About Us

Michael S. Oden, MA., Behavior Specialist, Life Coach


Experience as a Behavior Specialist, Counselor, Life Coach and Inspirational Speaker since 1998, Michael is the founder of The Final Step, a Drug & Alcohol outpatient program. Healing and shifting childhood trauma into a successful adulthood. Michael can help you find your missing piece. Having conducted over 8000+ interviews, and 40,000+ hours within a seven year span. 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 live a life drug free.

Michael is a Behavioral Specialist with over 20 years as a Probation Officer for the Los Angeles County, who holds a 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 Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® HBDI Thinking Styles and a Training Provider for the State of California Board of State and Community Corrections workshop “Learning and Thinking Styles for Law Enforcement”


  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Certified Trainer in HBDI®
  • Life Coach and Inspirational Speaker
  • Award-Winning Author of “When Nobody’s Home”
  • Specialist in Non-Violent Communication
  •  Founder of The Final Step, Emotional Awareness and Understanding-Drug and Alcohol Education Program
  • Trademarked and Developed The Needs Based Method®
  • Keynote Speaker

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 National 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, Recovery Coach and workshop facilitator. Alina is a Training Provider for the State of California Board of State and Community Corrections workshop “Learning and Thinking Styles for Law Enforcement”. Alina is also a certified Overeating Recovery coach. Alina has a strong experience in coaching, health and wellness, Life Transition, Career Advancement, Administrative duties, training and customer service with a focus on providing the recipient with the highest quality of professionalism as well as problem solving.

Alina is the co-founder and Program Director for The Final Step & The Needs Based Method® 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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