Katie: One Mom's Journey of Restoration

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Dec 27, 2016 11:57:09 AM

The December Mission News focused on one of the happiest by-products of recovery: children being reunited with their moms, and not merely being reunited, but women being the moms their children need, the moms they've always wanted to be. We're pretty sure you won't tire of these stories any time soon, so here's another...

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One Veteran's Journey to a Homeless Shelter

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Nov 11, 2016 4:27:42 PM

Military service ran in Ben’s family. Growing up, he planned to follow suit. But first, he wanted to let loose.

“I moved to Arizona and I started playing with some guys in a band. I was looking for crazy and I got it. It was partying every night, then dragging to work after three hours of sleep. It was fun in the beginning, but it just kinda got old.”

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The Journey toward Recovery

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Sep 14, 2016 5:05:03 PM

Recently, five men completed the UGM LIFE Recovery program. Each came to the Mission broken and found healing. These men shared about their journeys at a celebration for their completion; the following are excerpts from their speeches.

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Comforting with the Comfort She Received

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Aug 24, 2016 5:11:58 PM

September 2018: This post was first published in August 2016. Since that time, the Crisis Shelter has moved to a new, much improved facility. (Yay! Thank you to everyone who supported the project.) There have also been a lot of change in Kat's life. When we asked her for an update, she sent a great letter that now makes up the first part of this post.

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The Fatal Attraction of Addiction

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 20, 2016 3:16:18 PM

Editor’s note: If you’re like me, you can probably think of at least one habit you’ve tried to break that keeps resurfacing , leaving you frustrated. “Why did I watch Netflix all day? Why am I out at 11 p.m. getting a McFlurry? Why did I choose this bad thing over the other, better, smarter, healthier thing?”

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What Is Sexual Addiction?

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Feb 9, 2016 4:48:21 PM

By Dave Edwards, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Fantasy: The word conjures up all kinds of thoughts, feelings and images in one’s mind.

Fantasy is defined as something that is produced by the imagination: an idea about doing something that is far removed from normal reality, or an imagined event such as a daydream, usually fulfilling a wish or psychological need.

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Addiction Firsthand

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Feb 5, 2016 11:14:19 AM

The following is a firsthand account of addiction and recovery written by one of the ladies in Women's Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall.

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Lose the Label: Powerless

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jan 29, 2016 3:05:37 PM

Always Numbing

JR Mills first started drinking at 14 with her mom who was an alcoholic. In high school, a friend offered her meth.

“I was addicted the first time I tried it,” says JR.

From an early age, JR felt powerless.

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Lose the Label: Addict

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jan 16, 2016 8:51:32 AM

Addict” is like a bright red, sticky label that obscures the person behind it. It’s as though nothing else about the person matters.

She’s an addict. It’s hopeless.

He made his bed. Now let him lie in it.

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Lose the Label: Stupid

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Sep 24, 2015 5:41:08 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

Jeff LeBlanc believed he was stupid.

“I just couldn’t get stuff and nobody could tell me why other than that I’m stupid.”

He couldn’t sit still in school and he had trouble concentrating on learning when there were other things to worry about.

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