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March 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 5, 2011

Our family had pretty well hit bottom as we watched our daughter struggle with the disease of addiction and as she reached her own bottom. As her mom, I had begged and pleaded with local professionals, law enforcement, community mental health to force a change that would affect my daughter enough that she would choose wellness. But to no avail. Finally she agreed to attend a 90-day rehab where she had about a month's success, but then the relapses started and she was in and out of detox and the disease continued to control her. It was in Michigan that her very kind psychiatrist told me that she could not return to the local rehab facility and that we should get her out of the state within 24 hours. It was that bad. And that difficult. He gave me the names and numbers of three reputable and impressive rehab facilities to call to see if she could get in one immediately. I called one in another midwestern state, which seemed ok, but I wasn't somehow drawn in--and then I called MARR. I spoke to the kindest, most incredible man in the world there who inspired me with the most hope that I had had in two or three years. He told me that our daughter could get well and he shared his own personal experiences with the disease. He seemed to really understand all my pain and fears in a way that no other person at that point had seemed to be able to relate. I was sold on MARR. I didn't care at that point how we would do it. I just told my husband there was no choice, and he agreed, it was something we had to do. Fortunately, for me, my sisters were extremely supportive too and as a family, we were able to pull off the financial arrangements, etc. We made our flight arrangements, packed our daughter up with just a few necessities and flew with her to Atlanta to drop her off. Scared? Yes. Other choices? No. That was the Thursday before Mother's Day (2008) that we dropped off our very sick daughter at MARR (women's recovery) in Lawrenceville and to this day we have never regretted it. MARR has the professionals, the programs, the approaches, and the skills to help our friends and families who struggle with alcoholism/addiction. MARR staff is commited and gifted as it perseveres, challenges, encourages, supports, and educates not only the alcoholic/addict, but also other family members. In time, through this program, everyone afflicted or inflicted with the disease begins to achieve a similar commitment and new found hope as we slowly untangle the many webs and knock down the barriers to regain our health. Because we specifically were an out-of-state family, we felt particularly lucky that there was a family counseling service offered by MARR, which helped us understand our fears and face our general sadness about just missing our daughter. Those phone calls with a MARR counselor were so meaningful as we worked our own 12-step Al-Anon program in Michigan. As part of the MARR treatment plan, staff was able to recognize and help us with our emotional pain. Eventually, perhaps sometimes slowly, the fog lifted and we were able to have realistic hope about our daughter's success in recovery and we began to live again. Now we just try to make regular trips to Atlanta to visit. Our daughter is working in the Atlanta area, plans to go to school, and she is about to have her first child. Thank you MARR. We are forever truly grateful to you as an organization and to your staff both as people and skilled professionals. It's so much easier to deal with life on life's terms when we're all thinking clearly. MARR has given us clarity, truth, and happiness. Thank you, thank you, and thank you.

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Watching our daughter achieve happiness and health, which has given our family great strength and new abilities too.

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Keep doing what you're doing. What you're doing is the right thing.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I have been familiar with MARR for over 5 years through my husband's volunteer work. I have met many of the staff - counselors and administration - as well as volunteers and am impressed with their expertise and dedication. Watching and talking to to alumni tells me that many lives have been saved and changed for the better. Their testimonies are proof thatMARR is an excellent organization.

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At MARR banquet and testimonials.

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

Not a thing I can think of.

February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

I wish I could write a review, but my review would contain negative feedback. The "terms of use" indicate that by posting content, I "grant GreatNonprofits a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such Content throughout the world in any media". The terms of use also state that I "assume all risks associated with use of your Content, including any reliance on its accuracy..."
If I have zero guarantee that my content will be posted as I submit it and know that my content may be modified by third parties throughout the world, I can't write a review, and I'm not sure how other reviews can be relied upon.

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family member

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Unfortunately, I do not feel comfortable posting here because of the terms of use.

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

As a special educator and in recovery myself for better than 15 years at this point I am very close to the recovery community. This community includes AA, NA, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, recovery businesses and residences, halfway houses and middle and high school students with drug and alcohol problems. Over my time in recovery I have come to know both personally and professionally what works. Having come to know both graduates and people within the organization in past years I find the stability and integrity of the organization and it's personnel impeccable & the quality of it's graduates of the highest caliber. We need more organizations like MARR. My hat is off to them.

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My wife and her friends recovery.

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

Find more resources for them so that they could serve more clients.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

My husband attended MARR for 6 months. I had no idea how important MARR would be for me during that time and since he has come home. They helped me understand the disease and my part in my families recovery. I still use MARR as a resource on a weekly basis to continue my work in recovery. I'm happy to say my husband has been sober now for over 18 months and my two boys and I could not be happier to have him home with us each and every day. It has been nothing short or a miracle and some great guidance from the staff at Marr and those involved in the MARR family network. Thank you!

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The disease of alcoholism strengthened my tolerance for insanty. With the help of MARR I have re-learned what I'm willing to live with and what I'm not willing to live with and how to express my feelings in a loving, caring way. I've learned how to open up and share with others like never before. I've learned that I'm far from perfect and that's a good thing. I've learned that I need to keep coming back for myself and others.

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

Help implement childcare for parents that attend meetings. One of our greatest expenses throughout this process has been childcare. We want our children to grow up around Marr, knowing all about it, so I'd love it if I could attend a meeting and bring my kids along and know they were safe and happy playing while I was getting the help I needed. I'd be happy to help make this happen!

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I have had 2 close friends attend MARR for addiction problems. To this day their life continues to get better and better. The MARR program has really worked for them but the new relationships they have made is remarkable. The people at MARR really care about long term recovery and family recovery. Both my friends went there for in-patient and today they still visit for meetings and to volunteer. If you know someone you love with drug addiction or alcohol problems, MARR can help!!

Sincerely,
TC

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2 of my best friends went o MARR for alcohol and drug problems. They heard about MARR through a support group they were attending. At the beginning the support group wasn't enough and MARR has given them the education, love, and support they need.

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None at this time.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I have never seen a more worthy non-profit in the metro Atlanta area. The lives that have been changed, the real help that is provided through the services and programs of MARR are head and shoulders above all other recovery programs I've watch come and go during the past 4 decades.

The
staff, the volunteers, the sponsors and the Board of Directors all have one goal in mind. Doing good in a field where it is hard to do so.

My hat is off to them and all who support them.

-Robert Barnes

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Through friends and family who have been fortunate to find help through MARR.

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

Provide funds to further their outreach and program capacity.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I have seen first-hand how powerful the work of MARR is. A relative of mine was in serious trouble until he connected with MARR. He had been in other rehab programs before but MARR was the only one that was able to help him in deep and profound ways. Now he has been clean and sober and a strong role model in the community for almost 2 decades. I applaud the work MARR is doing -- it is changing the world!

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our family. See story in my review.

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None

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I have been a friend to many people who have been directly served by MARR. I have had the distinct pleasure to know both MARR Staff members and Board members, whose wisdom and kindness have touched my life every time I interact with each and every one of them. When I watch them in action with their clients, I sense their compasssion and understanding. As a sober Alcoholic, I can attest to this Recovery Center's programs and their integrity in working to help people attain sobriety and a happy, healthy and productive new life.

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Retreats and at the Annual Sponsor /Donor Dinners

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

Help it to grow bigger and wider to help more people

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

Our daughter had been in one other rehab program for alcohol use and did not stay in recovery. Two doctors recommended the MARR program and out of desparation she entered MARR dragging her feet. Within a few weeks she reported that the former rehab program was "Mickey Mouse" compared to this and that she thanked us for sending her. We saw her gain self-confidence and being responsible. She decided to stay for 18 months and they had to convince her she could succeed outside the program. What a miracle we have experienced. She has been employed in a managerial position for four years, is married and a happy mother of two young children. God and MARR are awesome together.

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We had to leave our daughter in the hands of God and MARR and step out in faith that she would come out a new person and she is now the daughter we always knew she could be.

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

None. Whatever they are doing is working miracles in lives.

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