealthyU program, you can work in collaboration with masters-level clinicians to build a customized treatment plan that matches your life and needs.

Discovering Your Path to Healing

At Sober Life, we know there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan because everyone has different experiences that impact the way they respond to stressors in their life. Thus, finding support with pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment designed to address your specific needs can help foster a path toward long-term healing that makes sense for you. We provide holistic approaches to mental health and substance use recovery because there is no one way to heal.

Whether you have co-occurring SUD or not, you deserve access to personalized pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment that acknowledges how your experiences impact the way you cope. Through our holistic mental health and addiction recovery paths, you have access to a polymodal treatment approach that helps you build adaptive coping skills to respond to stress in healthier ways.

Mental Health Recovery Approach

As NIMH notes, perinatal behavioral health conditions do not have a singular cause. There are a variety of genetic and environmental factors that can contribute to increased difficulties with your mental health during and after pregnancy. Listed below are some of the risk factors that can contribute to perinatal disorders:

  • Demanding work and or school life
  • Difficult family relationships
  • Financial insecurity
  • Family history of mental health disorders
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Exposure to traumatic events
  • Changes in hormones before and after pregnancy
  • Prejudice and discrimination in healthcare settings
  • Poor access to health resources

Difficulties coping with stress along with other factors can further contribute to self-medicating with substances. Dealing with one condition is challenging, but co-occurring disorders add another layer of difficulty to recovery. Therefore, our HealthyU program is designed to provide flexible and customizable pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment that addresses the specific factors that have contributed to impeding your well-being. Some of the treatment options we offer include:

  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Hybrid IOP
    • Virtual group IOP
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Veteran IOP

At Sober Life, we are committed to working with you to build a pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment plan to help you build tools to support your long-term recovery.

Addiction Recovery Approach

Unaddressed mental health disorders and other risk factors can increase your risk for co-occurring SUD. As stated in “Substance Use in Pregnancy,” by Mary K. Prince et al., factors like poverty and intimate partner violence (IPV) can contribute to perinatal substance use. Difficulties coping with distress can lead to self-medicating with substances in an attempt to alleviate your distress. However, over time, your distress worsens and can even trigger other mental health disorders.

Listed below are some of the customizable services we offer for addiction treatment:

  • Outpatient detoxification
  • PHP
  • IOP
  • Virtual IOP (VIOP)
  • Adolescent IOP
  • Veteran IOP

We offer holistic paths to healing for mental health and addiction recovery with flexible pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment that digs into the roots of your challenges.

Benefits of Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum Treatment in a Healing Setting

We know life will always have its challenges to face and overcome. Despite the challenges life throws at you, perinatal behavioral health conditions should not be a permanent barrier to leading a fulfilling life. At Sober Life, we have fostered a healing space where you can find the tools and support you need to thrive. The casual vibe we have created here in Downtown San Diego is built on our commitment to compassion, independence, and community through comprehensive care. Here in the Little Italy district, we believe recovery is for everyone, and you deserve the opportunity to find the right path toward long-term healing for you.

Addressing the Importance of Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum Treatment

Reaching out for support for perinatal mental health challenges can be difficult because of stigma and myths about mental health and pregnancy. Many myths and misconceptions about mental health and pregnancy label baby blues as one and the same. Moreover, many outdated beliefs about new parenthood, suggest that parental instincts happen naturally. You may feel guilty or ashamed because you are feeling sad or stressed rather than overjoyed. In reality, parenthood at any stage is not easy or comes naturally. Being a parent is challenging and rewarding, and like any skill, it takes time and support to learn.

Your distress is valid and more common than you realize. You deserve support to address your challenges to live your best life. Without pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment, the consequences of unaddressed mental health challenges can be devastating:

  • Suicide
  • Overdose
  • Increased substance use
  • Poor parent-child attachment
  • Increased risk factors for children
    • Stillborn
    • Premature birth
    • Cognitive and emotional delays
    • Behavioral difficulties
    • Challenges with mental health and SUD throughout life

Unaddressed perinatal mental health concerns can reduce your quality of life. However, with support, you can build healthy coping skills to work through challenges and thrive. While reaching out for support is scary, we are here to remind you that you are not alone. You are worthy of healing and community to build a healthier you. We know the strength is in you to take that first step with pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum treatment today.

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