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Mothers in substance use recovery can keep babies with new RI strategy | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey

Katie Merchant Gonzalez has two phones on her at all times, ready to take calls day or night. She knows that many of the callers on the other end are fragile and struggling – pregnant women or new moms wrestling with substance-use disorders.

She also knows just how narrow the window is to get them the help they and their babies need. So when someone calls, Katie picks up.

“If somebody says they’re ready for treatment, you have a very small opportunity. Being available at that moment is the most important thing,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, 41, knows from experience. She was addicted to opioids for years and found herself living on the streets of Providence, squatting in drug houses or “abandominiums,” she quips, until she finally had enough. 

“I remember winters where it was colder inside than it was out,” she said. She was dope sick on Christmas Day and she missed her son.

Today, Gonzalez, who just celebrated eight years in recovery, is an essential piece of the state’s strategy to help pregnant women who are using drugs or have a history of substance use, locating them and enveloping them in services and support with the objective of keeping mothers with their newborn babies as long as it’s safe and they do the work.


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