My boyfriend, my childrens step father and father moved to Marr last July, upon which we had agreed to family counseling and visitation. Well, we never got that . This caused my daughter , then 16, to cut herself and I had to have her admitted to peach ford for suicide watch. Now my son is having abandonment issues as well. Though I understand my ex is doing great . I'd like to tellearn the side of the families who get left behind . They essentially make these men quit their lives altogether , they do not promote families at all. And I'd never recommend anyone ever going here if you wish to love your children or wives because they are apparently against it. My family has suffered dearly and are continuing to . So just to let the public know how way off they are on interpersonal communication. My opinion is they suck in this aspect . I do hope in the future they throw the value of family in their program.
I attended Marr years ago. Reading these reviews make me sick. I got out of Marr and Stayed sober for 5 years. My Sister also went to Marr and has over 12 years sober. The fact that someone died at Marr, is not Marr's fault. You go into a treatment center already with the drug addiction. So the fact that he didn't want to get clean is not Marr's fault. 2 years after I was out I wanted to drink again. I called Tiffany and she went over my RPP and talked me completely out of my relapse. The women there care about you and sometimes they are harsh, but its sometimes what people need, to stay clean. I am now a certified substance abuse counselor and its all because of MARR.
I was saved by marr, over a year ago. I did not want to go into treatment. I felt all alone. The women there helped me love myself and I loved them. It was the best decision I have ever made!
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I read the review for the family member who lost their loved one from drug overdose while at MARR. I can tell you that this is devastating not only to you but to MARR. I have never met a group of more dedicated, caring, and competent professionals than the people at MARR. They certainly do NOT do it for the money. Most of the people working there are in recovery and this is their passion. They celebrate recovery. I have been to Ridgeview, Talbot, Peachford and I can say, without a doubt, that MARR is the most intense and effective treatment available. Unfortunately, addiction is a lethal disease and people do die from this. They die at Ridgeview and other treatment centers as well - this is not something unique to MARR. I love these guys and they saved my life.
MARR saved my son's life!!! He has been sober since he was admitted in May of 2009. He graduated from college at 30 years old in May of 2015 summa cum laude with a 4.0.
To the person that heard MARR had an overdose death. You are correct. It was my 23 year old son. When I took him to MARR desperate and knowing he was a severe addict they made MARR sound like it was just the place. He was to sick to be living with a 33 year old physician and a 44 year old dentist in an apartment complex. He overdosed on a Friday night from lethally laced herion. Brian nor Doug bothered to call me. My son never received the letter his father noR I wrote him ( we waited the allotted time) nor did I receive his til two weeks after his death. They never even tried to find out where the drugs came from. Two days before my son's death the social worker, Millicent Parker told me my son could not have his art supplies. Instead he was able to do herion out of desperation. I hate this place and I think that they are not equipped for the serious addict. Had I sent my son to a more organized establishment I believe he would be alive today.
I would definitely checkout all the rehab facilities in the Atlanta area before committing to MARR. I have heard that MARR did have an overdose death. Some of the MARR staff gave me the impression of a really good car salesmen. Meaning they can talk the talk, and really want your money. They also do not incorporate any physically activity into their rehab program. A lot of down time, not doing anything. This alone is destructive behavior.
For the person wondering about the reviews from 2011. They are probably bogus. This is not a good place to go. There are much better treatment centers. Men have actually overdosed and died there. Stay away.
I am trying to figure out why all the reviews are only from Feb. 2011. They all seem like they were written by the same person.
Can someone on this site please explain this?
I am a person that has been to three "treatment centers", and most have only cared about how much money you had to give. There was very little taught about how to live. I entered Traditions based on a recommendation of a friend. I was a bit leary, but meeting the director for the first time put me at ease. Brian was different than others I had encountered. His first question was not how far in advance I wanted to pay. Instead, he asked about me. He wanted to know what brought me to treatment again. There is alot of structure in this enviroment, and it is not meant for everyone. We have seemingly endless groups, and I was not a fan at first. However, I am learning something I never really knew before. I am learning the essentials for living a clean (sober) life. If you do not want to learn to live without drugs then this is probably not the place for you. Recovery is about the choices you make. If you chose not to be happy at Traditions; you will not be. The staff has a genuine care and concern for those that walk through their doors. It is not a fake care. It resonates in how they speak and act. I consider myself lucky to have found Traditions. I thank Brian, Sam, Travis and Emily for opening my eyes that I can recover if I am willing.
I attended MARR “Traditions” South for two weeks. I came in voluntarily. It was a dreadful experience. My wife and I both heard very good reviews about the program. It must have been MARR North because where I was at in MARR South was just a disorganized uncaring unhealthy program. My wife paid for this program, because at this time, being the addict that I am, I ran myself dry. Upon entering though, we were on very good terms. Also, MARR, “helped” me work it out with the courts that I would be staying there and did not need to check in for probation… Anyway, at MARR they base everything on there on so-called "accountability", which means having men tell on other men to get more rewards in the program. Such as visitation out or phone privileges. Which is very understandable. You would not want men using drugs or drinking and such. Instead men would look to find anything, not cleaning, not paying attention in a meeting or such to "move up"... What happened to me in this respect... Well, one counselor told me my wife could visit for a MARR speaker. The other counselors did not know. This upset one of the men here. I was called out on this! Because of counselor miscommunication? I got in trouble? Then my counselor, L. C, who had severe anger and mental issues of his own would lash out at me in group. I overheard him complaining to another counselor about his Chapter 7 and marital problems... He would then, with a heated demeanor and red-face come in and counsel me. Having the nerve - calling me names. This is a guy who is supposed to help me? To bring families together? I was not even allowed to talk to my wife the first weeks and this guy was! I spent sleepless nights worrying about my marriage and what this man was telling my wife! It was terrifying. When I look back, it was like a nightmare. The man in charge of family issues was mentally sicker than me. I may have addiction problems, but this man was very disturbed. As for the residential manager, T. C, he was just a mean guy. I affronted him once when in group he called me out for smoking in the apartment. Which was a lie. I was standing outside on the porch. Apparently he smelled it. Anyway, I said it was untrue. He asked if I was calling him a liar and well, yes, I was. That was it for me. He greeting to me everyday was, “if you don’t like it here, pack your stuff and get out!”. He know by this time I was staying only to please my wife, so he antagonizing me. He also loved to tell me how I was going to relapse. Well, it’s been five months and no relapse. I am grateful to God. As for when the time came to leave, it was a mutual break. Their way of discharging me was putting all of my stuff in a box and dropping me off at a Barnes and Noble. My wife had my Cell Phone. By the grace of God, I leaked it to one of the ¾ men that I would be there. Out of his kindness, he drove me too a sober living community. From there, I continued real recovery. My wife did not understand nor believe the horror that this place was for me. The counselors were selfish and in many ways cruel. Again, maybe MARR north is totally different. As for the men here… Some want recovery, some don’t care. Most are good guys just wanting to get by. They follow all of the rules and don’t buck. They tell the counselors what they want to hear even when it’s not true. As for my probation, when I left, L. C, wrote a scathing letter to my officer about me. Saying I needed higher care and that I was mentally ill… I was in only for a DUI. He really wanted to hurt me. I highly recommend finding another recovery center where there are caring people. Thank you for reading. This is all true – this is no “addict behavior”