I am no one's Savior.

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Sep 5, 2018 5:17:05 PM

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 maintain their sobriety for 5 years, their chances of continuing in lifelong recovery are close to 85 percent. Sometimes, however, he has the discouraging job of facing repeated incidents of relapse.


"I keep fighting voices in my head that say I'm not enough" -Lauren Daigle.

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Long-Term Recovery: The Right Kind of Hungry

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Jul 11, 2018 1:48:25 PM

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 preparation for a deeply satisfying life of connection, relationships, and service to others.  Maintaining that rich life requires cultivation of a different kind of hunger than we usually talk about at UGM – a healthy, lifelong hunger.

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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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Recovery. For Life.

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Mar 23, 2017 1:09:53 PM

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 broader perspective, we wanted to come up with a brief way to explain why we have a whole department – Aftercare – devoted to people who aren’t staying at UGM.

We found that the answers were in the second half of the names:

For Life.


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Recovery: a story of brokenness and healing

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Dec 19, 2014 3:34:50 PM

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, "A Front Row Seat to Holiness" and part 1, "What's the 'G' in UGM?"

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Recovery: in it together

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Sep 3, 2014 4:02:10 PM

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 conference was on who we are in Christ. Tim Rule of the Aphesis Group presented an intensive training on the importance of identity and recognizing who we are apart from our appearance, our roles, our success, our careers, or our family backgrounds.

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