Understanding and Treating Substance Abusers and Their Infants

Lauren M. Jansson, Martha Velez

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The problem of drug dependency among women of childbearing age is a major public health dilemma in the United States. The substance abusing mother with her medical, obstetrical, psychiatric, and drug treatment needs, combined with her infant with any degree of neurobehavioral or other difficulties, often yields a mother-infant dyad fraught with difficulty. This article describes the multiple needs of the substance abusing mother and her infant and the experience of a comprehensive care treatment facility in meeting those needs. General recommendations for practitioners treating this unique population are also included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-89
Number of pages11
JournalInfants and Young Children
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Child development
  • Parenting
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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