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Unity Place is celebrating African American History Month with a brief profile of one of anti-slavery’s brightest guiding lights: Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman’s resolve to deliver as many as possible from enslavement led to her becoming known as Moses among abolitionists of mid-19th century. Later in life, she devoted herself to women’s suffrage. Inequality, in whatever form, was intolerable to her. 

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, in Maryland, but escaped to Philadelphia.  Though free herself, she could not bear the idea of her loved ones still enslaved and so returned to the south 13 times to lead family and friends from bondage. They traveled via the Underground Railroad, along which a collection of homes and safe-houses served as sanctuary stations for Tubman and her group as they traveled north.

Unity Place has something in common with Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad: It is a modern day refuge for those on the journey out of the shackles of addiction or the turmoil of mental illness.  The staff cares deeply about those it treats and helps to guide them towards a lives marked by greater independence and fulfillment.

Throughout February’s celebration of African American History Month, we at Unity Place pay tribute to Harriet Tubman and others in the fight for civil rights whose own freedom was inseparable from others’.


Unity Place Partial Care is honoring Martin Luther King as we mark the anniversary of his birth this week. Unity, after all, is what Dr. King wanted for us all. In his most famous speech, he dreamed of children of all races joining hands, of the progeny of slave owners and slaves sitting down together “at the table of brotherhood.” Many of his supporters followed his example and have taken up causes that divide people. His example is needed as much today as ever.

Dr. King dedicated his life to equality and freedom for all Americans and urged the country to live up to its ideals. In the face of terrible bigotry and threats to his life, he upheld the doctrine of non-violent protest. He proffered an open hand to one clenched in a fist.

At Unity Place, we know the call for equality and freedom extends to individuals with addiction or mental illness. They, like minorities, have faced discriminatory practices. And over the course of the drug war, laws were enacted and enforced that disproportionately affected African-Americans and other minorities.  Advocates have followed Dr. King’s example and worked tirelessly to change these laws, not with violence but with appeals to our common humanity. Their efforts have allowed more people to access treatment and promoted acceptance of addiction as primarily a public health issue.

In that renowned speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King spoke of reaching the mountaintop collectively. He understood that even someone as eloquent and dedicated as he was could not advance a cause single-handedly. He enlisted and inspired many thousands during his lifetime and, remarkably, continues to do so to this day.


Unity Place of Monmouth County’s counselors do everything they can to instill self-worth in the clients they are treating for mental health issues or substance misuse. Unity counselors understand how critical it is t for clients to believe in themselves, essential to stable recovery. Setting a goal and figuring out for oneself how to achieve that goal sets Unity clients on the path to well-being. With that in mind, the Unity Staff are having some clients create a vision board for the coming year.

The aim of the vision board is to help clients first of all to identify what is most important to them  – work, education, health, relationships – and determine the steps they need to take to fulfill their goals.

Visualization is a proven means of turning an aspiration into a reality.  To visualize one’s own future reinforces a sense of responsibility for that future, a future that is positive and healthy and of one’s own making.  Clients, seeing themselves pursuing a goal they have defined, do more than survive in recovery, they thrive in recovery.

Using a vision board, the Unity staff helps clients understand the power of choice. The elements used to create a vision board may include

  •  Newspaper cutouts
  • Magazine cutouts
  • Images/Quotes printed from the internet
  • Your Pinterest board
  • Photographs
  • Pages from a book
  • Brochures/pamphlets/flyers

Once completed, the vision board is placed in a prominent space in the client’s home or place of employment, wherever he or she will see it regularly and absorb its concrete steps for success. The images on the board keep the clients centered on where they want to go and how to get there.

The staff of Unity Place know how well visualizing works. For many years, the images on their own vision boards have featured clients leading lives full of purpose and joy.


The approach of the holidays brings great joy to many but it often deepens troubles for people with an addiction or who are in early recovery. The staff of Unity Place of Monmouth Partial understand this challenge all too well.  In response, they have prepared a message of “Twelve Days of Recovery,” designed to remind clients of where to turn and what to keep in mind at this time of year.  

The 12 Days of Recovery include:

·         Go to meetings – I know where they are

·         Have an exit strategy if you find yourself in a place causing stress

·         Rely on sober supports

·         Remember that this too will pass and that life goes on after the holidays

·         Be aware of your emotions and triggers

·         Choose events you plan to attend wisely

·         When going to an event/party, bring the safe beverage of your choosing

The 12 Days of Recovery closes with the reminder of the many ways to celebrate that do not include alcohol or other drug use. These other forms of sober, safe celebrating include dancing, mingling, and having fun with friends and family.

Some resources in Monmouth County include resources provided by the County Division of Human Services:


A list compiled by Monmouth University:


At Unity Place, psychiatric professionals and experienced counselors treat co-occurring conditions of substance abuse and mental disorders, making lasting recovery from this disorder is possible.

A co-occurring (or comorbid) disorder includes substance abuse disorder (whether alcohol or drugs) combined with mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. If symptoms are ignored and untreated, the person’s condition will almost certainly worsen. Many people with mental illness – as high as 80 percent – self-medicate with alcohol or illicit drugs. Nearly 8 million Americans currently suffer from co-occurrence.

Unity place understands that nobody enters into addiction or mental illness by choice. A deeper understanding of a co-occurring disorder is critical, which is why the Unity Place team addresses individual cases in order to identify the best treatment option for each patient.

With comprehensive care, the co-occurring services at Unity Place help clients recover from both disorders at the same time before the symptoms worsen. Our job is to offer effective treatment for substance abuse, while ensuring quality care on a personal level for each of our client suffering from co-occurring disorders. Aside from counseling and therapy, there are support groups at Unity Place to help provide structure to our clients.

Just a couple of months ago, Unity Place responded to the need to further accommodate the clients with a substance use problem,  as some of them work during the day and therefore cannot attend the daytime partial care program. The solution was to open a Night Time Intensive Outpatient Program for Substance Abuse every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:00pm – 9:30pm. This small group focuses on individualized care for each client that comes through the door.

A person suffering from co-occurring disorder is likely to feel isolated. At Unity Place, we believe that each one of us – from patient to staff through to the directors – may be unique in our own circumstances, but none of us need to suffer alone.


At Unity, our goal is to provide a therapeutic environment where each client can learn how to successfully handle life’s challenges.

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