'16 & Pregnant' Mom Talks About How Pregnancy Saved Her From Heroin

danielle cunninghamWhile we've been tsk-tsking the likes of Jenelle Evans and Amber Portwood, looks like another teen mom really went to the dark side in a scary way. 16 and Pregnant's Danielle Cunningham is talking about that time she was hooked on heroin. Zoiks!

Danielle says she was addicted to heroin for three months, a period of her life when her son was occasionally under her care (he was mostly staying with Danielle's mother). We've all heard how viciously difficult it is to kick this particular drug. How did Danielle do it? Well, it sounds like getting pregnant had a lot to do with it.


Dainelle writes of her drug addiction:

It was horrible. I wasnt even myself. i was a nasty typical drug addict. I had a life changing thing happen to me and then a month later i was pregnant. i think god everyday for me almost death experience and this pregnancy. it has changed my tremendously and now i could never even speak to people that do drugs. heroin is by the far the nastiest drug ive ever seen or done.

So it sounds like she came close to an overdose -- that "almost death experience." She stopped. And then she got pregnant. Phew, glad it wasn't the other way around! But it sounds like that pregnancy is what's kept her clean. I mean, staying off heroin is supposed to be even harder that detoxing from it. But carrying a baby inside you has got to be some powerful motivation to resist a relapse.

It doesn't work for everyone. We've all heard sad stories about drug-addicted moms who couldn't stop using even while they were pregnant. But I think most of the time it's pretty darn effective at shaking women up and keeping them sober. I hope Danielle can keep it up, even after she's had her second baby. Two kids -- that's going to be stressful! I think she'll always have to watch herself for signs that she might slip into addiction again. But for her, that pregnancy was a life-saving miracle.

Do you think pregnancy can help someone kick a drug habit and stay clean?


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