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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

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.



Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.


Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

They're providing a great service that will hopefully continue for many more years to come.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you MARR for the care, dedication and education to help my husband with his recovery. MARR's treatment of the entire family was invaluable to us. Family week is great.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

MARR helped me get my recover back on track. After many years of sobriety, I had a relapse and found that coming back is much harder than coming in. The counselors at MARR helped me set my priorities straight and regain my life.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The dedicated and caring staff at MARR is top-notch! Yhey have been instrumental in my building a firm foundation in recovery, and continue to provide a strong connection with a health community of recovery. They have made a profound difference in my life!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to MARR in July of 2002 at the very strong suggestion of the DEA and The KY Board of Dentistry. I stayed at MARR for 15 mos in both the 1/2 way program and the 3/4 program. I had been to 2 other treatment centers in 17 yrs of off again on again drug use...mostly on. What MARR offered me was an environment to work on issues that were far deeper than my drug use. With the help of a very competent, empathetic and caring staff I came to realize that drugs were not my problem, I was the problem! At 48 years old I had to learn how to behave as a resonsible adult member of society. I am still continuing to learn that on a daily basis almost 9 yrs later. Staying at MARR for 15 mos gave me alot of time to understand to understand that I suffered from the disease of drug addiction and that there is a cure. I haveI finally stopped beating myself up thinking I was this BAD person. I learned I was just a person that did BAD things. Because of the strong recovery network of MARR and continued support I still get from MARR, I decided to stay in Atlanta....that was 9 yrs ago. MARR gave me the tools to learn how to live one day at a time.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

In January 2010, my husband and I were at the end of our rope with our son's addiction to opiates. He had overdosed twice and had already been in 2 treatment centers. He had lost so much weight that his health was in jeopardy. We couldn't trust him with anything, he lied, stole, snuck out, bought, sold and abused opiates. We realized our lives had been turned into complete choas.
At that same time, my husbands mother experienced a stroke and we were so caught up in our son's illness that we really didn't think we could handle anything else. We prayed for guidance, continueing to search for the right answer and a friend recommended MARR. We had researched many treatment centers and did not find the one we felt good about. We couldn't find one with the expected outcome....one with a high recovery rate ... until now.
We placed our son directly from a state funded treatment center into MARR. We had him in the state facility temporarily to satisfy the court system and to keep from safe from further drug abuse. Upon completion of this program (1 month), we drove him from Kentucky to Georgia, once again for his own safety....he was clean from drugs at that time... to MARR.
We left him at MARR, our just-turned-18 son who was in his Senior High School year. He had not been away from home for more than a day or two at a time and we were leaving him for who knows how long, with people we didn't know.
During the time that he was in residence there, my husband and I had time to get into our own recovery phase. This was encouraged by friends and professional staff at MARR. We attended the MARR "family weekend" and experienced priceless education in addiction and recovery. This led me to begin a weekly local Al-Anon Family group in my hometown thaat is still active today.
Our son was there for approximately 4 monthes and during that time, we saw our son return from the dark dungeons of drug addiction to the young man we knew he could be. He is currently enrolled in his freshman year in college as a full time college student and is working part time in a nice restaurant. He not only had recovery but has been given "tools"to maintain sobriety. He currently chooses this route in life.
I know that all addicts are just a drink or drug away from relapse, but with MARR and what we have learned, we are living life to it's fullest and are making progress in our continued recovery, both our son and us.
Our son did get restless, while in MARR, to be back home and be living the life that a teenager would want. I believe he should have stayed longer, but I suspect he purposely broke a rule to be asked to leave. Fortunately it wasn't a drug related incident and he hasn't resumed opiates at this point in time.
I am learning to allow him to experience life and it's consequences, no matter how good or bad that might be. I have learned to take it "One Day at a Time"!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marr was unknown to me until my daughter shamefully admitted to me that she was a drug addict. When I was sitting on the stairway and she called as frightened as could be she said, "Mama I'm a drug addict and I need help." Those were the words that will stop your blood cold in shock... when you love a child so much that you have no idea what they need or what they are talking about or where to turn for help. The words in their vocabulary are as foreign to you as a new language. Yellow pages and www. are of no help whatsoever at the time. You can't even think much less know what or where to take them. You know something is not right, but you don't know what it is!! YOU have to find help fast with God's intervention. After weeks of wasted searching and fearing the worst will happen before you get help through the mighty hand of God a real angel appeared and led my daughter to Marr. Her name is Barbara and God loves her and so do I. Marr has saved my daughter's life. I have her back. Forget the $ and take your loved one to Marr. They know what to do to save their life. My daughter has been in sobriety for over 8 years. Thanks to Marr. God Bless all the professionals at MARR. Marr has "hands on" help. They know the vocabulary of a drug addict/ alcoholic. They have heard it all and familiar with every situation that could possibly happen. If you have a choice of ten places to go for help..Just Stop and take your loved one to Marr when they are sincere about NEEDING and WANTING Help.Your loved one will come back stronger and teach YOU many lessons in life along the way. You will never believe it until you are desperate to protect and help the one you love with tough love and Marr welcomes your loved ones. As time goes on in your life and the life of your loved one and the name MARR is brought to your attention you will just close your eyes and cry for all the blessings that have come back to you..Your loved one will be a better person for therapy and the experience Marr offers. God Bless the person who is trying to make that decision. Just give it up and go to MARR.. they are waiting to help you. You will be a better person too.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The time I spent at MARR is one of the great blessings of my life. I couldn't have known that then; but I know it today. MARR gave me a safe place to get sober. While I was there I met men who practiced the principles of recovery in their daily lives and lived happily and usefully whole lives. The staff there was great and helped me see that my own bad decisions and fears had been my greatest enemy for years. I was the problem, and therefore, there was a solution. The solution that I was offered was a spiritual experience that allowed me to build my own relationship with God. The central fact of my life today is that I have a loving relationship with God and a spiritual basis for solving the problems of daily living rather than a chemical one. Thank you MARR.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

MARR Recovery center has offered, helpful, guidance and spiritual awareness to the community for over 30 plus years. The help and support that I needed several years ago, has been everlasting and built with purpose. I myself do not with to TOOT my horn, yet I Celebrate the Love, Planning and Insightful direction the organazation has offered to countless people in desprite need. The energy that the staff excerts is increbible. Not being concerned with themselves, yet the wellfare of others has sevred as a road to recovery for the lost souls as I was. The willingness to help me was far outreaching at my time of admittance. Due to the fact that I was so young compared to their clients at the time. Thank GOD there was the Staff such as Doug and Donnie and the fantastic unselfish staff that was the Dawn of MAR.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have personal experience with the MARR program & started my recovery journey at their Doraville campus. Treatment & early sobriety are difficult regardless where one begins the process. MARR helped me develop the habits & behavior necessary to move forward with my life & get the monkey off my back. Some of the staff has changed since I was there, but many of them have remained. The staff is professional, extremely knowledgeable and experienced. I have had experience with other facilities & can speak with some authority on this matter. The facilities are not posh, but they are safe, clean and very nice. Treatment is gender specific and, in my mind, this is superior to coed programs. I recommend them without reservation to addicts & their families who want to begin the work toward a better life. I am grateful to the staff at MARR for giving me a chance to live.

Review from Guidestar