This Mother’s Day, LRADAC’s treatment program for pregnant women struggling with addiction to alcohol or drugs is celebrating 100 healthy newborns. The Maternal Outreach Management Services (MOMS) program, a program of LRADAC’s Transformation Institute for Women, uses a nurturing, supportive, non-judgmental approach with pregnant mothers. By partnering with local ob-gyn offices, social services, parenting agencies and community groups, MOMS provides specialized services unique to the Midlands and the state. The goals of the program are to facilitate services for prenatal care, recovery from substance abuse, and ultimately a healthy birth outcome. Leslie Wilson, LRADAC’s Vice President of Intervention and Treatment Services, stated, “Prenatal substance exposure is a problem throughout many communities. Effective treatment and case management, however, reduces the likelihood of birth defects, withdrawals, and pre-term births. Since 2010, MOMS has provided families with a way to not only protect the health of their child but also prepare the entire family for the mother’s recovery from this disease and for raising a healthy child in a healthy home environment.”
LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.