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', Record, Repo~er Health Wednesday, May 30, 2001 tm overcome substance ff Kathy met with her dealer, and load," Davis said about the found ways to get more money program she has managed getting out to support her habit. But Roger since 1994. '2 never lacked for across the didn't understand that; he just clients." a 31-year- liked seeing other people. But there is always room for two. "The baby Kathy and her children more, as Davis divides her COuld hear his aren't fictitious people. They time between her Chester and me up. I felt are very real, but Kathy's story Quincy offices, but sees :and. I need- didn't take place in California women from every part of the and it took place years ago. county. living room, Kathy lost custody of her "I work with the women and children, two little boys when she was their children," she said. "A was watch- arrested following a lengthy large variety of issues come to of opened investigation and charged me." ges of lunch meat with stealing U.S. mail--pen- One of Davis' primary duties around him. sion checks came in handy to is to deal with substance abuse Was loaded and support her expensive needs, and the impact it has on the to the grocery In prison, Kathy recovered,fetus. Were the kinds of Heroine wasn't available and "The state's goal is to reduce )ught. She knew she didn't have the money to the number born with prob- out of the pay for it if it was. The acidic- lems," Davis said about the or from the bot-tion had been expensive, strip- focus being placed on pregnant He, in turn, ping her of a small inheri-women. with the tance, her two children, and a When a child is born with husband with his own addic-birth defects caused by a moth- er day it tions, er's substance abuse, Davis to be--Kathy If Kathy lived in Plumas said, "It's most heartbreaking 0 the cries. County, if she had been able to for the family--for the child Roger, some- find care, she might have got- who grows up suffering, and rumpled blurt- ten the help she needed to fight for the community who has to Finding a bag her addiction, and learn new pay the biIl." diapers, Kathy parenting skills. In PlumasBut many of the clients she her teeth, as sue County, that kind of help is works with already have a across the floor, available for pregnant women family, and Davis provides as her knee made and mothers who are faced them with ways to become bet- ter parents. Substance abuse by the par- ents has a big impact on the c ildren are children who are growing up = in that family, Davis said. likely to get the disease "it has a negative impact on Children who aren't in it." children growing up in this JL environment," she said. teT av s ly to get the disease than chil- D "These children are more like- dren who aren't in it." "There are no judgments," toy, ith Davis said. Her goal isn't to .11 ashardnothingplastiCcom, with substance abuse, accuse or scold, but to help "We treat them with love individuals and their families her entireand respect and care, and treat overcome substance abuse. torture lngthrough, the disease," said Audrey r: s here,,, she mum- Davis, who heads up the The program '- COllapsed as shePerinatal Program through the The program is open to all baby. Diaper Plumas County Alcohol and mothers, and pregnant women g,t enesaS, sht Drug Department. and teens who are having With 20 years in the recre-problems with the abuse or ational field in Los Amgeles, alcohol and/or drugs. t lOok her way. It and master's degrees in coun- "If you are pregnant and UaUSual day. This seling and education psycholo- using alcohol and drugs, and knew it. Some gy, and marriage and familywould like support to achieve Iw:t hfd TV until he counseling; plus two years of abstinence or to stay absti- m&z. Ome days his specialized training atTruckee nent, there is help," Davis ;Sbrjght and laugh- Meadows in alcohol and drugsaid. quiet way. That's issues, Davis has an extensive The program is also avail- F : uld g and see background to call upon. able to women and teens who I People--as "I've always had a full case have delivered a drug or alco- 'air. Audrey Davis is available to help mothers and their chiMren, pregnant overcome substance abuse and lead productive, meaningful lives. Photo by Victoria Metcal women and teens hol exposed baby. Davis meets with with each "If you have been asked by client, learns of her substance your doctor, hospital or are abuse and family needs, and court-ordered to seek treat, then develops a treatment ment, an individual treatment plan. plan can be developed through this," Davis said. Generally, Davis meets with her clients individually, on a The program is designed to weekly basis. This may vary provide ways to help a woman according to the treatment kick her habit, ive her a sup- plan, and the needs of the port group that includes other client's children. women and their families, and to help with parenting skills. The treatment plan also Davis can help assist women includes education on the who are dealing with children, effects of alcohol or drugs on covering all ages, and thethe woman and her children. stress that comes with parent- Child care is provided while ing that might lead a mother to the client meets with Davis. As use again, the plan progresses, and according to the treatment Treatment arrangement, there could be The treatment program is times when the child or chil- tailored to meet each woman's dren are also involved in a ses- needs, sion. The dream Davis' dream is to a perinatal center where fami- lies can come together for counseling and mutual sup- port. She also has the goal of being able to expose families to sober living--learning to live outside the addiction, and how to enjoy life without being loaded. Invitation Davis invites women and teens who are pregnant, or who have children, and who are suffering from alcohol and/or drug addiction to lear more about the perinata! pro- gram. For more information, con- tact Davis at 283-6316. Collect calls will be accepted, and all services are confidential. *Based on Arbitron, 2001 radio county coverage of average quarter hour ratin9s, Monday- Sunday, 6am - 12 midnight.