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Unity Place confronts co-occurrence with expertise, compassion

November 28, 2018 by Daniel Meara0

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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