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Jim and Ken

ongoing recovery

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Healing from Addiction: Shanena's written testimony

Shanena (pronounced Shane-na) completed UGM Women's LIFE Recovery at the Center for Women and Children in Spring 2022 and recently reached out to...

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Valuable and Worthy: Debra’s Journey Toward Holistic Recovery

“For a couple years, I was running the streets. Had lost my job, my kids, my house, everything.”Although 2017 and 2018 were two of the hardest years...

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Am I Enough?

Am I Enough? Absolutely not. And absolutely yes. It’s a paradox: a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when...

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Labels and Life Change: A Business Partner Feature

Art and Kaleen Coffey are members of the community who have made the most of their position as leaders in business and faith. Through their...

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Robert’s Recovery: Phase by Phase

Author’s Note: From my earliest days at UGM, I have wanted to follow someone all the way through the LIFE Recovery Program, interviewing him or her...

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How UGM Business Partners Change Lives

"I'm sold on it. I tell you I'm sold."

Mitchell Long, Chief Executive Officer at Northwest Ob-Gyn, took time out of his busy schedule to sit down...

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Recovery: The Hardest Work

We use a lot of terms to describe the addiction recovery program at UGM: Christ-centered, holistic, long-term, deep-down healing, etc.

One word...

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The Heart of Lifelong Recovery

By Mike Doggett, former Aftercare Manager

A little over 21 years ago, I consumed my last drink of alcohol and went on what has proved to be a very...

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I am no one's Savior.

UGM Aftercare Manager Mike Doggett walks with residents as they transition out of our programs and back into society. He knows that if they can...

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Mike Doggett, UGM Aftercare manager, knows what his clients are going through because he is two decades into his own recovery.

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Long-Term Recovery: The Right Kind of Hungry

Having recently celebrated the 2018 LIFE Recovery Commencement, we know the story is just beginning for the honorees. Their time at UGM was a time of...

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Is Addiction a Sin or a Disease?

You may notice we’ve changed the name of the annual event we used to call "graduation," and here’s why: The former name gave the impression that...

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Recovery. For Life.

I was part of a brainstorming session about how to get the word out about UGM’s relatively new Recovery for Life weekly 12-step meetings. From a...

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Bilbo chooses adventure over comfort

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Recovery: a story of brokenness and healing

Editor's note: This is the third post in a special Advent devotional series, focusing on Isaiah 61:1-3. You may also want to read the introduction, "...

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Recovery: in it together

Editor's Note:  Last week the entire Union Gospel Mission staff met at UGM Camp for a time of bonding, renewal and training. The focus of the two-day...

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