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.