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February 27, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011
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My dad once asked me how I found MARR.

I answered saying, "I didn't find MARR dad, it was a God thing."

He asked me what I meant.

I returned his question with a question.

I asked, "Do you honestly think (having witnessed my life of 50 years) that I would have
picked a treatment center in a mid grade office park, across from a Holiday Inn Select, around the corner from a waffle house?"

He answered quickly with a no.

He was right.

I would have chosen some place in the desert out west. Or a big name, highly visible "rehabilitation center" with a campus worthy of the cover spread of the current issue of Architectural Digest.

Thank God I didn't get what I would have wanted. Instead I got what I needed.

MARR saved my life.

They met me "exactly" where I was... mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I was a wreck. And I didn't want to believe it. In many ways I didn't even know it.

They made it safe. Pushed but didn't rush. Let the process they know so well work for me when I was ready.

Simple. Not always easy.

There was no better treatment for a guy like me than to live in "community" with others like me. I learned more about "me" by living in "community" then any book I had read, therapist I had seen or bullshit I had told myself was true.

MARR lives recovery.

MARR offers recovery to those like me who want to live a better life.

MARR offered. I accepted.

Sometimes quickly. Sometimes slowly.

They were patient when I wasn't willing.

They were ready when I was willing.

When I was ready they showed me how to embrace my recovery, my life, my problems and my relationship with AA and my Higher Power.

Like I said, MARR saved my life. It can save your life too.

Or the life of someone you love.

This year one of my loved ones came to MARR.

Today we both have the tools to live a life that was far better than any life we have known before recovery.

That is just one of the many blessings I have recieved and witnessed as both a client and now a volunteer at MARR.

Life is short.

So is 90 days when you get a "lifetime" in return.

I didn't choose MARR. MARR chose me.

It is the best decision ... "I" never made.

With love and respect,

MARR Alumnus & Volunteer 2008



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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally and with loved ones who have gone through this program and the family programs offered at MARR.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to privately, quietly fund this program so that more scholarships were available to those who can not afford this program.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

M.A.R.R. has given me my daughter back and has helped me make life long friends. The staff is awesome.

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my entire life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not.

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

For several years, my husband and I were frightened, confused, and desperate to help my 24 year old son who had been struggling with addiction since his teenage years. Our lives were in chaos trying to deal with a lifestyle we could not understand.
A family member, who was an alumnus, told us
about MARR. On my son’s twenty fourth birthday, I took him to lunch and gave him a birthday card. When he opened it and noticed there was no money, he asked where his birthday present was. I told him I was giving him a wonderful present for his birthday, but he had to accept it. My present to him was an opportunity to become sober by participating in a recovery program in Atlanta called MARR. He did not answer me immediately, but a few days later he called and said he was willing to try.
The counselors and staff at MARR helped my son not only to become sober, but they also taught him how to live. They did this by helping him to understand that treatment involved all aspects of his being…spirit, mind, and body.
My son remained at MARR for eighteen months and continued to live in Atlanta and participate in MARR’s alumni programs for three and a half years. He has since moved to Ohio, but he continues to communicate with the family of friends he made while he was at MARR.
When my friends and acquaintances comment about the positive changes they see in my son, I am quick to reply that a loving God and the counselors and staff at MARR provided the tools and opportunities for growth and change.
I am eternally grateful for the counselors and staff at MARR, and I consider the struggles of my son’s past experiences with drugs and addiction to be stepping stones to becoming a man living fully…spirit, mind, and body.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the recovery of my son and friends he made at MARR.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

take this program model to every community.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

My participation with MARR has been as a donor having spoken with and socialized with several folks from the organization. It was so rewarding to observe the many ways MARR has rescued addicted persons and helped them regain their professional footing! If not for the organization several of my friends and members of their families would still be struggling with addiction. With the intervention and structured input from the trained professionals at MARR my friends and their family members have been able to reenter the work force with renewed enthusiasm and confidence. All this was done while maintaining their feeling of self worth!! A wonderful group and I'm proud to be a long time donor to the MARR family.

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my attendance at many year end MARR banquets!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope for them to be able to raise more money!

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

This Program saved the life of our friend and we are very grateful for that.
Also we have had the opportunity to meet others in the program, whose lives have been changed through this ministry. It not only got him off the addictions, but also he is a productive member of society and
contributes to the well being of others and a wonderful witness.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The changed life of our friend

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really would not change any thing

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

After years of alcohol and drug abuse, my daughter entered MARR. I was hopeful but not convinced that this program would help her finally end her battle with these addictions. She successfully completed the program and would not have the life she leads today without the support and services of MARR. But unexpectedly along with the journey that my daughter made, because of MARR's dedication to serving the family also, I was able to take my own life back and have recently enrolled in college, found a wonderful church home that has been a source of great fulfillment and fellowship and have become very active again. I have never been happier and I thank MARR and their wonderful staff and support for showing both my daughter and myself how to live a wonderful clean and sober life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Counseling and support for my daughter and myself.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it available and affordable for everyone that needs it.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

I would not be alive today had it not been for MARR. I went there in 1990 and it was there I learned to use the tools of recovery that continue to keep me clean and sober today. As a result of getting and staying clean i changed returnmed to school reciving BSW and my MSW and then changing vocations. Today i am blessed to be a drug and alcohol counselor in a treatment center and am blessed to in some small way be a part of guiding someone else towards change. Today i have a relationship with God, as i understand and that provides me with the strength, power and courage to deal with reality. Thanks Marr.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Changed my life forever in more positive ways than i can share.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Leave it just like it is. If it aint broke don't fix it.

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

As a special educator and in recovery myself for better than 15 years at this point I am very close to the recovery community. This community includes AA, NA, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, recovery businesses and residences, halfway houses and middle and high school students with drug and alcohol problems. Over my time in recovery I have come to know both personally and professionally what works. Having come to know both graduates and people within the organization in past years I find the stability and integrity of the organization and it's personnel impeccable & the quality of it's graduates of the highest caliber. We need more organizations like MARR. My hat is off to them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My wife and her friends recovery.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more resources for them so that they could serve more clients.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

My husband graduated from MARR South in the spring of 2009 after spending a little more than 90 days at the newly named Traditions, MARR's Morrow location. I am forever grateful for every bit of information, counseling, guidance and support that MARR has provided my family. Because of MARR, our children will have a chance to grow up in a home with emotionally healthy parents who don't follow the unspoken code, "don't feel, don't tell & don't trust." MARR's staff is comprised of the most genuinely compassionate, understanding and proffessional men and women who excel at what they do. They treated my husband and I with dignity and respect as they guided us towards our own recovery from addiction and codependancy. I can not thank them enough!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ways I never expected. MARR offers family services which I took advantage of. I have attended the spousal support group for 2.25 years, recieved individual counseling from the family counselor, participated in both couples couseling as well as a couples group. I attended the very informative and emotionally exhausting family week and work my own 12step program in al-anon. MARR has guided me to better understand my role in the relationship with the addict as well as help me regain my personal power.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give the counselors more support personel. The counselors do such a great job, but I'm sure they could use the help as they appear to "do it all."

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

28 years of sobriety! Thanks to MARR!
I wore a size 0, owned a few clothes, no toothbrush, no undies, not even a comb. Thank God for the grant and scholarship program!
suzi marsh

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see above

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give more $, give more support to managers

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