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At the age of 31, Lauren realized that drugs and alcohol were destroying her life. Ready to make a change, she came to City of Angels NJ (COA). Because Lauren had already tried traditional rehabs, and because insurance coverage was an issue, COA sent her to U-Turn for Christ in Greenville, Tennessee. /nU-Turn runs a tough, faith-based program. Men and women live and work in separate quarters. When they are not helping with chores, women work in U-Turn's thrift store; men chop wood for the wood-burning stoves that heat the trailers where both men and women live. There are no frills and no excuses: in their early weeks, women wash their clothes by hand, learning the value of hard work and self-reliance. Bible study and church service are a big part of everyone's lives, since U-Turn leader Pastor Steve believes that without a strong faith, addiction sufferers cannot get and stay clean./nIn order to graduate, both men and women must complete a major physical, mental and emotional challenge: they have to dig a hole. The hole must be huge -- 5 feet on all sides, or larger. It must be dug in any weather, with only a shovel. Many graduates say that after battling their own anger, resentment and frustration during the digging, they finally found God at the bottom./nIn this video, Lauren describes the extraordinary path that led her to U-Turn for Christ, and how her 9 weeks there completely changed her life./nCity of Angels NJ, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that works with addiction sufferers and their families to get addicts into treatment, then help them maintain recovery when they return home. There is no charge for our services. For more details about COA's many programs and activities, please visit http://www.cityofangelsnj.org.