No Longer Bound started in 1983 by founder, Mike Harden. As a former Marine, Mike had returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam (1968-69) with a new battle to fight: a powerful addiction to cocaine. Mike found freedom from his addiction through a personal relationship and encounter with Jesus and received the vision to start No Longer Bound.
Originally, the ministry borrowed a three-bedroom house in rural Georgia. Only three desperate men arrived to attend the program, but they started building nonetheless. One by one, the men continued to arrive, seeking help from their addictions. As the program grew in size and success, it quickly became a home and refuge to those who had given up (or were given up on) by life. Before long, this house of healing adopted the name “New Freedom Lodge.”
No Longer Bound was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1991, and moved from being a halfway house to a structured drug and alcohol program. The initial recovery commitment was six months of residential treatment, but as time has passed, the Regeneration Program was developed into a 10-month in-patient treatment center.
Each year, approximately 82 men come to NLB to overcome their addiction to drugs or alcohol. The program maintains a 50% (and above) graduation rate but focuses its benchmark on the individual success of each graduate.