METRO ATLANTA RECOVERY RESIDENCES INC

Rating: 4.88 stars   276 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 2815 Clearview Pl Ste 100 Doraville GA 30340 USA

Mission: Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences (MARR) is dedicated to bringing lasting recovery to alcohol and drug addicted individuals and their families.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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2 people found this review helpful

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” 

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

They have helped me recover from alcoholism

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

Get them more funding and support for their mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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



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.

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

my entire life.

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

not.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

take this program model to every community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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.

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."

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

see above

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

give more $, give more support to managers

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