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.
Ways to make it better...
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.