Substance abuse treatment services for pregnant women: Psychosocial and behavioral approaches

Nancy A. Haug, Megan Duffy, Mary E. McCaul

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Women who use tobacco, alcohol and drugs during pregnancy are at increased risk of maternal and fetal morbidity. Universal screening using empirically validated approaches can improve identification of substance-using pregnant women and facilitate comprehensive assessment of treatment needs. There is strong evidence for effectiveness of psychosocial and behavioral substance abuse treatments across a range of intensities and levels of care. In addition to addressing substance use, services for co-occurring psychiatric disorders, trauma exposure, and prenatal care are important components of coordinated systems of care. More research on and greater access to evidence-based interventions is needed for this underserved population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-296
Number of pages30
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Co-occurring psychiatric disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychosocial treatments
  • Smoking and tobacco
  • Substance use disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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