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
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Jim Seckman, MAC, CACII, CCS
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
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. In addition, it is one of 144 (49.3 percent) centers with programming for co-occurring disorders in Georgia. The Men’s Recovery Center exclusively serves male clients ages 18 years and older and is one of the only 130 (44.5 percent) male-only treatment tracks in the state. (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.
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 three alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing shared drastically different opinions of MARR. Former client A.T. 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 one of the center's strengths and gave the staff’s level of training and experience five stars and its treatment of co-occurring disorders four 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. Brian echoed this sentiment, giving just one star for treatment effectiveness and commenting that the staff had "No idea what there doing."
The third alum polled to date felt that the staff had good intentions, but that their methods were outdated. Ultimately, this former client wrote, "Do NOT recommend."
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 reviewers 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.
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. Three individuals surveyed on center affordability to date provided a three-, a four-, and a five-star rating.
Published on December 2018
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