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Deep Roots and Humble Beginnings

Mike Harden was a Marine who returned from Vietnam with a powerful addiction to drugs. After a time of intense struggle and chaos, he achieved sobriety and transformation through faith. In 1990, Mike heard God calling him to serve men in addiction, so he borrowed a three-bedroom house in Cumming, Georgia and canvassed the streets of downtown Atlanta, searching for men in need of help.  

Soon, men began showing up on their own asking for help, and Mike named the house the “New Freedom Lodge.” One year later, No Longer Bound became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and started moving toward a structured drug and alcohol recovery program.

Over the years, the program has gone through many changes. Today, we are a state licensed, long-term, residential, faith-based and clinical treatment program. In the past 30 years, over 1200 men have found freedom from addiction at No Longer Bound.

Deep Roots and Humble Beginnings

Mike Harden was a Marine who returned from Vietnam with a powerful addiction to drugs. After a time of intense struggle and chaos, he achieved sobriety and transformation through faith. In 1990, Mike heard God calling him to serve men in addiction, so he borrowed a three-bedroom house in Cumming, Georgia and canvassed the streets of downtown Atlanta, searching for men in need of help.  

In not time, men began showing up on their own asking for help, and Mike named the house the “New Freedom Lodge.” One year later, No Longer Bound became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and started moving toward a structured drug and alcohol recovery program.

Over the years, the program has gone through many changes. Today, we are a state licensed, long-term, residential, faith-based and clinical treatment program. In the past 30 years, over 1200 men have found freedom from addiction at No Longer Bound.

“Every time someone visits our campus, they feel something different. What they feel is the spiritual aspect of decades of life change. You can just feel the history here, and we wanted to build on top of that,” he said. “If we started a regeneration program from scratch, it just wouldn’t be the same.” 

The Second Generation: Brain of a Business, Heart of a Ministry

In 2004, Edward Bailey arrived at No Longer Bound as a 24-year-old meth addict about to die. After completing the Regeneration Program, he became a counselor, took over leadership of various NLB businesses, and ultimately became Director of Operations. In 2012, Edward heard God telling him he would lead the organization into its next season, and in 2014 No Longer Bound transitioned into its second generation of leadership. 

In 2017 and 2018, Edward led No Longer Bound in a capital campaign that raised $3.4 million to improve our campus, and we pursued five levels of state licensing to qualify the program to treat co-occuring mental health disorders. Today, No Longer Bound has a 56 bed dorm we call the Hope House and a full staff of ministry-minded clinicians. As we move into No Longer Bound’s next future, we strive to be a seamless integration of Christ-center ministry and evidenced based clinical treatment.

 

Second Generation Leadership: Brain of a Business, Heart of a Ministry

In 2004, Edward Bailey arrived at No Longer Bound as a 24-year-old meth addict about to die. After completing the Regeneration Program, he became a counselor, took over leadership of various NLB businesses, and ultimately became Director of Operations. In 2012, Edward heard God telling him he would lead the organization into its next season, and in 2014 No Longer Bound transitioned into its second generation of leadership. 

In 2017 and 2018, Edward led No Longer Bound in a capital campaign that raised $3.4 million to improve our campus, and we pursued five levels of state licensing to qualify the program to treat co-occuring mental health disorders. Today, No Longer Bound has a 56 bed dorm we call the Hope House and a full staff of ministry-minded clinicians. As we move into No Longer Bound’s next future, we strive to be a seamless integration of Christ-center ministry and evidenced based clinical treatment.

 

“Every time someone visits our campus, they feel something different. What they feel is the spiritual aspect of decades of life change. You can just feel the history here, and we wanted to build on top of that,” he said. “If we started a regeneration program from scratch, it just wouldn’t be the same.” 

Building an Effective Recovery Model

In 2021, the CDC reported “accidental overdose” as the number on cause of death in the Unites States for people over 50. Unfortunately, for-profit treatment has become big business with insurance companies making length of stay decision. 

Research shows, unequivocally, that long term sobriety is dependent on length of treatment. But in today’s world, most insurance companies allow for 14-21 days of care. This exacerbates a cycle of addiction and relapse that makes it hard for a person in addiction to heal. It also costs a tremendous amount of money with poor outcomes.

No Longer Bound’s unique funding model affords men one full year of safety, individual counseling, group therapy, family therapy, vocational training, spiritual formation, and vocational training. This video explains the problem with traditional addiction treatment and how No Longer Bound is different.

Building an Effective Recovery Model

In 2021, the CDC reported “accidental overdose” as the number on cause of death in the Unites States for people over 50. And yet, the for-profit treatment industry is broken, and lasting change is hard.

Research shows, unequivocally, that long term sobriety is dependent on length of treatment. But in today’s world, most insurance companies allow for 14-21 days of care. This exacerbates a cycle of addiction and relapse, making it hard for the person in addiction to heal.

No Longer Bound’s unique funding model affords men one fully year of safety, counseling, group therapy, vocational training, spiritual formation, and vocational training. This video explains the problem with traditional addiction treatment centers, the industry and how No Longer Bound is different.

Our Program Today 

No Longer Bound may look a little different than it did in 1990, but our heart remains the same. We are relentless for real transformation. We walk along side men as they address the trauma of their past, so they can find lasting freedom through intimacy with God, self and others. As No Longer Bound moves towards its next future, we remain committed to a seamless integration of Christ-centered curriculum and evidence based clinical therapy.

Our Program Today 

No Longer Bound may look a little different than it did in 1990, but our heart remains the same. We are relentless for real transformation. We walk along side men as they address the trauma of their past, so they can find lasting freedom through intimacy with God, self and others. As No Longer Bound moves towards its next future, we remain committed to a seamless integration of Christ-centered curriculum and evidence based clinical therapy.

Want to know more about our history?

Watch the video below to learn more about founder Mike Harden’s unique past. This mini-documentary was created ten years ago by No Longer Bound residents and staff.