Is Addiction a Sin or a Disease?

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jun 7, 2017 3:40:50 PM

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 recovery is something that ends. But we are more concerned with people’s continued success and ongoing growth than in their completion of a program. Even as we celebrate the amazing work God has done in people’s lives, we know that especially during this first year on their own, they are vulnerable to relapse because they aren’t surrounded by the constant support and accountability they get while living at UGM. Here, Aftercare Manager Mike Doggett, who helps people about to leave the program make a plan for their lifelong wellbeing, speaks from experience about the need for continued support in ongoing recovery.

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Celebrating Beauty from Pain

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jun 23, 2016 4:27:15 PM

The stories of the 33 men and women who graduated from UGM LIFE Recovery on Tuesday are diverse – addiction, unhealthy and broken relationships, depression.

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Graduation Marks the Beginning

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jun 19, 2015 3:07:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

In Process

On Tuesday, June 16th, 22 individuals graduated from UGM LIFE Recovery. However, as Executive Director Phil Altmeyer pointed out, graduation is not the end of their journeys but the beginning.

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The Alcohol Escape

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jun 12, 2015 4:32:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

Always Running

“Running away…I did it in second grade, I did it in high school. Running away is just my coping mechanism.”

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Recovering from a Broken Heart

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jun 10, 2015 5:04:00 PM


When Jill was 36, her 10-year-old son died of leukemia.

Four years later, her mom died of cancer.

The grief threatened to swallow Jill whole.

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