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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment, Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences (MARR) is dedicated to bringing lasting recovery to alcohol and drug addicted individuals and their families.

Community Stories

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 rebekah

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 1

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” 

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

MARR changed my life. I have been sober 17 years now, married for 5 and I am a productive member of society. My recovery started at MARR. I lived there almost two years and in that time with their help my life changed forever. MARR is unlike any drug treatment program in the country. Their gender specific program is custom tailored to the individual's needs. They have the ability to put the person in the right environment for them to be able to change and grow through learning how to struggle successfully through the various issues that recovering persons face when attempting to rebuild their lives. MARR is the best non-profit organization I have ever been associated with. They change lives each and every day!! Sincerely, Michael Watson

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

MARR was a significant turning point in my battle with alcoholism. I was a patient there for 4 1/2 months and it was a huge help in turning my life around. I had been struggling with recovery for years and the staff at MARR gave me the help and care I needed to have it take hold. With the foundation in recovery I got thru MARR, I have been able to move forward with my life in a happy, productive way. They are a wounderful group of people devoted to helping others recover from addiction/alcoholism in a caring/supportive enviroment.

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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



Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar