Jessica Silansky is a Certified Methadone Advocate, a certified Hepatitis C Educator and a Substance Abuse Counselor. Jessica’s most recent position was in Springfield, Massachusetts as a Case Manager for clients with the Disease of Addiction. Jessica is a graduate of Westfield State College Addiction Counselor Education Program. Jessica resides in the Springfield, Massachusetts area where she is currently spending time with her family and is a full time college student working on her ultimate goal of a masters degree in Counseling Psychology
Jessica first came to MethadoneSupport.org/PregnancyInfo seeking advice about pregnancy and methadone for herself and she has been here ever since. Her special interest in methadone and pregnancy drove her to expand her knowledge and she attended the New England School of Addiction Studies where she took classes in methadone and pregnancy. Jessica has been studying under Sharon Dembinski (a well known expert in this field) and learning all she can while she filled the role of Pregnancy Support Specialist for the site.
After finding recovery back in January 2005 Jessica found her calling and discovered her passion- Substance Abuse Counseling. It was through the death of someone very close to her that she came to realize that she needed to seek recovery and change her life. Jessica has had two babies while in treatment on methadone and is grateful for her recovery and the lifesaving medication that assisted her in maintaining her recovery and assuring the healthy outcomes to both her pregnancies. Jessica felt so strongly about methadone maintenance treatment that she traveled to the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) convention in New York City in April of 2009 where she attended the course to become a Certified Methadone Advocate (CMA).
Jessica quickly realized that her true calling within her passion of substance abuse counseling was methadone and pregnancy. She loves working with all the women that find our site in need of support, education and facts. Jessica plans to be here for a long time to come and working on our pregnancy support forum is a tremendous joy for her. Sharon Dembinski asked Jessica to serve as site Administrator a few months ago and Jessica accepted that role.
Sharon remains on as Expert Consultant and is available to Jessica 24/7!
We at MSO are proud and grateful to have Jessica here!....
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Posted April 10th, 2012 12:35 PM IPHi guys! I have a non- Methadone related question for you ladies.
Has anyone experienced high blood pressure after giving birth?
I have never had high BP, in fact my BP has always been low to the piont of experiencing light headedness when standing to quickly etc. Nor have I ever had elevated BP in any of my previous 3 pregnancies. After giving birth to Danielle, while still in the hospital, I started swelling. It was awful, my feet and ankles were huge! Then my blood pressure started rising. I was told that the swelling was from the epidural fluids and the swelling was causing my BP to elevate. I had epidurals with my last two preg at the same hospital and never had any swelling.I was sent home with diuretics. 2 weeks later at an appiontment with my regular Dr picking up my Methadone rx, my BP was 179/100. He gave me a rx for a stronger diuretic and told me to moniter my BP at home. Most of the swelling is gone, I still have some but not as bad. My BP is
still high. I was amazed when I went online looking this topic up at how many women have posted with this same issue. Of the women that had experienced this in the past, many were saying that in any where from 6 weeks - 6 months their BP returned to normal and then some were saying that they had permanent high BP now from this. Anyone here have or ever had this issue?
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Posted April 10th, 2012 01:29 PM IPI did not have this issue, but I have heard of it. I can't say I really know anything about it though... Sorry hun. At least from what you have read it sounds like this will go away in time!
Keep me posted...
JessJessica (Jensen) Silansky, CMA
Primary Pregnancy Support Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Methadone Advocate
Certified Hepatitis C Basic Educator
Member of NAADAC, AATOD & MOAR
Passed CADAC1 exam