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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.


Unity Place of Monmouth clients have something other than their counselors to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Through the good works of the Bradley Beach Food Pantry and the foresight of Unity’s Outreach Director Jamie Paris, many clients at the facility received generous food bags in the week before the Thanksgiving holiday. Jamie had to put in her request for the food by the end of the summer.

This time of year can be a very difficult time for those with mental illness or addiction. Unity Place staff do everything in their power to ensure the clients know they have a home and a family among their peers and counselors.

Unity staff credited the Bradley Food Pantry Director Linda Curtis and her volunteers for their generosity each year at this time. They fill bags with all the sides and extras to make the clients’ meals all the more special. Jamie said that without the program “we wouldn’t be able to do such wonderful things for our clients – for this we are so thankful.”

The Bradley Beach Food Pantry is a godsend to many in the Monmouth County. It appreciates the importance of providing a Thanksgiving meal to people with behavioral issues. Each year, the Pantry provides hundreds of holiday meals, including the clients of Unity. It is active throughout the year, doling out enough meals each month to feed 600 families.


Pictured are Unity clients Jimena P (left) and Maureen B. with turkey in hand.  




Unity Place of Monmouth is known for nourishing its clients back to health through counseling and compassion. Now the facility has a new chef, Dena, and its clients’ palates have been most pleased with the dishes coming out of the kitchen since she started. Dena is imaginative in the foods she prepares for the more than 100 clients at the facility.  As good as the meals taste, they are also healthful, vital for the clients as they work on their mental health or substance use issues.

 Dena learned her trade at culinary school in Atlantic City, but the beginnings of her love of cooking can be traced to her time at her grandmother’s knee helping her with family meals.  

 A recent treat, her homemade banana bread, made for a delectable snack gobbled up by both clients and the staff. See her offerings be so enjoyed brings her a great deal of satisfaction: “It’s a great feeling when people like and appreciate my cooking.”


Unity Place of Monmouth has clients who are homeless enter the program throughout the year, but it comes as no surprise that colder weather brings an increase of these clients (there are currently seven homeless individuals at Unity).  As the chill increases, the beach or under the boardwalk no longer provide sufficient protection from the elements. 

 Many of these homeless Unity Place sees have exhausted their options with social services or have been deemed to have caused their own homelessness. Some have legal charges that make them ineligible for housing.

 It should come as no surprise that people with mental illness often make poor choices. They are then blamed for making decisions that have brought about their homelessness. This is unfortunate and in many cases, is unbelievable. Of course people with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia will make poor decisions; it is a byproduct of their illness. While it is certainly difficult to serve this population, this comes with the territory of providing services to people with a mental disorder.

 In some cases, these individuals have been deemed to have caused their own homelessness because they refused to be placed in housing in drug-infested areas that included boarding homes where drug dealing was known to occur. This refusal to live in an area where drugs are rampant makes perfect sense to anyone who understands addiction and the threat to one’s recovery posed by living in an area rife with drugs.  One of our ex-clients was clean and sober for a good period of time now walks the streets in Red Bank rather than be placed in a drug area.

 Homelessness is a more prevalent issue than our officials report. A review of the regulations needs to be done and the mentally ill need more help.



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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