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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

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi. I obtained my medical training from Duke University but while practicing began to drink on a regular basis. I thought it was safe because I was in my 30's and did not ever have a problem with it. I thought I had escaped my family history. Within 2-3 years I was an alcoholic and drug addict. I was fired from medicine and went through 6 years of multiple treatments, minimum wage jobs, jail and 1/2-way houses. My last treatment was MARR. My sobriety date is 3-25-05. I am now an addiction psychiatrist in Maryland and would recommend MARR to anyone. From MARR I learned that the spirituality of recovery involves relationship with self, others, and a higher power of my understanding. I went to 9 treatments and have seen many others in my profession and MARR stands out as the best.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband spent time at MARR and has been recovered for 9 years now. He would be dead without MARR's help, I truly believe that. I work in healthcare and see people dying needlessly for addiction all the time. They just did not get the help they needed or didnt want to get help. Some have to die, so that others may live, I guess.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Much to my dismay, I discovered that my son had slipped back into addiction and was once again using cocaine when he could get it. He had found a local source so the only deterent was money. Someone recommended MARR and by the grace of God he got into the program. MARR changed his life and ours. He found God for himself while attending the required Sunday services. He became alcohol and drug free. After eight years he remains active in his recovery. The prgram and people at MARR were truly a blessing to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son had suffered with alcohol and cocaine addition for 12+ years. He had spent 6 months in another well respected treatment facility and for a short time remained clean. It took MARR's no nonsense yet caring ways to lead our son to be truly rehabilitated. He has been free of drugs and alcohol for 8 years. We can never say enough good things about the program and people at MARR who were there for him 8 years ago and remain there for him today.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was treated at MARR in 1998, first in the ninety day halfway house program and later in the 3/4 house program. I struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for most of my life and I do not believe that I would have recovered without the MARR program. While I continue to participate in a twelve step recovery program, I continue to rely on the skills that I learned at MARR and which go beyond a stand-alone twelve step program. Addiction affected, and stunted, every aspect of my life. As we said when I was there - "MARR is a great place to grow up." I learned life skills, was introduced to recovery and made some of the closest friends that I have ever had. Thirteen years later, I am still grateful for MARR.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was given the privelage to attend MARR in late 2007. My wife and I were beaten down pretty bad and were looking for answers on how to get our lives back on track. The experience that I had at MARR opened new doorways for me and my family to experience a new way of life. As a result of learning about recovery and having been given the tools to do so, my life is so much better today. This is a direct result of all the fine counselors and staff that I encountered at MARR. I would recommend MARR to anyone that is suffering from addiction and unmanagability. I can not say enough about my experience I had there. I still am in contact with people that I attended with and met while in the recovery community there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot express enough the gratitude I have for MARR and its staff. Not only did MARR help me get my life back on track, it provided me the tools to continue to stay on track. MARR is a great organization that I believe in sole heartedly. Thanks, Pat C

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I are both recovered addicts. I was able to go to 12 Step meetings, but that was not enough for my husband. He entered MARR with both of us expecting him to be home in 30 days. We had no contact for a period of time, which was very difficult since I was at home alone with our two small children. I attended my regular meetings every week and participated in MARR's Family Week. The whole process was somewhat gut-wrenching, and I did not agree with every aspect of the program and process, but I must say that 6 months later, when my husband came home, he was a different person. This is not to say that we went without problems after that, but I believe that MARR gave us both the tools we needed to fix the things that were wrong in our relationship, and ourselves. I hold MARR personally responsible for both of our recoveries, as well as saving our marriage. It has been almost 9 years since my husband was at MARR, and in May, we will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary-both of us clean and sober!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have unfortunately (or fortunately) had 3 sons in need of recovery services. MARR provided placement for two of them, as well as a close family friend. Long term treatment and placement is clearly superior to shorter term stays, and MARR's services are far beyond anything I have ever seen.

Too many treatment facilities are centered on making money. MARR looks primarily to recovery.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MARR saved my daughter's life. We found out about them from a professional interventionist who was not paid by MARR. His experience with MARR encouraged us to try it. I thank God for this organization. It is tough love for the addict and compassion for all the family. The information they provide about alcoholism, other drug addictions and eating disorders makes it possible to understand the huge challenge of overcoming these addictions. And it makes it easier to be the tough love giver when you know what is at stake. They don't use quick fix gimics. They walk with the addict on the recovery journey helping to overcome years of habits born of addiction, not just the addiction.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After much research in the Atlanta area, I chose MARR for my wife who needed help with her addiction. From admissions to aftercare, MARR could not have helped my wife and family more. Throughout the residency, MARR kept me informed and educated me about addiction and its effects on the family. Today, we continue to work our programs of recovery, day by day, and joy and hope have returned to our family.

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Jojo Bongos B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

marr , wow .......... a lifesaver and more important , a life changer ...
they didn't just give me a rest from my addictions and consequences .
they gave me direction and motivation to change. drugs and alcohol weren't my big problem , i was.. the substances were me just medicating the pain i caused by my selfishness , confusion , fear and shame . it has been 15 years since i first walked in there and i still remember and use the tools and advice i was given there. i attend quite a few of their functions and keep my connection alive by trying to be of service to others coming thru there. i cant say enough about the way they get right to the problem and help folks deal with it. my first interview there i was told that Grace is getting what i don't deserve , and Mercy is not getting what i do deserve.. and it so set me free of all the spiritual confusion i suffered , made it real simple and applicable on a daily basis for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had nothing when I got to M.A.R.R.. When I finally asked for help with my Drink, and Drug problem, I was fortunate enough to have a Friend of my Sisters,(Who later became my Sponsor), help me get into M.A.R.R.. I was there Ten, and One Half Months. They taught me how to live, starting with making my own bed, to taking responsibility for my actions. Figured out the problem was Me, and that I had to Change. Thanks to my Higher Power, M.A.R.R., Family, Friends, Sponsor, and the Twelve Steps I have been Sober Six, and a Half Years now, and I'm comfortable in my own skin!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been involved with MARR for most of the last 22 years, as patients, alumni and volunteers. We have been so blessed to have this community to turn to in our darkest times and have received expert care, loving attention and made life long close friends in the process.
We both believe their model of a theraputic community which begins the treatment process with strict rules and limited freedom ,is a good one, because it brings immediate order to a life that is usually in chaos from diseased thinking and living. Then allowing the individual to gain freedom as they move through the process of growing and learning to love, trust and find joy in sober living.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was a patient at MARR in 2008. He had finally hit his "wall" and wanted to get help. My husband and I were referred to MARR by an Addiction Specialist who had evaluated our son, so we took his advice and put our trust in MARR. It was the absolute BEST thing we could have ever done. I believe their program, coupled with the "community living" approach, is the right combination in giving the necessary tools to recovering addicts/alcoholics. While our son was receiving help, my husband and I attended the Parent Support Group and found their help invaluable. We also attended the three-day workshop and learned a tremendous amount about our son's disease. MARR's approach to helping the entire family is priceless. We would have been lost without them. Our son is still sober today and we give much of that credit to MARR.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived at MARR in October, 1993. I'd been through a couple of 30 day programs, but never a long term one. I was spinning out of control and needed the long term support MARR gave me.
The 6 months I was at MARR truly saved my life. I learned I could actually live a clean and sober life. I learned I could be a productive person, I had ups and downs while at MARR and realized I could survive them while staying clean and sober.
Through the grace of God, and the many people God has put in my life, I've remained clean and sober from the day I entered MARR, Oct. 26, 1993 through today. One Day At A Time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In February of 1980, I was 8 months sober, in AA, working the steps, and had a sponsor. I was still struggling with depression and my eating disorder was out of control. It was recommended that I go to Dekalb Addiction Clinic during the day for further treatment & evaluation and live at MARR, a half way house for professional women for 24/7 supervision and support.
I was able to cash in an insurance policy my parents had for me as well as financial support from the Atlanta community. MARR had never had anyone with an eating disorder stay at the half way house before and voiced their concerns on how this would affect the other women. After several interviews they allowed me to stay based upon my sobriety and determination to get better.

With the support of other women at the halfway house as well as continuing group therapy at Dekalb Addiciton Clinic, I was able to stay sober and eventually stopped the binge purge cycle that had become a way of life for me for more than 12 years. I will always be grateful to MARR and the women that loved, accepted and supported me during this time of healing in my life. I know now that I needed to be away from my every day life in order to heal and MARR helped me to do be able to do this. I am still clean and sober today!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I left MARR in 1989...90 days after getting there. One of the things I received was the opportunity to strengthen my sobriety before going out into the world. MARR felt very real to me; very family oriented. I would not have a life without the staff and volunteers of this great organization. I am truly proud to be an alumni of MARR!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to MARR August , 2008. At the ae of twenty one I was drinking all day ever day and had cheated death. My brother found out about MARR and gave me an utimatum to go to MARR or he wanted nothing to do with me. I walked in to MARR angry, sad, and broken. My life was a mess. I had lost my mother a year prior to cancer and had fallen off the deep end. I was slow to trust and skeptical upo arrival. The counselors at MARR broke me down and built me back up. They earned my trust. They showed me how to feel again, and that I could cope with my feelings. They accepted me for me. I graduated to their 3/4 program and at ten months of sobriety I lost my father to cancer. They supported me through it all. Helped me to b able to have conversations with him that I didn't get with my mom. I have been sober for 2 1/2 years now and I don't know here I would be without MARR. My brother and I talk almot daily and he trusts me today. I continue to have counseling sessions there and volunteer at their mentoring program. I will never be able to give back to MARR what was so freely given to me. MARR is like home for me. The one place I can go where they know everything about me and love me anyway. I trust the staff there with my life. I now live with 3 of the girls I was in treatment with. I am back in school and work full time. Marr showed me to be responsible. Words cannot desribe how dear I hold MARR in my heart, they gave me my life, friends, and family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Beverlie J. Reese, I graduated from RSU on May 1, 2010 after being in treatment for 1 year. I spent 22 years + using crack cocaine. I came into RSU on my own after being defeated by my disease of addiction. What i liked about this program was that it was very structured. It helped me to get rid of my past in a healthy and safe environment. I have learned to like myself for who i am today. I still continue to go to my process group at RSU on Monday nights. I moved out on my own and i live by myself today. I stay connected with my network as i was taught to do, and i still am in contact with my sponsor. The classroom time was very important to my recovery, and i still reflect today on what i was taught. This program is a must for those that are serious about getting clean and staying clean. This was my third treatment program and the only one that i benefited from. I would recommend this program to any and everyone i know that is willing to change their lives, because that is what it did for me. I would like to thank all those involved in MARR, the employees and especially those that donate to make this possible. By you doing this it makes it possible for those who are serious about recovery to find a new way to live. Sincerely a grateful and blessed graduate.

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