About Us

Michael S. Oden, MA., Drug & Alcohol Counselor

Founder

With over 13 years’ experience as a Counselor, Life Coach and Motivational Speaker, Michael is the founder of The Final Step, a Drug & Alcohol outpatient program. Healing and shifting childhood trauma into a successful adulthood. Let us help you find your missing piece. Have conducted for over seven years, 8000+ interviews, and 40,000+ hours. Needless to say, the results have been eye opening. Over 80% of his clients complete their probation successfully.  The State average is 17% for individuals dealing with drug challenges. He now knows the truth behind drug dependency. It’s presented in his new book When Nobody’s Home as the first book of a connected series that strives to educate and inspire those who are impacted by substance abuse and offer a way to rise above it consciously and for good drug free.

Michael is a Probation Officer for the Los Angeles County Probation Department.  For over 7 years, he was responsible for supervising a drug and alcohol offender caseload called Proposition-36 which consisted of over 500 clients at any given time.  (Prop 36 was a law that was passed by the State of California in July of 2001 that stated anyone who is arrested for a narcotic offense would be sent to a treatment program as opposed to Prison or County Jail.)

Michael has Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and a Masters of Art in Counseling Psychology from National University in Los Angeles, CA.  Michael is a certified trainer in The HBDI Thinking Styles and a Continuing Education Provider by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Highlights

  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Anger Management classes
  • Life Coach and Motivational Speaker
  • Award-Winning Author of “When Nobody’s Home”
  • Speaker for high schools, colleges and county jails
  •  Founder of The Final Step, an dependency outpatient private practice
  • Trademarked and Developed “The Needs Based Method”™
  • IMFT with High Risks Youth and Family
  • IMFT at an Inpatient Rehabilitation Center in Anaheim,CA

Alina J. Ugas, Program Director & Certified Recovery Coach

Program Director

Alina is result-oriented, high-energy, hands-on professional, with a successful record of accomplishments in the medical field.  As a Certified Recovery Coach by CADAAC  and with over eight years experience with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health she can assist you as a Life Coach. She is also certified in Overeating Recovery and is licensed as a Adult Residential Care Facility (ARCF) administrator in the State of California and a Continuing Education Provider by the Board of Behavioral Science. Alina is experienced in coaching, health and wellness, Life Transition, Career Advancement, administrative duties, training, quality assurance, and customer service with a focus on providing the recipient with the highest quality of information as well as problem solving.

Alina is the Program Director for The Final Step & The Needs Based Method(R) and is the facilitator for our  Health & Wellness “Emotional Eating Process Group” and Chronic Illness support group for those who have been diagnosed with Hypertension, Diabetes or a Chronic Illness. Alina has over thirty years in various facets of the medical field. She knows from firsthand experience what it is like to have a loved one suffer with a chronic illness. She treats all of her clients with compassion and empathy and is committed in assisting them to live a healthier and longer life.

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