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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.

Programs: Gender specific residential treatment programs and community outpatient services for chemically dependent individuals

Community Stories

283 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences (MARR) volunteer for almost 10 years, I can attest to many changed lives. Miracles happen at MARR, and families learn about the power of addiction. They also teach clients and families about the disease of addiction. Highly recommend.

Adam S.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

MARR helped turn my life around back in 2009-2010. Their model is not for everyone (some people (young)May need stricter supervision) but it certainly worked for me at the age of 25. They gave me enough autonomy to eventually choose sobriety. I’ve seen many different treatment center models and this one is the best. It says a lot that they have been around since 1975 so they must be doing something right. The counselors, family integration, philosophy (12-step heavy), and the culture is like none other. It’s my number one recommendation if someone has to go to treatment in Georgia. The life of an addict/alcoholic is quite tumultuous and rarely ends well. I pray for those brothers and sisters out there still struggling....I see the struggle every day and it’s painful to watch. Today I am every grateful for MARR and the other men that were around me during treatment. It was the best worst thing I’ve ever done that I never want to do again.
-AS

Review from Guidestar

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My dad once asked me how I found MARR.

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



Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

M.A.R.R. has given me my daughter back and has helped me make life long friends. The staff is awesome.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My participation with MARR has been as a donor having spoken with and socialized with several folks from the organization. It was so rewarding to observe the many ways MARR has rescued addicted persons and helped them regain their professional footing! If not for the organization several of my friends and members of their families would still be struggling with addiction. With the intervention and structured input from the trained professionals at MARR my friends and their family members have been able to reenter the work force with renewed enthusiasm and confidence. All this was done while maintaining their feeling of self worth!! A wonderful group and I'm proud to be a long time donor to the MARR family.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

This Program saved the life of our friend and we are very grateful for that.
Also we have had the opportunity to meet others in the program, whose lives have been changed through this ministry. It not only got him off the addictions, but also he is a productive member of society and contributes to the well being of others and a wonderful witness.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

After years of alcohol and drug abuse, my daughter entered MARR. I was hopeful but not convinced that this program would help her finally end her battle with these addictions. She successfully completed the program and would not have the life she leads today without the support and services of MARR. But unexpectedly along with the journey that my daughter made, because of MARR's dedication to serving the family also, I was able to take my own life back and have recently enrolled in college, found a wonderful church home that has been a source of great fulfillment and fellowship and have become very active again. I have never been happier and I thank MARR and their wonderful staff and support for showing both my daughter and myself how to live a wonderful clean and sober life.

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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.

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JMIII

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

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

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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MARR has a proven track record of changing lives. The comments here are evidence of the merits of the program. Those who choose to walk through their doors have an incredible opportunity to reclaim a productive and meaningful life. I am always impressed with the success I experience at their annual MARR event which celebrates the hundreds of victories over addiction every day!

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Donor

Rating: 4

Upon completing a residential 28-day program, the recommendation was for my son to move into a community that would provide the on-going support he needed. After extensive research, MARR seemed like the place for him. By living in a "safe" environment, having counseling, working AA's Twelve Steps, relying on his "higher power", helping others, and more, MARR helped my son regain his life and eventually his independence.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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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!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I am the mother of a patient. I came to MARR for the Family program. I learned so much about how an addict thinks. But I think the best part of the program for me was to realize that I am not alone in facing the problems having an addicted family member brings. And I learned that no matter how much I want to help; the problem belongs to my son. Detachment went against all my mothering inclinations but I learned it i the better way.
The very best part of our MARR experience is his continuing recovery and his dedication to the program;faithful in going to his meetings and unfailingly helpful to his fellow AA members.
The program i truly a life saver.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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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

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dawson39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I had to retire on a disability in 1993 I found I had time on my hands. Someone suggested I volunteer at MARR. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. As an alcoholic with 20 years of sobriety my volunteering experience constantly reminded me just how devastating it is. The magic of MARR is that as a volunteer you watch people get better.
MARR's strength rests on the staff. Their skill, knowledge, compassion and maintaining discipline. These are all incredible people. Unlike many other treatment centers MARR is not a "Country Club". It's sole mission is to let people free themselves from addictions. Without a compassionate discipline an addict can't get better. MARR maintains that discipline. This is a terrific place to get better. I have seen the results first hand.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother was greatly helped by MARR, and today he's a walking miracle! What a great organization. They have been a huge blessing in my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.



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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MARR was where I began my journey to get sober. The staff and volunteers just embraced me when I was so lost and needed a safe secure enviorment. They instituted practices that I still use and value today which began just three short years ago.... They helped me discover the reasons I had failed at my own attempts to get sober. Today I have returned to a full life with the relationships I had lost repaired.


Amie C.


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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a broken and lonely man. I was an atheist. I had been drinking for 40 years. When I sobered up I faced a terrible past. My shame was great. I was deflated. I was accepted and loved, and through that was saved in every way a person can be saved. My children didn't want to see me again 15 months ago and we are a family again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended MARR as a client on two different occasions. 1996 & 1998. I was the reason the "refresher" course was required. MARR provided me a safe & secure place for me to begin my recovery. The staff was always very helpful and even provocative as they tried to get me to look at issues that kept me from meaningful sobriety. I finally became willing and have been enjoy a sober and free life since 1998. I have been privileged to assist many others along the path to sobriety as a result of the foundation given to me at MARR. Thanks and God bless you MARR!

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Martha

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Several MARR alumni are close friends of mine. I know that they attribute their recovery and success in life to their experience in MARR program. Each year we attend the annual "Celebration of Recovery" MARR banquet. The 1000+ people at that event are a true testimony to the outstanding work that MARR does day in and day out.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe in the program taught at MARR. Many of the past clients are good friends of mine. I would not have this privilege if it had not been for MARR.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the blessing of having known many MARR clients, and have had MARR clients in my big book studies in past years. Many MARR grads are now part of my recovery family. I've referred to MARR, and have at times sought counseling for myself from one of their counselors when I was in a relationship with an addict. I have nothing but the highest praise for the organization. It takes the broken and loves and guides them thru the healing process. It has to be one of the best places an addict or alcoholic could find himself. I know many graduates who have full and successful lives now - what greater testament is there to their effectiveness? God bless you, MARR.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a pastor in North Georgia I had the opportunity to work with a variety of people. Many of them had problems related to recovery issues. One member in particular of our congregation spoke high of the change in her life because of MARR. After hearing her story and her before and after experiences, I had no problem referring others to the program. MARR has changed many lives and for that I am very thankful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I arrived at MARR I was broken and hopeless. They provided me with the tools I need to live a happy and drug-free life. I will always be grateful for what the MARR staff pushed me to accomplish. With out them I would most definitely not be where I am today, and probably not sober!

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Client Served

Rating: 3

I still remember the day my addict and I arrived. It was our first treatment program and the staff was so understanding of my needs and treated my husband with respect. Not having contact for that first few weeks gave me the time to heal. On his first visit home I saw a completely different person. A guy who seemed to get that the program taught a different way of thinking acting and responding.

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