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February 14, 2012

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February 10, 2011

Nearly nine years have passed since my time spent at MARR, and because of their program my life becomes richer with each day. MARR's recognition of addiction as a disease along with an insistence that... more

February 14, 2012

My road to recovery began when I arrived at MARR. It did not end when I left. I am comforted to know that in my sobriety MARR remains a vital part of my recovery program. They continue to welcome me with open arms and remain eager to help me as I continue on my path as a joyous and free recovering alcoholic. I would have never known joy without recovery and MARR's role in this cannot be overstated. I recommend all who are in need to contact MARR in the hope that they will come to know the joy and peace of recovery. It is a wonderful way to live.

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February 10, 2011

Nearly nine years have passed since my time spent at MARR, and because of their program my life becomes richer with each day. MARR's recognition of addiction as a disease along with an insistence that we must take responsibility for our own behavior is the proper mix for understanding a complicated medical, social and psychologic condition. I maintain close contact with them to this day and recommend any addict with whom I counsel to enroll in their program.
Corky D.

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February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

When I had to retire on a disability in 1993 I found I had time on my hands. Someone suggested I volunteer at MARR. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. As an alcoholic with 20 years of sobriety my volunteering experience constantly reminded me just how devastating it is. The magic of MARR is that as a volunteer you watch people get better.
MARR's strength rests on the staff. Their skill, knowledge, compassion and maintaining discipline. These are all incredible people. Unlike many other treatment centers MARR is not a "Country Club". It's sole mission is to let people free themselves from addictions. Without a compassionate discipline an addict can't get better. MARR maintains that discipline. This is a terrific place to get better. I have seen the results first hand.

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Watching recovery of patients

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Absolutely none

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

I volunteered with groups at MARR for about two years. It was deeply moving to see how the participants confronted their pain and were able to move past it to new ways of dealing with internal conflict. When an addict changes his life for the good, it affects everyone he knows and changes their lives as well.

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When I see the discipline MARR brought to the patients, it motivated me to make changes in my own life.

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Find more scholarship money for them.

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

I have been involved with MARR since the 1980s. I have seen wasted lives made alive, healthly, and growing for over the past 30 years. The difference between MARR and other treatment programs has been the emphasis on the spirtual component.
I have witnessed criminals transformed by the grace
of God into committed christians.

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changed lives.

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The program has proved successful, so I would not changee it.

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

I came to MARR for my second try at getting my life back in order. My first experience with a rehab program was just shy of a month, and I didn't receive any personal guidance on an individual basis on how to deal with my addiction. I was clean for about four months and a little over a year later, came to MARR. I was on the brink of loosing my job, wife,and my health was declining rapidly. I was scared and alone.

The first few days at MARR were overwhelming, it takes me a while to warm up to people. Being put into a community situation where I had to interact with others was very intimidating. The transition was much easier than I would have ever imagined. My room mates were great, helping me adjust to the schedule, and just spending time with me when I needed it. Within a week, I had developed relationships that helped me through the next months and that I continue to this day.

The next months found me loving others as well as myself. Something I didn't want to do prior to my MARR experience. I learned that I was somebody that had something to offer others, and I could learn from them as well. Something I would have never dreamed I could do.

My life is great now, I am serving as elder in our church, I have friends to call, a wife that laughs with me, and I love my job. There is no doubt in my mind that without MARR, I wouldn't be alive today. Every day I thank God for a new day, and look forward to what the day brings.

Brian S.

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A clean and sober life for the last 1 and 3/4 years.

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Keep your appointment times with the clients as prompt as you expect us to be on time for class etc.

February 20, 2011

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February 20, 2011

Although I got sober at a competing facility over 20 years ago, I truly believe that MARR is the finest treatment center in all of Atlanta. Because of this, my wife and I have been honored to be the recovering volunteer couple in a weekly MARR group for over 7 years. Every week we see healing from addiction and alcoholism in not only suffering individuals, but also in their families.

When I look at my personal experiences in the institutional treatment for my alcoholism 20 years ago, I immediately see that MARR not only provides their clients with all the beneficial services I received, but they have also eliminated the glaring problems and weaknesses I encountered. I have sponsored many men that attended MARR, and I know these points to be true. It is a privilege to be associated with MARR.

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Over the years we have seen literally hundreds of families that began the process of healing from addiction as a direct result of MARR and its people.

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I wish there was more money available for scholarships because there are so many people that desperately need treatment at MARR, but struggle to pay even MARR's relatively modest fees.

February 19, 2011

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February 19, 2011

There are not enough adequate words for me to use to express my gratitude to the family of administrators ,counselors and volunteers at MARR for what they provided for my son . HE is a new person-he has totally turned his life around and found true freedom in his life and his personal relationship with God. He and his wife are now active in Bible Studies, Prison Ministris and Sunday school along with being outstanding parents for their two young sons. I give God the Glory but I KNOW in my heart that my son would not be where he is today had it not been for the outstanding care and counsel that he received at MARR. Our entire family shall always be indebted to you for the life you have given back to us. God Bless you all.

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the life of my son

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February 19, 2011

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February 19, 2011

Wonderful place that has helped so many. Congrats on 35 years !!

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February 19, 2011

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February 19, 2011

My son entered Marr and my husband and I attended the various discussion groups and the meetings with staff and patients.
The program made it very personal for us and the information shared was invaluable to help us understand how to deal with our son and family members. We learned how to
accept, forgive and be strong when needed. The Marr program is exceptional and the strong Christian approach becomes a on-going part of all of our lives.











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The experience brought my son closer to his family and to us and he has become successful in business, and continues to help others within the Church and the Marr program. We are very proud of all he does to work with and help others.

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February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

Good Day,

My name is Steve Sopko, and in 1986 - I had the very beneficial, life saving experience of staying 29 days at the Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, GA - under the direction of Dr. Douglas Talbot. I recently received my 25 year Medallion for those years of continuos sobriety in
AA.

A couple of years after the beginning in my journey in a sober life, I met Debbie B. - who had just completed her several month stay at MARR, and we have been friends in recovery and sobriety ever since. Debbie's experiences of how beneficial her MARR program had been was certainly evident and of benefit to all of us in our Alpharetta, GA AA group - as she was already a "step ahead" in her recovery when she first started attending our group. Since then I have attended literally hundreds of meetings with Debbie and I've seen her grow and prosper in her 'new life' - much credit of course to her firm foundation she received in those months at the outset of her recovery from the disease of alcoholism.

I would without doubt have to credit her time at MARR for a goodly part in that 'new beginning'.

I certainly wish all of you at MARR continued success in your program and I am grateful for what you did for an exemplary, sober and mature member of society and her beneficial contribution to my/the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. No doubt you have done that for thousands more persons, and for those efforts, there are not enough good things to say.

Please "keep on keepin' on" in your program and be assured that enough cannot be said as to how much it is appreciated by all.

Your friend and Debbie's - in recovery,

Steve Sopko
Marietta, Ga.

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I would just hope that you continue in your efforts and successes.

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