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Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences Inc

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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

281 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Yes all these are older and none available on actual website. I'm posting teice bc I truly think these ppl are monsters. My boyfriend and father to my children abandoned us these last to years bc they told him too. Weve has issues but my children tried to vommit suicide over this. He still broke rules , gambled and saw me and spoke to me. He had money so bought his way out of trouble here. Non profit. No he paid 30 grams per six months for two years, so I know the real truth. Ive heard THE horrible stories and you see only the good. Weve been homeless and lost everything , this guy abandons responsibility at a resort. Just great. Who justifies this establishment? I guess evil wrong doers who want to escape their families. And skate through still getting away with addiction and lies.

1 Michelle371

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

My boyfriend, my childrens step father and father moved to Marr last July, upon which we had agreed to family counseling and visitation. Well, we never got that . This caused my daughter , then 16, to cut herself and I had to have her admitted to peach ford for suicide watch. Now my son is having abandonment issues as well. Though I understand my ex is doing great . I'd like to tellearn the side of the families who get left behind . They essentially make these men quit their lives altogether , they do not promote families at all. And I'd never recommend anyone ever going here if you wish to love your children or wives because they are apparently against it. My family has suffered dearly and are continuing to . So just to let the public know how way off they are on interpersonal communication. My opinion is they suck in this aspect . I do hope in the future they throw the value of family in their program.

9 rebekah

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Marr years ago. Reading these reviews make me sick. I got out of Marr and Stayed sober for 5 years. My Sister also went to Marr and has over 12 years sober. The fact that someone died at Marr, is not Marr's fault. You go into a treatment center already with the drug addiction. So the fact that he didn't want to get clean is not Marr's fault. 2 years after I was out I wanted to drink again. I called Tiffany and she went over my RPP and talked me completely out of my relapse. The women there care about you and sometimes they are harsh, but its sometimes what people need, to stay clean. I am now a certified substance abuse counselor and its all because of MARR.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was saved by marr, over a year ago. I did not want to go into treatment. I felt all alone. The women there helped me love myself and I loved them. It was the best decision I have ever made!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I read the review for the family member who lost their loved one from drug overdose while at MARR. I can tell you that this is devastating not only to you but to MARR. I have never met a group of more dedicated, caring, and competent professionals than the people at MARR. They certainly do NOT do it for the money. Most of the people working there are in recovery and this is their passion. They celebrate recovery. I have been to Ridgeview, Talbot, Peachford and I can say, without a doubt, that MARR is the most intense and effective treatment available. Unfortunately, addiction is a lethal disease and people do die from this. They die at Ridgeview and other treatment centers as well - this is not something unique to MARR. I love these guys and they saved my life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MARR saved my son's life!!! He has been sober since he was admitted in May of 2009. He graduated from college at 30 years old in May of 2015 summa cum laude with a 4.0.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MARR saved my son's life.







Sincerely,

Michael Litten

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 1

To the person that heard MARR had an overdose death. You are correct. It was my 23 year old son. When I took him to MARR desperate and knowing he was a severe addict they made MARR sound like it was just the place. He was to sick to be living with a 33 year old physician and a 44 year old dentist in an apartment complex. He overdosed on a Friday night from lethally laced herion. Brian nor Doug bothered to call me. My son never received the letter his father noR I wrote him ( we waited the allotted time) nor did I receive his til two weeks after his death. They never even tried to find out where the drugs came from. Two days before my son's death the social worker, Millicent Parker told me my son could not have his art supplies. Instead he was able to do herion out of desperation. I hate this place and I think that they are not equipped for the serious addict. Had I sent my son to a more organized establishment I believe he would be alive today.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would definitely checkout all the rehab facilities in the Atlanta area before committing to MARR. I have heard that MARR did have an overdose death. Some of the MARR staff gave me the impression of a really good car salesmen. Meaning they can talk the talk, and really want your money. They also do not incorporate any physically activity into their rehab program. A lot of down time, not doing anything. This alone is destructive behavior.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

For the person wondering about the reviews from 2011. They are probably bogus. This is not a good place to go. There are much better treatment centers. Men have actually overdosed and died there. Stay away.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am trying to figure out why all the reviews are only from Feb. 2011. They all seem like they were written by the same person.
Can someone on this site please explain this?
Thanks.
Cindy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 1

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Tori D.

Donor

Rating: 5

MARR attempts to rehabilitate the addict and the family through a competent plan and extraordinary staff throughout Atlanta and the southeast.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My road to recovery began when I arrived at MARR. It did not end when I left. I am comforted to know that in my sobriety MARR remains a vital part of my recovery program. They continue to welcome me with open arms and remain eager to help me as I continue on my path as a joyous and free recovering alcoholic. I would have never known joy without recovery and MARR's role in this cannot be overstated. I recommend all who are in need to contact MARR in the hope that they will come to know the joy and peace of recovery. It is a wonderful way to live.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nearly nine years have passed since my time spent at MARR, and because of their program my life becomes richer with each day. MARR's recognition of addiction as a disease along with an insistence that we must take responsibility for our own behavior is the proper mix for understanding a complicated medical, social and psychologic condition. I maintain close contact with them to this day and recommend any addict with whom I counsel to enroll in their program.
Corky D.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I served on MARR's Board for several years and am still a supporter of this fine Organization. I have personal knowledge of people MARR has SAVED (and I mean the term SVED literally. MARR needs public support to fulfill its mission and help people who can't afford to pay for the life saving services provided by MARR.

Review from Guidestar

2 Sally

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Marr has been a life saver for my son in law and my daughter. He has been working the program for over two years. It has not been a instant fix for all the problems he has had to face. Through Marr he is learning how to stay in recovery with the help of God, the dedicated staff, his sponser, and all his good friends he has made throught this remarkable program. His support system is always there to help him whenever needed. His whole life is changing because of Marr.

My daughter has become very spiritual and learned many new life skills to handle what has come her way. Marr has taught her how to stay healthy mentally and physically in order to take care of herself and her family. Her faith has grown in leaps and bounds and is felt throughout her whole family. She continues to expound on the value of Marr in her life often. She is such a better person because of Marr.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

Through MARR, I watched the rebirth of a human being, my friend and brother in law. At age 50, MARR broke through the shell of adiction he had built around himself for thirty years. MARR allowed him to become one of the most intergrated and self-actualized people I know. Since he came through his program, I have watched him lead numerous people out of the web of adiction. It has been our pleasure to donate to MARR, and I only wish that I could do more. MARR is one of the true winners in our world.

Review from Guidestar