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    Yeah it's such a mine field isn't it? Which is why I'm so torn on all of this. I don't put depression or genetic issues in the same basket as drug use though. Depression is not a choice and can be managed with meds that are safe for the baby. Genetic issues don't always mean the child will have the syndrome and there is IVF genetic testing now.

    I know what you mean though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Yep. It could only happen once the foetus was capable of life outside the womb. .
    The problem with that though is that a lot of damage can be done before then - isn't viability somewhere around 24-25 weeks? That means that the mother could drink/do drugs for that time, inflicting damage all the while, and not be 'detained' or prosecuted until it's too late. Damagewould already be done.

    There's really just no easy answer to any of it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Yeah it's such a mine field isn't it? Which is why I'm so torn on all of this. I don't put depression or genetic issues in the same basket as drug use though. Depression is not a choice and can be managed with meds that are safe for the baby. Genetic issues don't always mean the child will have the syndrome and there is IVF genetic testing now.

    I know what you mean though.
    But if the alcoholism comes from depression what's the difference? Coming from a family half of which are chronic alcoholics I don't see it as simple as "oh I'm pregnant I'll just stop drinking".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    But if the alcoholism comes from depression what's the difference? Coming from a family half of which are chronic alcoholics I don't see it as simple as "oh I'm pregnant I'll just stop drinking".
    True. I come from a family of alcoholics too, as does DH. Both sides have women who self medicated for PND which wasn't recognised back then. I firmly believe the woman on my side had one child with very mild FAS. Both women were loving women who were just chronic alcoholics.

    When it comes to social welfare you have to spend money to save money. I can't count the times our agencies begged for govt funds to run early intervention programs. But we were always told it was "too expensive". Ironically the cost of early intervention programs (and not just with substance abuse) is much less than what the govt spends later on. The topic p*sses me off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    The problem with that though is that a lot of damage can be done before then - isn't viability somewhere around 24-25 weeks? That means that the mother could drink/do drugs for that time, inflicting damage all the while, and not be 'detained' or prosecuted until it's too late. Damagewould already be done.

    There's really just no easy answer to any of it....
    While I agree I don't have the answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    The problem with that though is that a lot of damage can be done before then - isn't viability somewhere around 24-25 weeks? That means that the mother could drink/do drugs for that time, inflicting damage all the while, and not be 'detained' or prosecuted until it's too late. Damagewould already be done.

    There's really just no easy answer to any of it....
    What would you like to see happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    What would you like to see happen?
    I don't know...

    But I'm studying a Bachelor of Human Services with a view to going into social work, specialising in children & families. I want to work with families who are affected by drug and alcohol issues. So give me 10 years, I may have some answers then! (...but maybe I'll just have more questions..???)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    I don't know...

    But I'm studying a Bachelor of Human Services with a view to going into social work, specialising in children & families. I want to work with families who are affected by drug and alcohol issues. So give me 10 years, I may have some answers then! (...but maybe I'll just have more questions..???)
    edited for privacy.

    The reality is there is little to no support for alcoholics in this country. It's ridiculous. I hope people like you can bring about some real change.
    Last edited by Sonja; 06-11-2015 at 12:24.

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    That's so sad @Sonja

    It's very true that we don't have enough support out there for alcoholics. I don't know whether this is because of our culture surrounding alcohol in Australia...? We view drinking alcohol as a recreation, so it's not viewed as a serious threat like Ice for example, even though it affects more people...

    I wish I had the answers to this...

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    What about AA? My sister is sober (must be close to 15 years now) because of AA.


 

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