The Tribune published a story on Aug. 21 about a Baltimore woman addicted to heroin and her baby’s painful and difficult withdrawal from heroin (“When a life begins in rehab”).
What the story failed to mention is the fact that we have a heroin epidemic in San Luis Obispo County, as well, with similar problems for mothers and babies — and the important fact that help is available.
Perinatal treatment is specialized addiction treatment for pregnant women and women with small children. Our county offers intensive outpatient perinatal addiction treatment at Perinatal Outpatient Extended Group.
Anyone who is interested in this program can find out more about it by calling 781-4753 or visiting one of the county’s drug and alcohol service centers.
They are located at 2945 McMillan Road, Suite 136, in San Luis Obispo; 1106-A Grand Ave. in Arroyo Grande; or 3556 El Camino Real in Atascadero.
In addition, Good Samaritan Services provides outpatient and residential perinatal treatment services at TC House and Project PREMIE in both Santa Maria and Lompoc. Information about these programs may be obtained by calling 925-0315.