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Deep Roots and Humble Beginnings

Mike Harden was a Marine who returned from Vietnam with an addiction to drugs and alcohol. After years 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 Atlanta in search of men needing help.  

In no time, men began showing up on their own. Mike named the house “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 31 years, over 1300 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 an addiction to drugs and alcohol. After years 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 Atlanta in search of men needing help.  

In no time, men began showing up on their own. Mike named the house “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 31 years, over 1300 men have found freedom from addiction at No Longer Bound.

Brain of a Business, Heart of a Ministry

In 2014, No Longer Bound transitioned into its second generation of leadership. Executive Director Edward Bailey led No Longer Bound through a time of tremendous change, improving our campus and pursuing five levels of state licensing equipping the program to treat co-occuring mental health disorders.

Today, No Longer Bound has a 56-bed dorm we call the Hope House, a new Dining Hall & Family Center (Harden Hall), a Vocational Training Center (Thompson Training Center), a computer lab, weight room, a wonderful recreation space, and a full staff of ministry-minded clinicians.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Ben Tison, we look forward to our next 30 years, continuing in our efforts to be a seamless integration of Christ-center ministry and evidenced-based clinical treatment, truly transforming lives beyond sobriety.

Brain of a Business, Heart of a Ministry

In 2014, No Longer Bound transitioned into its second generation of leadership. Executive Director Edward Bailey led No Longer Bound through a time of tremendous change, improving our campus and pursuing five levels of state licensing equipping the program to treat co-occuring mental health disorders.

Today, No Longer Bound has a 56-bed dorm we call the Hope House, a new Dining Hall & Family Center (Harden Hall), a Vocational Training Center (Thompson Training Center), a computer lab, weight room, a wonderful recreation space, and a full staff of ministry-minded clinicians.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Ben Tison, we look forward to our next 30 years, continuing in our efforts to be a seamless integration of Christ-center ministry and evidenced-based clinical treatment, truly transforming lives beyond sobriety.

Building an Effective Recovery Model

The CDC now reports “accidental overdose” as the number on cause of death in the Unites States for people under 50. Unfortunately, for-profit treatment has become big business with insurance companies driving profits and making length of stay decision. 

Research shows, unequivocally, that long term sobriety is dependent on length of treatment. 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 for such poor outcomes.

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

Building an Effective Recovery Model

The CDC now reports “accidental overdose” as the number on cause of death in the Unites States for people under 50. Unfortunately, for-profit treatment has become big business with insurance companies driving profits and making length of stay decision. 

Research shows, unequivocally, that long term sobriety is dependent on length of treatment. 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 for such poor outcomes.

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

Our Program Today 

No Longer Bound looks a little different today than we did back 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 our next future, we remain committed to a seamless integration of Christ-centered curriculum and evidence-based clinical therapy.

Our Program Today 

No Longer Bound looks a little different today than we did back 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 our 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.