MARR - Women'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 Women’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, women are able to focus entirely on their recovery and dedicate all of their efforts to getting well.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Jessica Schmoll, MS, LPC
Director of Women’s Recovery Center
Jessica began her academic career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later obtained a master’s degree in Business/Counseling from Northeastern University in Boston. Jessica completed her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University in 2006, and began her relationship with MARR immediately thereafter. She began as an Assessment Counselor and, over time, held the positions of Family Counselor, Day Treatment Counselor, and Residential Manager. Now as Director of the Women’s Recovery Center, Jessica is passionate about helping women recover from trauma and addiction.
Beverly Burns, MS, EdS, LPC
Family Counselor, Women’s Recovery Center
Beverly entered the counseling field after a 20 year career in banking and investments. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Agnes Scott College and her master’s and specialist degree in Counseling from Georgia State University. Prior to joining MARR in March of 2007, she worked at the Gwinnett County Detention Center counseling inmates. She began her career at MARR as an Assessment Counselor and moved to the Women’s Recovery Center as the Family Counselor in February of 2008.
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ABOUT MARR WOMEN’S RECOVERY CENTER
Set in the suburban Atlanta city of Lawrenceville, Ga., the Women’s Recovery Center (WRC) at Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences (MARR) offers residential substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment for adult females. A minimum 90-day commitment is required, and clients may stay up to one year in an extended program if necessary. This is one of the only 143 (49 percent) programs in the state with female-only programming, along with being one of Georgia's just 51 (17.5 percent) long-term recovery treatment centers. Detox services are not available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
MARR’s 90-day program for women is divided into two phases. During the first 30 to 45 days, clients participate in intensive day treatment, which includes group therapy, educational classes, 12-step work, and specialized groups for issues such as disordered eating, anxiety and depression, PTSD and trauma, and codependency. This is also amongst the 144 (49.3 percent) treatment centers in Georgia with a specialized programming track for co-occurring mental health disorders.
During the second phase, which typically lasts 60 days, clients are required to find a job (either paid or voluntary) and balance their schedules with therapeutic groups and recovery work. They are also expected to attend local AA or NA meetings and start working with a sponsor. A specialized track for professionals (such as doctors, pharmacists, pilots, nurses, teachers, and attorneys) is offered, as is an intensive, three-day family program.
The facility’s staff is made up of a variety of professionals, including a medical director with a specialization in addiction psychiatry. Other credentials include licensed professional counselors (LPC) and addiction counselors (LAPC), social workers (LCSW), and marriage and family therapists (LMFT). To date, the five individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the staff offered moderately positive opinions.
Staff Experience and Training: 3.6/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Life skills are taught experientially at MARR women’s Recovery Center, and residents live in a homey redbrick townhouse and share daily chores. There is no cafeteria on campus; residents are taken on regular grocery store outings and are required to prepare their own meals. The seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the home and its upkeep.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.3/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the eleven reviews from former clients received by Rehabs.com to date, feedback was mostly split. Some alumni reviews indicated that MARR offers an effective, no-nonsense treatment program. Former client J.W. remarked to Rehabs.com that she would “recommend this place to anyone seeking serious treatment not the fluff(30 days)!” Additionally, she praised the specialized programming, commenting, "Gender oriented care for women and /or men that was specific for your addiction and possible trauma causes..." Alum V.P. added, "tough but effective love. I am still sober after 8+ years after relapsing off and in for 2 years." Despite giving just two out of five stars for counseling options, V.P. provided a perfect, five-star rating for the center being worth its cost.
On the other hand, certain alumni felt that the rigidity of the program lent itself to a lack of freedom, as B.F. noted that there was no " integration with society, no cell phones, computers, no outside contact Not cost effective, very strict rules." She provided two-star ratings for holistic offerings, level of family participation, and the center's connectivity policies.
Former clients largely agreed about the well-trained staff members and the high-quality of care received. "Great staff and the therapeutic community model helped me where other rehab facilities had not," an anonymous alum representatively wrote.
On CiteHealth, where MARR received a 2.5 out of a five-star average rating from six reviewers to date, an anonymous former client praised, "MARR has saved my life. The staff here is amazing. MARR has turned into not only my treatment center but a home away from home.”
One opposing report was uncovered on CiteHealth, however. An anonymous alum referred to the treatment experience as “completely futile,” and felt that the medical staff was incompetent and irresponsible. The reviewer also claimed that “the physician is rarely seen and the nurse is a joke.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
In contrast to the sentiments of alumni, three of the five loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com to date felt that programming was too lenient. One anonymous family member wrote: “They allow the patient to dictate the treatment. This facility used to be very good. I do not understand how my niece was able to manipulate them.” Parent M.S.similarly shared, "My daughter attended and the communication between the counsellors and the family ( who generally are the news paying the steep fees) is very poor. Disappointing."
However, loved one Heidi wrote that her family member "was able to process some of the issues he had never faced. I believe this helped," and provided five-star ratings for holistic offerings, counseling options, and staff support.
In addition, an anonymous loved one reported to Rehabs.com that the facility “offered our family the opportunity to be involved with group therapy with our daughter.”
The cost of treatment at MARR is $25,350. The facility is out-of-network with insurance providers: it will supply statements that can be submitted to insurance providers, and can work with insurers to maximize use of benefits, but it does not submit claims or accept insurance up-front. This policy is designed to ensure that treatment isn't curtailed by insurers imposing time limits. The four individuals polled on the matter offered mixed opinions concerning the facility's cost. However, one alum polled on the cost-worthiness of the facility, simply wrote: "I got my life back!!!"
Published on May 2019
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