Welcome to Get Back Up

Get Back Up, Inc., is a state of the art, comprehensive Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, that offers an "onsite" continuum of care. GBU is a 30,000 square foot, 160 bed facility, one of the largest of its kind in the state of Michigan. The program provides a multitude of resources to its residents, in tandem with their treatment, all under one roof which opened with residents April 1, 2009.

Get Back Up, Inc., is the vision of its founder, President and CEO. Dr. William L. (Billy) Taylor, Jr., and is based on the belief that having a positive vision of the future is a powerful motivator for change. Dr. Taylor has inspired thousands to turn life's setbacks into comebacks and GET BACK UP.

Get Back Up, Inc. is a non-profit service organization that responds to many of the challenges facing adult men in recovery.  GBU's programs draw upon the personal achievements and life experiences of Dr. Taylor and focus on several core areas:

Transitional Dynamics

Dealing with individual and collective behaviors, environmental influences, personal actions and attitudes that shape our clients’ experiences as they navigate the rigorous road of recovery.

Academic Success

Education remains one of the best investments of a lifetime. It not only teaches young people how to make a living but also how to make their way through life. "My academic success at Michigan has taken me further than my athletic achievements," said Dr. Taylor. "It provided me with skills, knowledge and self esteem that no one can ever take away." GBU is committed to getting that message out to all audiences which have included high school and college students, student athletes, and adults of all ages who have postponed or never pursued educational advancement.

Second Starts

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up" - Thomas Edison Directing, coaching, encouraging and mentoring others who have lost their way is a cornerstone of GBU. Because of his personal experience, Billy Taylor is committed to building new services and working with existing programs that bolster the opportunities for and success of people who are striving for second starts.


Having a positive vision of the future is a powerful motivator for change. Those who focus on the problems, an impasse or the hurdles that stand in the way, hamper their ability to move forward. As he motivates and inspires others, Dr. Taylor's emphasis is on character, core values, individual choice, courage and the " five P's": Preparation, Persistence, Patience, Perseverance and the Power of Transformation.

Inspired to "Get Back Up " turning life's set backs into come backs, Dr. Taylor exemplifies the importance of resiliency, inner strength and the belief that it is possible to overcome adversity, reach your highest potential and reestablish a meaningful life.

Life Coaching

GBU consistently uses two "headline" phrases that relate to the Life Coaching Process: "Plan your Life's Work, and Work your Life's Plan" and "When Plan A Fails, Implement Plan B". As a follow up to the headline, we often tell our clients: "If you don't know where you are going, you will probably not get there!" As a challenge to them, we use an Oprah Winfrey question: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" Ideally, GBU's Life Coaching Program is planned to be an intensive one-on-one or small group interaction with those who need "focusing assistance."

Dr. Billy Taylor and Coach Bo Schembechler, an icon in University of Michigan athletic history has been like a second father to Taylor.

Dr. Billy Taylor with Uiversity of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh

Dr. Billy Taylor with Kathy Schembechler at the unveiling of the Bo Schembechler statue in front of Schembechler Hall.

 Dr. Billy Taylor with Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson.


Unveiling of the Bo Schembechler statue.

Dr. Billy Taylor presented President Barack Obama with a personal copy of his autobiography Get Back Up, The Billy Taylor Story at an Obama for America fund-raiser in Detroit.

Dr Billy Taylor and CNN commentator and Georgetown University professor Dr Michael Eric Dyson holding his copy of "Get Back Up - The Billy Taylor Story"