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20/May/2019

Unity Place of Monmouth Partial Care will host a presentation by New Jersey Organizing Project the first week of April. NJOP is a grassroots organization that helps residents of the Shore and South Jersey with some of its most pressing issues, including the many opiate overdoses seen in the region and the barriers to care many people face. It has also helped with people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Sandy. Partnering with groups such as NJOP are in keeping with Unity’s commitment to provide care to people who have an addiction to opiates and to improve the community that we serve.

NJOP members are residents of the community who “connect and train members in the decision-making that affects their lives.” With respect to the opiate crisis, this means stressing the importance of seeking quality care such as what Unity Place provides. Unity Place is known for having the highest standards of treatment, which one sees in its program director and each of its counselors.

NJOP’s Pricilla Robinson stresses the many lives our state has lost to overdose – more than 3,000 a year in recent years. NJOP notes that shore counties are some of the hardest hit by the crisis, making the work Unity does all the more critical. NJOP also works to hold the state accountable for how it is responding to the epidemic levels of overdose. New Jersey’s overdose death rate has continued to climb as others have seen a decline.

The opiate crisis has created a tremendous need for addiction treatment. In its treatment for opiate addiction, Unity provides Medication-Assisted Treatment using suboxone and vivitrol, which ease the cravings for an opiate the addicted person experiences. MAT is used in concert with group and individual counseling that Unity staff provides its clients, with the goal of seeing those individuals return to full and productive lives in recovery.

 


20/May/2019

 

Clients of Unity Place know the care they receive for drug use or mental health is excellent. They also know that, beyond the care they get, the staff strives to make their experience at the Partial Care facility productive and enjoyable. The newest activity offered at Unity is the opportunity to visit and take out books from an in-house lending library Program Director Lorraine Laura proposed the idea for the library, which the took the collective effort of outreach staff Jamie Paris and Bridget Cowan and one committed client to make it a reality.

Larry is the client who has dedicated himself to grouping and alphabetizing the books in the library. He devotes all of this prevocational time to the project, which amounts to an hour every day.  Larry’s fellow clients will be able to visit the library during their lunch breaks and with their case managers.  

Libraries in Oceanport, Middletown and Long Branch, members of the Monmouth County Library system, have been providing the books.  To donate books, please call Unity Place at 848-208-2636.

And Unity is not ignoring technological needs of the clients. They are offering computer time to hone their skills as part of a new outreach effort.  Unity Place is making some of its computers available to clients.


20/May/2019

Unity Place of Monmouth works with its clients to overcome mental health and addiction issues and does so by taking a holistic approach with them. Success for us means improving the overall health of our clients. Unity staff are mindful of that year-round but especially during February, which is Healthy Heart Month.

Unity Place understands that people suffering from depression or who are addicted to a narcotic need to be treated in a way that promotes both physical and emotional health.  Staff at Unity impart information to clients about healthy eating, staying active and meditating. Among the groups that foster holistic health is yoga. In addition, smoking cessation is of course part of the conversation around health, especially heart health.

The food served at Unity reflects the belief that we want clients to feel physically as well as emotionally and mentally. Unity Place provides three meals a day, all of which incorporate grains, fruits vegetables and proteins. Our chef has creative ways to ensure nutrition for clients.

A recent development in caring for clients’ entire range of health needs is a partnership Unity Place has formed with Monmouth Family Health Care, located in Long Branch. The health center provides primary care and a range of specialty medical care. Through this collaboration, Unity Place treats Monmouth Family Health patients meets a need of providing addiction care and in return sends our clients to Monmouth for medical or dental issues.   

All it all, the people who come to Unity Place for behavioral health care receive that and so much more.


20/May/2019

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’.


20/May/2019

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.


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