When it comes to making changes in one’s life for the better, there just simply is not much of a better catalyst to those changes than when you have a baby on the way. For most people, this might mean being more aware of your health in general like quitting smoking, removing alcohol from your diet until the baby is born, getting more exercise, and other beneficial options.

However, for one woman, her potentially life-threatening addiction to opioid painkillers was ended thanks to her pregnancy. Now, she is enjoying sober living in NJ and has a beautiful baby to love thanks to the baby itself. It should be noted, however, that even though a baby on the way can mean trying to make huge improvements to one’s life, even this woman needed assistance in finally quitting her addiction.

 

Michelle Price told herself countless times for years — tomorrow’s the day I stop taking prescription pills.

But every time, the power of addiction was too strong to overcome.

The Ocean County resident had become so hooked, getting her hands on pills was the only thing that mattered — she lost her job, car and house, and was stealing money from family to support her habit.

Price knew she needed some kind of help in order to manage her addiction. And her moment of clarity finally came in 2013 when she found out she was pregnant.

“It was almost like a relief,” Price said. “Because I knew I couldn’t carry on the way I was carrying on, and there was no way that I could bring a baby into the chaos I was living in.” Click Here to Continue Reading

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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