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Ending Addiction

Ending Addiction

It takes time.

Deep-seated addiction - whether it be to a relationship, a substance or a behavior - isn't going to go away in 30, 60 or 90 days, the length of many treatment programs.

Addiction isn't the issue.

Even more importantly, addiction isn’t the core problem. Drugs, alcohol, gambling, eating – they’re all coping mechanisms people use to avoid dealing with unwanted thoughts and feelings. They are methods of escape.

There's a history.

The pain that addicts are trying to escape has often existed since childhood. Individuals who experienced trauma in childhood are much more likely to become addicts as teens and adults. The more trauma, the greater the likelihood of addiction.

Whole-Person Recovery

UGM Recovery seeks to address the pain underlying the addiction and provide healing for the whole person.




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Whole Person

    • After an initial educational assessment, residents work to overcome any barriers to meaningful employment. Individualized instruction encompasses literacy training, GED testing, computer skills and college prep. Toward the end of the recovery program, residents participate in a business practicum experience – 240 hours of unpaid employment – to sharpen their job skills and rebuild their work history.


    • Cognitive therapy with a biblical base is supplemented by individual and group counseling.


    • While UGM attempts to provide all the resources necessary to address addiction’s underlying causes, only Christ can transform a life. Bible study, prayer, chapel and worship are integral components of UGM Recovery.


    • All participants live on site and engage in community, learning through the give-and-take of relationship.


    • Each individual receives a health and wellness check upon entering recovery, as well as assistance with smoking cessation, diet and exercise, and ongoing medical needs. A fitness area is available at each recovery location.

Amanda and Max

“If this place wasn’t here, I don’t know what would’ve happened to me…I wouldn’t be who I am today. UGM has given me hope. It’s given me love. It’s given me a life back.” – Amanda

Recovery Process

(or why does it take so long?)


Each four-month phase offers one-on-one guidance and counseling, classes, chores and recreational outings. Courses differ between men’s and women’s programs and include Bible Study, Money Management, Search for Significance, Boundaries/Beyond Boundaries, Understanding Addiction, Genesis Process, Healthy Relationships, Health and Fitness, Quest for Authentic Manhood, Every Man’s Battle, Pathway to Purpose, WorkNet, a business practicum, and hands-on work to develop academic and computer skills in the Voc-Ed Center.

(Click sections below for Phase details.)


  • Phase 1 Goals

    • Clear mind of drugs and alcohol; begin to trust others; identify healthy relationship boundaries; live in community; explore relationship with God and His power to bring change; admit underlying problems and powerlessness to change.

  • Phase 2 Goals

    • Continue identifying healthy relationship boundaries; acknowledge pain that drugs and alcohol were meant to numb; confront lies they’ve believed about God, the world and themselves; take a moral inventory of past behaviors and confess failures; investigate finding significance in Christ.

  • Phase 3 Goals

    • Dive deeply into relationships and past wounds; learn advanced recovery tools, relapse triggers, conflict resolution, and healthy alternatives; examine the meaning of identity in Christ; explore aptitudes and dreams with regard to finding meaningful work and being a valuable employee; compose an accountability team and support outside the Mission community; begin developing plans for Phase 5.

  • Phase 4 Goals

    • Take risks and practice living life in a new way; have freedom to make mistakes in a safe and healing environment where forgiveness and acceptance are also practiced; face feelings and share them with trusted people; continue to explore and claim identity in Christ; begin Business Practicum.

  • Phase 5 Goals

    • Pursue and maintain employment or continuing education; build/maintain connections with church, community and recovery groups; transition into permanent residence outside UGM shelters. UGM holds a yearly commencement, celebrating the men and women who have finished the recovery program and returned to society as contributing members.


Interested in entering the program? Click here for more information about UGM Men’s Recovery. Click here for information about Women’s Recovery.

Ongoing Recovery

While they might finish the recovery program, nobody “finishes” their recovery process. Lifelong recovery must be continually nurtured and pursued.

A person in recovery is most vulnerable to relapse in the first year after completing the program. When he or she has actively pursued recovery for five years, relapse rates fall below 15%.*

*National Institute on Drug Abuse


UGM is committed to walking alongside people in recovery for their long-term wellbeing, whether they’ve been through our programs or not. Click here for more information.

Children in Recovery

Trauma in a woman’s life spills over into her child’s life, resulting in disruptive behaviors, anger and various other disorders, including reactive attachment disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.

UGM provides the first safe, stable home many of these children have ever known.

Women’s Recovery also features a children’s recovery program, specifically tailored to the needs of emotionally damaged children.

Through counseling, training, and hands-on support, moms learn how to love, discipline and communicate with their children in healthy ways. At the same time, children grow in their ability to set boundaries, process the trauma they’ve been through, express their emotions, ask for what they need and experience what it’s like just to be a kid.

“I was angry at drugs. They make people lose their children! Why invent something that’s going to be like the worst invention in the world? Since I’ve been at Anna Ogden Hall…it’s just the best it’s been in years. Thank you for all you’ve done!” - Brett, age 10

Impact of your
gifts in 2020

46 men, 103 women and 57 children
welcomed into our recovery programs.
189 men and women
found employment.
19 adults
finished the full recovery program and returned to society as contributing members.
Break the cycle. Click here to provide one week of recovery for $250.