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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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

25 years of drinking led me to a place of increasing isolation, poor choices and countless attempts to control the alcohol and manageability of my life. Driving drunk, losing control of my car, ultimately took the life of a young woman, also injuring her husband. Deep in a pit of despair, I was led to MARR where I discovered there was hope for the emotional, physical and mental bankruptcy of my soul. MARR's genuine love & expertise saved my life, introduced me to a God of grace & forgiveness and showed me the tools I need to stay sober one day at a time. I dare imagine what my life would now be like without them.

Review from Guidestar

Rick V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar