MARR Recovery Center is a 40-year-old organization that understands addiction treatment. A private, non-profit treatment facility in the Atlanta Metro area, MARR offers long-term residential programs for men and women over the age of 18 with substance use disorders. A spiritual (but not a religious) program, MARR stands by 12-step philosophy as the central ingredient to recovery.
Accommodations and Food
Whereas some treatment facilities make a big to-do about gender separate treatment but house men and women practically on top of one another, MARR separates the men’s and women’s treatment facilities completely, as in by 20 miles. Men live in Doraville, and the women live in Lawrenceville, Georgia. At MARR, residences are also separate from the clinical facilities where clients meet for group and individual therapy. The women’s program can accommodate about 20 women; up to five women live in a townhouse together. The men’s program is slightly bigger, but has the same set-up. Each townhouse has several bedrooms and bathrooms, a living area and a kitchen.
Clients make grocery lists, go grocery shopping and are responsible for making their own meals. Breakfast and dinner are taken at the house. Staff members shuttle clients from the residences to group; in the morning, clients can pack and bring their lunches with them. Smoking and caffeinated coffee are both allowed.
Treatment and Staff
MARR asks for at least a 90-day commitment from each incoming client to ensure that he or she will gain the most from his or her therapeutic community. The organization accepts people with co-occurring disorders. This is a clinical and not medical program—there is no detox offered here.
There are three key elements of MARR’s sobriety solution: working a 12-step program is critical, cultivating relationships with other addicts is essential and treating men and women separately is incredibly important. There are two phases of treatment at MARR: one in which to learn the principles of living sober, and the other to begin practicing those principles in everyday life. In Phase One, for the first 30 to 45 days, clients attend groups and educational classes and lectures, begin 12-step work and meet with an assigned individual therapist weekly. In Phase Two, clients secure part-time employment or begin volunteering, and settle into their AA work (finding a sponsor, building a recovery network, and begin working the first three steps). During this phase, clients continue to attend groups in the evenings.
There is a special track at MARR at its Women’s Recovery Center for women with severely disordered eating or body image issues. There is also a “Shame Resilience” group for women with sexual trauma which uses DBT and EMDR among other treatment modalities. Clients of the Men’s Recovery Center may qualify for anger management, trauma education, sex and intimacy and corrective thinking. Both men and women discuss grief, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and family dynamics.
MARR also treats recovering professionals, men and women alike, who may have to report to licensing boards or monitoring programs. Recovering professionals have additional weekly groups and participate in what the facility calls its Mirror Image Program where clients volunteer at other local treatment centers with individuals in early recovery. If a recovering professional client is not sure that inpatient treatment is a necessary step, MARR offers a 96-hour substance abuse assessment, where the person resides at MARR and participates in a several day rehab test run.
Family members of MARR clients ages 14 and over are invited to participate in a three-day family program, held every seven to eight weeks; there is also a one-day family seminar every month that addresses the basic issues around self-care and coping with a loved one’s addiction.
The staff members are all licensed and well versed in addiction, and many have been involved with MARR Recovery Center for years. It should be noted that there is also a trend to promote from within. This pattern bodes well for potential MARR clients, as it suggests a basic interest: investing in people.
MARR clients have access to a lake home: Camp Donnie Brown, on Lake Allatoona. Every week, clients get the chance to retreat to Camp Donnie Brown for some R&R.
MARR has been in business long enough to know what works. It relies heavily on the principle that an addict has no better resource than another addict, whether it’s through 12-step fellowship or their therapeutic community. MARR believes that if clients are willing to surrender to at least 90 days of treatment and try patterning their lives on sober principles, they will be more likely to maintain their sobriety. It’s not cheap, but for those who can afford it, these 90 days would be bang for your buck.
2815 Clearview Place, Ste 100
Doraville, GA 30340
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