Where do I go for help?
No Gaudenzia Erie, Inc. client will be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, political affiliation, limited English proficiency, previous criminal record or status with regard to political opinion.
Gaudenzia Erie, Inc., in accordance with Federal Regulations, provides preference and/or priority for the treatment of pregnant injection drug users, pregnant substance abusers and injection drug users.
Gaudenzia Erie, Inc. Babies and Children First Program
The Babies and Children First Program helps with the prevention and intervention of drug and alcohol use for at-risk families
What can I expecct as a participant in Babies First?
We help you gain access to medical care, drug and/or alcohol treatment, counseling, housing, employment, and other community services for which you may be eligible. We provide in-office and in-home case management services so accessing our services is easier for you.
We provide information about healthy pregnancy practices, preparation for labor and delivery, caring for baby, and risks associated with drug and/or alcohol use during and after pregnancy.
We can teach you healthy ways to manage stress and ansiety in your everyday life with prenantal, post-partum, and parenting support. We also provide follow-up care to monitor your transition from our services.
Who is eligible?
No single factor can predict whether a person will become addicted to drugs. A combination of genetic, environmental, and developmental factors influences risk for addiction. The more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance that taking drugs can lead to addiction.
Most drugs affect the brain's reward circuit by flooding it with the chemical messenger dopamine. Surges of dopamine in the reward circuit cause the reinforcement of pleasurable but unhealthy activities, leading people to repeat the behavior again and again.
Over time, the brain adjusts to the excess dopamine, which reduces the high that the person feels compared to the high they felt when first taking the drug—an effect known as tolerance. They might take more of the drug, trying to achieve the same dopamine high.