Sometimes the timing of events could not be more perfect. A recent example took place this week as Judge Thad Balkman in Oklahoma meted out a fine of more than $500 million against Johnson & Johnson for its role in the opioid crisis. Like other producers of opiate painkillers, Johnson & Johnson downplayed the addictiveness of the drugs. The fine, which was levied on August 26, coincided with a week during which communities across the country will hold Overdose Awareness events.
Unity Place on Monmouth did its part this week, inviting a speaker from Recovery Advocates for the Shore (RAFTS). Recovery Advocate David Clauser came to Unity to talk about RAFTS’ programs and the importance of fighting stigma. The organization combats stigma towards addiction, stressing that addiction is not a moral wrong but a brain disorder. Treatment, not punishment, will produce the best results for the individual and society. Unity Place provides such treatment, including medication assisted treatment for those with an opiate addiction.
RAFTS supports and promotes recovery in many ways. It offers telephone support, which includes assistance in finding treatment. The organization embraces all pathways to recovery: holistic, faith-based, 12-step. What is essential to any recovery is good treatment, which is precisely what clients of Unity Place receive.
RAFTS was created response to this scourge of opiate addiction in shore communities. Overdose awareness is much needed in Unity Place’s home county of Monmouth and it and in neighboring Ocean County. These two are two of the hardest hit counties in the state by the opioid epidemic. Unity Place is doing all it can to provide quality treatment to the many in need.