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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I brought my daughter to MARR for an assessment. The service we received was extremely helpful. I could not be more pleased with the information, the recommendations and the guidance we obtained from the sensitive and knowledgable staff at MARR. During my daughter's recovery I attended MARR's family workshop and again received valuable information that helped me personally cope and taught me effective ways to support my daughter's recovery process. MARR's family support program is second to none in the nation. I would highly recommend MARR to anyone, both addicts and family members of addicts, without reservation.

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

I've personnally experienced the results of this organization by attending their family workshop and practicing what I learned.

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

I would expand the family program so that family members get all the resources and help they need to reinforce the recovery process. Too often the focus is only on the addiction and the family system around the addiction is overlooked. More information, techniques and resources need to get out to the families. They already do a great job. They just need to be able to reach more families.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I came to MARR in June of 2006. I had tried getting sober at numerous other facilities and on my own. I felt it was my last chance. I did not know how to live life without drugs and alcohol. I was unable to be honest with myself and others. MARR helped me in more ways that can be explained. The community atmosphere and independent living is very helpful. I stayed in MARR for 18 months and stayed close after I left. I continued attending my Spiritual Life group until I moved from Atlanta in November of 2009. I can honestly say that there is no place like MARR. It reunited me with my friends and family and a God of my understanding. For that I will always be grateful. Anytime someone comes to me about a loved one in need of help, I always suggest MARR to them.

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

Every aspect of life. They taught me how to live life on life's terms.

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

There is no need for change.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I came to MARR in February 2005 as a last resort. I had just been released from jail for the 3rd or 4th time on drug charges... this time was a felony and a slap on the wrist was not likely. I think that I agreed to go so that people would leave me alone about my drinking and drug use. I know that I had no intention of staying clean and sober. MARR required me to go to mandatory AA meetings and my first was a Monday night men's meeting. That meeting changed everything. My walls came down and I was open to the things that MARR taught me. Through the small groups that they facilitated as well as the "theraputic communities", I learned about myself and wanted to be better. The primary counselors made it safe to discuss things I thought I would never discuss and overcome pain I thought I would live with forever. I had initially agreed to a 90 day treatment program. I left after 13 months (sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly). I have now been completely drug and alcohol free for 6 years and 3 days! I now have a Bachelor's Degree, a wonderful wife of 3 years and combined total of 4 children (number 5 is due in April). The best thing is that I have found a path to freedom. I know that I never have to know the darkness and lonliness that I once knew.
Thank you God and thank you MARR!!

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

my own life and in the lives of the men I knew during my time at MARR.

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

set up knew locations in every state.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

i came into marr being hopeless and with no place to go and ashamed of who i was. Marr opened my eyes to oppotunities and changes that i thought i couldnt face without drugs and alcohol. Thanks to them, i have found a higher power of my own understanding that i cherish each and every day. Marr saved my life with countless other recovering addicts and alcohlics

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january 21, 2009-november 27, 2009

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

change nothing

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I WAS HOPELESS WHEN I ARRIVED AT MARR. I FELT THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT TO LIVE FOR EVEN THOUGH MY LIFE HAD BEEN BLESSED WITH MANY GOOD THINGS. ALCOHOL HAD STOLEN EVERYTHING THAT WAS TRULY IMPORTANT. MARR'S STAFF PROVIDED ME WITH A WILLNGNESS TO DO WHATEVER IT TOOK TO GET ON THE PATH OF RECOVERY AND WITHOUT THEIR HELP I 'M CONVINCED I WOULD BE NOT BE HERE TODAY. LIVING WITH OTHER MEN IN RECOVERY WAS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF MY RECOVERY, ALONG WITH THE DISCIPLIN OF DOING WITHOUT MANY OF THE MODERN LUXURIES WE ALL HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOM TOO.

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MY WHOLE LIFE

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

NONE

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

MARR saved and gave me a life. Although I was successful in terms of material and external things, I was nothing inside and hated myself. MARR introduced me to the AA 12 step program which changed everything. MARR and the staff are the best I've encountered. If I had unlimited resources and had to place a family member in a program, I would choose MARR hands down above all other programs in the United States. I learned how to live and enjoy life without using substances; something I thought was impossible. They taught me about spirituality, compassion for others, unconditional love, self love, how to minimize fear based thinking, how to have healthy relatonships with others and how to live peacefully on life's terms. I still attend the aftercare program once a week - as a volunteer. I have been associated with MARR for 12 years.

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

attending their 90 day treatment program and watch many others over the years complete the program and go on to live happy, productive lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

Clone Doug Brush and suggest they charge more - they're worth every penny.

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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

How did you find this group?

Referral

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Connection with higher power - sprituality, compassion for others, self love, less anxiety and fear, positive outlook,

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I was blessed with the gift of desperation... and an amazing circle of family and friends that I thought were on the other side of burned bridges.
I felt hopeless, powerless. I felt enormous guilt and shame about who I was not. I was full of fear, insecurities, and self loathing. My life was
unmanageable. I was, and had been for years, apparently, powerless over everything and everyone. I was shattered emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. I could not put the plug in the socket and live life on life's terms....and I didn't want anyone to know that, but they did. And, then, my life changed.
Thank you, MARR, for the gift of HOPE for me, and for others, who live with the many facets of the disease of addiction. Thank you for believing in me when I could not. Thank you for challenging me on honesty, acceptance, willingness, openmindedness, and faith in something greater than myself. Thank you for encouraging me to live each day at a time; no more, no less. Thank you for providing a solid foundation and direction to this new way of life that I participate in today. Thank you, MARR, for helping me to become happy and usefully whole.
Most importantly, thank you to the MARR Women, past, present, and future, who have/will shared/share their experience, strength, and hope. You changed my life, eventhough I didn't want to let you.



The Great!

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

my daily life, the lives of my friends, and the surrounding community and communities beyond

Ways to make it better...

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

humbly ask that benefactors/supporters of life in recovery prayerfully consider continued support of MARR so that when others like me, or affected families/friends ask for help, the gift of hope continues to be available

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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

How did you find this group?

family friend, reputation of MARR

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

continued journey in sobriety, spiritual connection with something greater than myself, honesty with self and others, participating in life rather than existing, rebuilding strained/broken relationships, asking for help, setting appropriate boundaries, being okay in my own skin

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

MARR was a soft place to land for me. I was lost and had no hope when I walked through the doors. Every staff member was patient and caring with me. I was provided the extensive therapy that I needed and the tools to live a healthy life. Not only am I able to stay sober today, but I can make healthy decisions in every aspect of my life. The family counselors help mend broken relationships and make new healthy families. I go back on Wednesday nights to the mentoring program and watch MARR change so many others lives. MARR is not just a treatment center to me. It is my home away from home.

The Great!

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

I entered MARR in November of 2007.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not make changes

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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

How did you find this group?

Word of mouth and Web page

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I am sober, trustworthy, and genuinely care for other people. I have a mended relationship with my family and I am able to have healthy relationships in my life

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

MARR gave me a new chance for life. I was forced to be there, but by the time I had finished my treatment I didn't want to leave! The dedication of the staff and the incredible support from alumni make MARR what it is. I have been to another treatment center but MARR gave me friends, a new family and they gave me back hope!

The Great!

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

My personal and professional life, so far. Also, I found faith and hope again.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make more scholarships available so MARR could help others.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I came to MARR in 2009 on the brink of death. I was spiritually bankrupt, emotionally broken, mentality beat, and physically sick. I didn't think I could be helped in any way, therefore I didn't want help. I forever saw myself on drugs - pipe in hand. Around 6 months clean, I felt a change. I wasn't thinking my way through again. I was feeling the peace that I always searched for and I wanted more of it. Because of MARR, I have a new way of life. The tools laid down by the counselors, staff, and alumni have helped me grow into the person I have always wanted to be but never thought possible. MARR never gave up on me even when I wanted to give up. I have relationships with people that are real. I am present in the lives of my family. I am experiencing life in a different way, by God's grace. Today my spiritual life is what guides me and it all began at MARR. MARR saved me life. I am forever grateful to each and everyone of the counselors who continue to save my life on a regular basis and to the network that surrounds MARR.

The Great!

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

I've been given another chance at life. A better life. A fulfilled and enriched life with endless possibilities of obtaining the life I have always wanted. Because of this organization, I can look in the mirror and like what I see in everything I am. I am honest with myself, true to myself, and honest with those around me. My life is filled with God and others.

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

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