Prison Ministry

Amy Muia, Director Tierra Nueva, Women's Chaplaincy/Skagit County Jail Ministry

I would highly recommend Genesis for prison work, because it's so effective at getting at root wounds and the causes of addiction.  My husband and I use it in the women's recovery house that we direct.  Many of our residents have jail/criminal history, and some are still court involved.  Our residents attest to the fact that it gets at those core issues like nothing else they've tried, not even treatment.  It's their testimonies that are so powerful, because these are folks who have gone through in-patient, out-patient, 12-step, and everything in-between. We're catching the notice of judges, treatment counselors, court advocates, and agency workers, because of the big changes they see in the residents we work with.

Residential Treatment Programs

Dean Perry, Program Director, Everett Rescue Mission

(Excerpts from Dean Perry, Everett Gospel Mission Newsletter) In group, we were able to help him deal with the roots of his struggle; "What is it that you are trying to avoid by quitting the program and rushing back to work?" I asked him. He then nailed it right on the head, "Feeling like a failure." The problem with sobriety is that all the guilt, shame, anger and remorse from the years of addiction slams the conscience with unrelenting pain. However, the crisis of circumstance can lead to the life changing crisis of faith. Fortunately for this man, he has begun to understand and respond to the grace of God through the gospel. "So how does the Gospel speak to your belief that you're a failure? What's Jesus say?" He paused, and then replied, "I don't know."

What followed is that magic moment of a teachable heart, not only for him, but also for the other guys in the group. I then got to explain how the gospel is not just something we respond to at the start of our faith, but as it says in Romans 1, it is the power of God's sanctifying work in our lives as Christians. This man started to then feel the impact that Jesus bore his failures, and in God's eyes, he has a perfect record of righteousness in Christ. He now has peace about staying in the program and letting God transform his life. Some days I really love my job.

Timothy Tice, M.D.
Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

The Genesis Process provides practical skills to address the seemingly unsolvable things we all are prone to do even though doing such things is unhealthy. Michael Dye has gained considerable wisdom through his own personal suffering, as well as through his 40+ years of adeptly treating others who suffer from addictions. The information and tools he provides from this experience provide powerful practical tools that have the necessary clinical and spiritual basis to set persons free. Through the Genesis process persons can be empowered to move closer to God and engage in rich deep relationships with others.

Rob Getty MA. MFT, Clinical Supervisor

I heartily recommend Michael Dye’s new book Filling the Empty Place! This is a seminal work pulling together decades of his research and clinical practice and pulling from his previous books showing the way toward hope and healing from destructive life patterns.  I have personally been helped and use Michael’s materials in my private practice seeing wonderful results.  Michael has a unique way of synthesizing the latest research in the addictive brain sciences, recovery principles and biblical truth and offering practical tools that truly help those struggling with life defeating patterns.  He provides this with compassion and competency having lived the principles he speaks of and helping others to live them also. 


Phil Altmeyer, CEO, Spokane Rescue Mission

In my 20+ years in Rescue work, nothing has led serious addicts to lasting recovery more effectively than the Genesis Process combined with an environment of grace.  Our mission has never experienced the results we've seen in the last 5 years. 


Brandon Lackey, chief program officer at The Foundry,  From the Huffington Post 9/20/17

The main curriculum for The Foundry’s recovery program is based on the Genesis Process, a Christian recovery workbook and training program written by Michael Dye, a California-based researcher and addiction counselor. The treatment helps people change their behavior by teaching biblical principles and providing cognitive exercises designed to challenge negative thoughts.

Darvin W. Smith, M.D. Director of Addictive Behaviors, International University of the Nations, President of ISAAC

The Genesis Process provides a practical guide for counselors and clients to develop an innovative and effective relapse prevention program using Biblical principles and the latest brain chemistry research. The major challenge in treating addictions is to reduce relapse while integrating them into a healthy lifestyle. I recommend this process to all those who are relapse prone and want sobriety and a changed life. 

Program Results

Jerry Reese, Program Director, Spokane Rescue Mission

I can clearly state that I would not run a recovery program without Genesis.  The tools that are incorporated in Genesis, and the depth in which each process goes in getting to core wounds and working through them toward healing, are the best we’ve experienced.  Additionally, how Genesis is biblically based supports everything that we as a ministry want to accomplish in helping our men to develop their relationship with Jesus.

In 3 ½ years of running our Grace-Based recovery program, we have 40 men who have completed all four phases (16 months).  Of those 40 men, 25 have maintained recovery, 7 we have lost contact with (they may be doing well, we just don’t know), 4 relapsed within the last 4 months but are back in recovery (working or going to school or both, maintaining their own residence, and have accountability), 2 have passed away, 1 went back to prison, and 1 is currently homeless.  Prior to going to a Grace-Based recovery environment and incorporating the Genesis Process, our success of seeing real changed lives was dismal at best.

As a ministry we are strong believers in the Genesis Process.  We have seen incredible results not only with the men and women who come to us for help, but we have used this material in our own personal recovery journey.  Several have taken it to their local churches to run Change Groups and some of us use the material with our own family members.  For those who desire to experience real freedom from the wounds of their past and enjoy healthy relationships that thrive, the Genesis Process is an invaluable resource.

Jan Marshall Director Shepard's Door Women's Program Portland (Retired)

As we, at Shepherd's Door, have watched our clients enter the Genesis portion of their program we have seen a remarkable thing happen. Women are truly emotionally courageous as they face the false belief system, choose to walk through the pain of memory, walk through the grief the memory initiates then choose to forgive. In this Genesis process we have witnessed supernatural healing from the Lord with those who choose to embrace truth. It has made a profound difference in our program.

Rev. Charles E Romanic Men's Program Director, Portland Rescue Mission

We have been using the Genesis Process in the Men's New Life Discipleship Program at the Portland Rescue Mission since April 2000. This tool has been the single most important tool added to our program in the past five years. It has uniquely enhanced and focused our recovery program. Since adding this component to our program in 2000 we have seen significant increases in the performance of our program graduates. Prior to using Genesis 38% of our graduates would experience long term recovery and a life of Christian faith (for more than 2 years). After implementing the Genesis Process, our long term rates have climbed to 70%. (As of 8/1/02). There is also an increased stability within the program due to men acknowledging the true condition of their hearts as they explore new truths in this process.

Relapse to Recovery

Dean Perry, Program Director Everett Rescue Mission

One of our residents had gone AWOL for 3 days, and two relapsed. Each man expressed sorrow for his behavior and desired to continue with the program. Sound like a familiar event in the lives of addicts? Can this cyclical behavior actually become an opportunity for real change? This is where the grace environment of the Genesis Program comes in. Each man met with our Program Committee (consisting of 2 program members and 3 staff) to determine if they should continue with the program, and if so, under what conditions. Each one seemed to express true sorrow and repentance, and they were allowed to continue with the program. However, there was some soul searching work to do involving counseling and accountability. The result has been that each man has gone deeper and gotten more honest in his recovery program. What we practice is really the discipline and restoration process Jesus gave us in Matthew 18 and Galatians 6. It really works for those who desire to change. What I've seen over and over is that grace takes time, it’s inconvenient and costly, but it transforms.

International Programs

United Kingdom

The Genesis Process is a powerful, bible based relapse prevention programme that has a very high success rate.  A number of residential drug rehabilitation programmes are using it in the UK but TTg is the only community programme using it.   I can testify to the rates of success amongst those completing Genesis, only yesterday morning one lady, who has been part of TTg since 2009, stood up in front of her church to talk about how her life has radically changed and how she is living life clean and sober for the first time since she was 12 years old, she said this was all due to God and what He has done in her life.  Hallelujah!  Another man who has also been with TTg since 2009 is also living a life free from heroin and methadone dependence since the age of 21, he came to us on the verge of dying and now looks fit and healthy, growing in his relationship with God and people.


Through The Gates (TTg), is a Christian Relapse Prevention ministry that seeks to bring people out of the darkness of drug and alcohol addiction and into the freedom of an abundant life.  With each individual who comes to TTg I use a workbook called The Genesis Process, which is based upon scripture and sound brain research.  This book helps the participants open up to God through His Spirit to experience freedom from addictive behaviors.  Participants discover the false things they believe about themselves, God and others.  Then through the help of the Holy Spirit they can experience freedom from the traumas experienced as a child/adult and start to believe the truth about who they really are.  Participants attend weekly individual sessions with myself and attend a support group also.  

One person who had a 15 year heroin addiction, came to TTg with 6 months to live.  They hadbeen a drug dealer and had been in and out of prison for violence.  They had completely given up on life and coming to see me was their last chance.  They had no hope and only turned up to see me to please others initially.  They went though the Genesis Process with me, attended weekly one to one sessions and groups that TTg ran and not only in time gave up heroin, but after a number of years met someone and now have a family.  Not only that but they are part of a church, have experienced physical transformation, completed a Diploma and now have a full time job!  


Addiction is an increasing problem in Africa. One of the students was a former Hashish addict. He had just quit using 3 month before. The teaching + exercises on double binds were powerful, road to the wounds, belief systems, accountability, faster scale etc. Some people committed themselves to get out of isolation, and live their lives connected to others and be accountable.

Women in Recovery

Debbie La Chance, Harvest Church, Regina, Saskatchewan,  

They shared a great testimony this morning with all the leaders about a woman who had all her children taken away, was a drug addict and alcoholic. After this couple took her through the Individual Genesis Workbook, she has been clean + sober for a year and this week got her children back after many years apart. A life saved along with her 4 children!

Another testimony was shared about a woman that our church sponsored to go through the training from a native church we support in the city - said that Genesis has made a huge difference to their community and has lit a fire this woman's heart for the broken and addicted. 

College girls

Thank you so much for making the Genesis Process for Change Groups available. I took two groups of college girls through the material this past semester and was blown away by the results. Not only did they all love it – but real healing happened in their lives.


I'm meeting with a high school boy whose Dad has beaten him for years and he is now living with our youth pastor. I've been meeting with him for 6months and last week he was ready to do a forgiveness worksheet, it was SO amazing to watch God help him through it. Today we worked on a False Belief that showed up in the worksheet and Jesus showed him some cool stuff and spoke to him. He was really blown away and touched. This stuff really works!!! I was so encouraged. Hope is a beautiful thing. Don

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In the work I did for the past eleven years, I did countless hours of research to help me find ways to heal my emotional pain and which resulted in a diagnosis of PTSD.I have used nearly every type of coping technique imaginable in my lifetime, to try to dull the enormous emotional pain I lived in because I was taught to hate myself, from a very early age. Part of the program here for volunteers includes the Genesis Process and after reading the first chapter, I was jumping up and down with excitement. The Genesis Process teaches everything I discovered for myself in my research and I know it is yet another miracle in my life to have found you.

Client Stories

Client, Truly Motivated Transitional Living, Yelm WA

I am so thankful to have the Genesis Process as a part of my recovery. I believe it has really helped me to understand where my addiction comes from and gives me the knowledge to realize that my recovery isn’t just about not using drugs or alcohol, but a process of retraining my brain and how to do it. Genesis has helped me learn about myself and why I have struggled with many issues. It makes me deal with my feelings, face my fears and learn to understand them, also why I have them and how to deal with them and change them with the help of God and others.

Client, Rescue Haven, SLC UTah

When I arrived I was broken I had spent the last 2 years trying to kill myself with alcohol, and not knowing why. My counselor and director of Rescue Haven, Lisa worked with me for 8 months. Without her, God, pastor Chris and your program I would not be the strong, independent, happy, fulfilled person I am today. Your genesis program has helped in so many ways. I wish I could bottle this and pass it out to everyone on the street. I have never been happier in my life I understand today that my past is my past. I worked thru it and left the pain behind. My children see the changes I have made.

Kimberly Emery, client

Your research and hard work, and His guidance have given me back my life, and given my six children back their mother. It is my intention to work within the ministry of women and children when I complete my program here. I am grateful to the Genesis Process for many things, one of which is my ability to dream again, and to set goals. I had been chemical free for over 18 months when I began the process, and I knew within the first two processes that I was not dealing as much with a chemical issue as I was an addictive personality. My world was tainted with feelings of inadequacy that reached my entire life and seriously impacted me in areas around abandonment and unhealthy relationships.

Andrew Burns, Client

I committed my heart and mind to the Lord's leading. It took a bit of time, but eventually I ended up at the Rockford Rescue Mission (Illinois). Long story short, my legal back ground barred me from entry to their program. But God honored the desire of my heart and got me in. I was invigorated to learn I was not alone and seemed to excel at the work given to me...I finally felt like ME again. After the nine weeks in the first stage of the program and an additional three or four months in the second stage I started the Genesis Process. It is the main (and I'll say anointed) tool through which God Himself restores those who are willing here in Rockford, Illinois at the Mission's Men's Life Recovery Program. May 17, 2011 I will have 4 years of uninterrupted sobriety from alcohol and drugs. I'm tearing up because I'm grateful. But God isn't done yet and has me working through Genesis for a third time...deeper layers of the onion, and it's much more difficult this time around.

Chris Sullivan, Client

I was first introduced to Michael Dye and the Genesis Process in October 2000. The first time I was taken through the process I began to change as I could approach patterns of thinking which had been so destructive in my life with new confidence of change.  What a life changing discovery that has been in my life. Once I saw my true battle was not truth, but things I had come to believe to survive, I could begin to embrace the truth of God's forgiveness and mercy. I am a pastor and I also teach Genesis to those battling control and destructive behavioral patterns in the church. It is wonderful seeing how it changes their thinking and life. Chris Sullivan

Gay Block, Client and YWAM Missionary

Genesis literally turned my life around! For many years I was not able to get a handle on why addictions seemed to run my life in directions I would certainly not choose to go. When I learned that I could actually have some control over the neurochemicals that dictated my moods, and began to comprehend the process of addiction, I found hope and understanding! Wonderful 'worksheets' keep me conscious if old patterns try to surface. Then when a huge cluster of lies I bought as a child were uncovered, I got to the very roots of all of my addictions. With the pain healed, there is now no need to hide from anything, and life has taken on huge new joy and meaning. I had worked years to produce minimal behavioral changes, but a just a few moments of prayer and the subsequent healings changed me from the ground up forever! I am not the same person! Gay Block, YWAM Missionary 

K.A., Client

I have experienced a wonderful breakthrough thanks to Genesis. I have been unable to recall many painful childhood memories despite years of psychotherapy. A couple of weeks ago, my therapist and I were working on this issue and as we began an intervention, Genesis concepts about false belief systems, projected lies, and survival lies kept flooding my mind and the mental barriers fell. The memories began flowing, the tears falling, for the first time. This is a major success for me and I am so excited to finally be able to remember some of my past. It is an answer to a longstanding prayer of mine.

Carl, Client, Portland Rescue Mission

Upon glancing at the Genesis Process book, I found myself feeling very ambivalent. I felt a lot of fear over the “onion” that would have to be peeled, yet found myself with a lot of hope. If your desire is to learn how to live life and relate to people in a very healthy and godly way, then I can think of nothing better than to go through the Genesis Process. The tools are beyond value, as I now have a way to see danger in my life before it is too late. As you go through the Genesis Process, have an open mind and be prepared to heal.

Weekend Personal Change Seminar

Next to the day in April 1977 that I had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, what happened to me last week is the most unbelievable life changing experience I have ever had.  The words you said, and the exercises you led where putting together the framework for the power of God to deliver and heal my broken heart.  By the time we got to the prayer of forgiveness on Friday, I was in the right spiritual place to receive His Grace.  

I thought it would be a prayer about my father (an alcoholic who literally disowned me at 15 when he found out I got drunk), but instead the prayer of forgiveness was for my mother who stood silently by when Dad did this and betrayed me.. When you asked us to ask the Lord to give us His picture of her, I saw in my heart that picture of her wild panic.  The Lord revealed to me that was the look she had on her face when she was sexually abused as a child.  

I will never be the same again.  I am not the same person.  I could write paragraph after paragraph about what has happened since I have returned:  from an awesome experience with my Senior Executive Pastor to being able today to ask my step-daughters (one is a sex addict and the other a cocaine addict (in dry relapse) for their forgiveness for my self-righteous, legalistic, hateful behavior towards them. Maybe the very best way to end this is to say simply: People now know that I belong to Jesus because of my love.