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Brats and Boats is a family-friendly event for all! Come spend the day at Governor Dodge State Park and enjoy free boat rentals and the great outdoors. We ask that you register by Oct. 2nd, 2023 to help us plan for food. Registration link:

How important is support in recovery from addiction?

One essential component of recovery from addiction is support. Support can come in various forms and is crucial for people trying to overcome addiction. Here are some key aspects of support in addiction recovery:

  1. Emotional Support: This includes understanding, empathy, and encouragement from friends, family members, support groups, or therapists. Emotional support helps individuals cope with the emotional challenges and cravings that often accompany addiction recovery.
  2. Social Support: Building a supportive social network can be instrumental in recovery. Positive relationships with people who encourage sobriety and healthy living can help individuals stay on track.
  3. Professional Support: Treatment by trained professionals, such as therapists, counselors, or addiction specialists, is often necessary. They can provide evidence-based therapies and strategies to address the underlying causes of addiction and develop coping mechanisms.
  4. Peer Support Groups: Participation in support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can be extremely beneficial. These groups provide a sense of community, shared experiences, and a non-judgmental space to discuss challenges and successes in recovery.
  5. Medical Support: For some individuals, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) may be necessary to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Medical professionals can prescribe and monitor these medications as part of a comprehensive recovery plan.
  6. Lifestyle Support: Learning to adopt a healthy lifestyle is crucial. This includes proper nutrition, regular exercise, stress management techniques, and healthy sleep patterns, all of which contribute to overall well-being and recovery.
  7. Relapse Prevention Strategies: Individuals in recovery need tools and strategies to prevent relapse. This may involve identifying triggers, developing coping skills, and creating a relapse prevention plan.
  8. Continued Care: Recovery is an ongoing process. After initial treatment, ongoing support and check-ins are vital to maintain sobriety and address any potential setbacks.
  9. Personal Motivation: Ultimately, the individual’s desire and commitment to change are essential. Without a personal commitment to recovery, it can be challenging to overcome addiction.

It’s important to note that addiction recovery is a highly individualized process, and what works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, a combination of these support components should be tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual in recovery.

The Honor of Serving Others…

At Unified Community Services, we are so grateful for the honor of supporting and empowering clients who are in recovery from addiction.

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The Importance of Human Connection

Human connection is so important for wellness!

“Research shows us that loneliness is on the rise, and that a lack of human connection can be more harmful to your health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.”

Ways to connect per the article below:

  • “Join a new club, or try out a group activity
  • Reach out to an old friend you’ve lost touch with
  • Volunteer for a cause you care about
  • Eat lunch in a communal space
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbours
  • Ask someone for help when you need it
  • Do a random act of kindness”


Event in Lancaster September 9, 2023 6pm

Join us for a luminary event in support of mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Luminaries will be available at no cost, to customize as you wish with stickers, markers, a photograph, etc.

Everyone has mental health, and 1 in 5 adults will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime. In 2022, suicide was the 11th leading cause of death in the US. We are all affected by this, either personally, or by having a friend or family member battling a mental illness. Let’s gather together to spread the message of hope.

All are welcome. Come as you can. Brief ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm.

September is Suicide Prevention Month!

It’s a perfect opportunity to do something in your community to create awareness, honor someone you care about, or make a donation!

Subscribe to the Suicide Prevention Newsletter by emailing:

If you’re in Crisis contact 1-800-362-5717 or 988

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