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Recovery: The Hardest Work

Aug 29, 2019 4:45:28 PM

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 you’ll never see describing it is easy. From the outset, those interested in doing recovery at UGM are informed that it’s the hardest work they’ll ever do, but also the most rewarding.

Both were on display at the recent phase completion ceremony for men’s recovery. Anthony Miller came into the program with a class of seven other men. As he enters the final phase transitioning out of UGM, he’s the only one left.

The Heart of Lifelong Recovery

Aug 15, 2019 1:08:27 PM

5 years is a big milestone in recovery, but fixating on the milestone misses the whole point of recovery: It's for life.

I am no one's Savior.

Sep 5, 2018 5:17:05 PM

Working in recovery can be discouraging. People relapse. And we feel like we've failed.

Long-Term Recovery: The Right Kind of Hungry

Jul 11, 2018 1:48:25 PM

In order to have lifelong recovery, you need to stay hungry for the things that sustain it. The moment you think you've arrived is the moment you're most vulnerable.

Is Addiction a Sin or a Disease?

Jun 7, 2017 3:40:50 PM

Each time I enter an establishment that serves alcohol, I'm reminded I have a weakness. I have to be vigilant not to be pulled back into the abyss of addiction.

Recovery. For Life.

Mar 23, 2017 1:09:53 PM

Jesus came to give us life to the full (John 10:10): quality of life, for the whole duration of life. UGM's Recovery for Life 12-step meetings speak to both.

Recovery: a story of brokenness and healing

Dec 19, 2014 3:34:50 PM

If we wrote our own stories, we'd probably leave out all the pain and suffering, but often, that's where the growth comes in. There is beauty in brokenness and recovery.

Recovery: in it together

Sep 3, 2014 4:02:10 PM

UGM writer Barbara Comito reflects on the all-staff conference and what she learned about her identity in Christ.