MARR - Men's Recovery Center in Atlanta, GA

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(3.9 of 5)
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2801 Clearview Place
Atlanta GA 30340

MARR - Men's Recovery Center Philosophy

Women and men are affected differently by addiction, which is why MARR offers gender-specific and gender-separate residential treatment programs for drug and alcohol addiction. The Men’s Recovery Center offers a safe and structured space for clients to begin the journey of recovery and uncover the core issues that contribute to substance use. In an environment that’s compassionate, nonjudgmental and stripped of distractions, men are able to focus entirely on their recovery and dedicate all of their efforts to getting well.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Facility Highlights

Emotional Intimacy

Corrective Thinking

Family Dynamics

Meet the Staff

Jim Seckman, MAC, CACII, CCS

Clinical Director

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Jim has over 20 years experience working in the field of addiction treatment in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and residential. Jim is past president of GARR (Georgia Association of Recovery Residences), has served on the Ethics Committee for GACA (Georgia Addiction Counselors Association), and conducts trainings on addiction treatment.

Doug Brush, CACII

Director of Men’s Recovery Program

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Doug is a member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors (NAADAC), and has served as a board member of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA). Since 2002, he has served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee for Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA). Doug is also the Chairperson for the Standards Committee for the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences (GARR). For more than 30 years, Doug has served MARR in a variety of positions, including CEO, and is currently the Director of the Men’s Recovery Center.

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ABOUT MARR - MEN’S RECOVERY CENTER

Based in Atlanta, Ga., Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences (MARR) provides long-term, gender-specific treatment for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The Men’s Recovery Center exclusively serves male clients ages 18 years and older. (The organization runs a separate residential facility for women in Lawrenceville, Ga.) Programming is spiritually based and uses a therapeutic community model. Detox services are not available on-site, but the center offers a specialized treatment track for professionals.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Prior to beginning treatment, clients are required to participate in an initial assessment that may be conducted by phone or in person. Men who are admitted to MARR must commit to spending 90 days in treatment. During the first 30 to 45 days, clients participate in intensive day treatment, which includes individual counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, group counseling, educational classes, 12-step work, and specialized groups that address spirituality and co-occurring disorders.

During the second phase of treatment, clients are required to find a job or a volunteer position and balance their schedules with therapeutic groups and recovery work. They are also expected to attend local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings and find a sponsor. Phase II typically lasts 60 days, but clients may extend their stay. Program graduates are provided with an aftercare plan and are welcome to join the organization’s alumni community. Alumni who maintain their sobriety are invited to attend the center’s annual Renewal Week.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

MARR’s treatment team includes master’s-level therapists, certified addiction counselors, licensed professional counselors, and social workers.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Residents live together in a ** redbrick townhouse** where the main goal is to learn how to live healthier, more responsible lives by connecting with peers and staying accountable to the community. Clients are responsible for grocery shopping and preparing their own meals. Visitors are allowed after approximately 30 days, and clients are permitted, with some restrictions, to keep a vehicle on-site. Images on MARR’s website show shared bedrooms, furnished common rooms, a small kitchen, and outdoor seating areas overlooking a lake.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing shared drastically different opinions of MARR. Allen was not impressed with the actual facility, but gave the program’s treatment effectiveness five out of five stars. He noted that the center’s gender-specific approach was a plus and gave the staff’s level of training and experience five stars. “MARR saved my life and I'm still connected there. They teach you to connect and develop community,” he wrote.

S.W. reported a much different treatment experience, characterizing MARR as a “terrible unsupervised rehab.” “Very unorganized and uncaring,” he added.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The six loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. C.S. and S.W., the two loved ones who submitted negative reviews, were most upset with the facility’s approach to family involvement. S.W. told Rehabs.com that their son never received his parents’ letters. C.S. shared similar concerns. “No they are not family oriented whatsoever. Wont let you talk to or see your kids. My ex told me they made one man divorce his wife. And also his treatment plan included abandoning me and oyr kids,” C.S. wrote.

The other four alumni were pleased with the care their loved ones received. They characterized the program as “excellent” and the staff as “professional” and “caring.” “Our family counselor is very support, provides assistance and exhibits empathy toward us. I would advocate for such a powerful program to anyone who might be seeking help for an addiction,” Dolores wrote in a representative review. Claudia noted that her son did well at MARR, but mentioned that the cost of treatment was an issue. “Having more like this at a lower price might make a real difference for many addicts and families,” she wrote.

FINANCING

According to MARR’s website, the fee for 90 days of treatment is $28,500. The center does not accept insurance, but its website states that some scholarships and payment plans are available.

Published on September 2017

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No they are not family oriented whatsoever. Wont let you talk to or see your kids. My ex told me they made one man divorce his wife. And also his treatment plan included abandoning me and oyr kids. So far as to pay taxes ba k to the state to try to avoid responsibility. And the whe tone we were talking. He just got released infact. And is volunteering to avoid punishment . We were not the problem. Ever. But both our kids tried to harm themselves. So yeah if you are looking for passages of malibu , make bank and are a delta pilotwho wants to escape women, children and responsibility, this is the place you belong

I believe that MARR represents a total approach to recovery. The staff there are professional, caring and thorough in their dealings with clients and families. I have never experienced such a feeling of belonging or acceptance as I did at the Family Workshop! Our family counselor is very support, provides assistance and exhibits empathy toward us. I would advocate for such a powerful program to anyone who might be seeking help for an addiction. This truly is a great place to assist your loved ones in their walk to recovery. Thank you MARR staff for your outpouring of love, guidance and hope!

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One of the best treatment centers in the nation. I was a patient there 18 years ago, and received excellent and effective treatment. Over the years, MARR has remained true to sound recovery principles and since I work in the field, I have had the opportunity to compare it to many other treatment centers around the US. MARR is outstanding.

MARR saved my son's life. This is the best treatment facility I have ever known personally and professionally. I would use it again, and recommend MARR to any family member looking for help for either their loved one or themselves. Sometimes your loved one might not finish the program because he/she is not ready. It is truly the best program that is out there.

This is a terrible unsupervised rehab. Very unorganized and uncaring.

My son never received his fathers letters or mine. I was told by the resident manager that they got lost on his desk. I would never put someone that I love in this dreadful place. My son needed more help. They were lazy and did not watch out for his safety.

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I'm 8 years clean 2/21/15, MARR saved my life and I'm still connected there. They teach you to connect and develop community. It was gender specific which was good for me. Downfall was physical plant.

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Excellent treatment. Having more like this at a lower price might make a real difference for many addicts and families. While my son did well there, he could not financially afford to go back. He started very young. He was able to process some of the issues he had never faced. I believe this helped. even though he is not in a good place now. It may prove to be a factor if he ever succeeds in staying clean and sober.

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MARR was an outstanding choice for sending our family member. They seem to be in it for all of the right reasons and really care about the clients recover, both during and after treatment.

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