New clinic aims to help drug-addicted mothers and their babies

It's an unfortunate reality hitting central Ohio. Mother's across the area dealing with the pull of addiction, thousands of new born’s feeling the effects. Now a new one of a kind clinic here in Columbus aims to help those mothers and their children and hopefully save lives. (WSYX/WTTE)

It's an unfortunate reality hitting central Ohio. Mother's across the area dealing with the pull of addiction, thousands of new born’s feeling the effects.

Now a new one of a kind clinic here in Columbus aims to help those mothers and their children and hopefully save lives

It's unquestionably Victoria Sharrett's greatest joy, being a mom.

"It is amazing. I love motherhood. There's no greater feeling in the world. That bonding with another human being, that instant love is just amazing," Sharrett told ABC6.

It's a responsibility that she takes to heart. Her four-month-old daughter, Cali Anna Bella is her main reason for staying clean.

"She was definitely my motivation. When I found out I was pregnant, that's when I was still using and that's what made me stop," said Sharrett.

Sharrett spent years fighting an addiction to heroin. She's now receiving treatment at CompDrug, one of central Ohio's leading treatment centers. CompDrug is also home to a first of its kind health clinic launching just weeks ago. The clinic provides reproductive health services to women battling addiction.

Jody Hurt, the clinical director at CompDrug told ABC6 that the idea is to not only to help dependent mothers in their recovery but also the continued treatment of their baby as well.

"It's a lifesaver, not only physically, but physiologically and emotionally. One of the things that sometimes we forget is the mental state of the mother is going to have a huge impact on the mental state on the infant, her other children and if you can help make her more attuned to their needs it's a win all the way around," said Hurt.

Experts at CompDrug told ABC6 that the key is helping these mothers as early as possible. The clinic is not the only groundbreaking for central Ohio, but the entire country.

"Absolutely, I think we're showing that we're leaders and really innovative about the way we treat our patients and help them," said Alex Meyer with CompDrug.

Sharrett is thankful for a fresh start and her beautiful baby girl. The clinic she believes is the start of a positive future.

"Without their resources, I probably wouldn't be here today," said Sharrett.

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