Memphis Recovery Centers in Memphis, TN

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(4.6 of 5)
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219 North Montgomery Street
Memphis TN 38104

Memphis Recovery Centers Philosophy

Memphis Recovery Centers (MRC) has provided professional counseling for youth and adults in a caring and confidential atmosphere across the Mid-South for more than 45 years. We have since stayed true to our mission… to return the individual to an acceptable level of spiritual, physical, social and occupational functioning, and to help each person and his/her family to begin a lifelong process of recovery.

Areas of Specialization

  • 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.

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Facility Highlights

Gender Specific Programs

Alum have 2X success rate than the national average

In-house High School, Transitions Learning Center

Meet the Staff

James Carson

Director of Admissions

Photo of James Carson

He began his counseling career with MRC in 1988 and assumed his director role in 1995. James is a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Located on a tree-lined street in midtown Memphis, Memphis Recovery Centers (MRC) provides residential programs for adults and adolescents ages 13 to 17 who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. For adults, there's also outpatient programming at a variety of intensities. All adult programs are gender-specific, and the facility's website emphasizes a nonjudgmental, individualized, and trauma-informed approach to treatment. Medical detox is not available on-site.

MRC began operations in 1970 and is among the 64.5 percent of rehabs in the state of Tennessee that operate as private nonprofits, and among the 22.1 percent that offer dedicated treatment for adolescents.


Residential treatment programs vary in length according to the client's needs. The center uses a multidisciplinary approach, which incorporates 12-step programming alongside evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as holistic offerings like music and art therapy and nutrition and wellness programs.

Therapy is conducted in individual, group, and family settings, and in the adult program, all programming is gender-specific and gender-responsive, to meet the varying needs of men and women.

In addition to the aforementioned programming, youth participate in life-skills training and anger management classes, and attend an on-site school. There's also increased therapeutic programming and educational sessions for the families of younger clients.

After residential treatment, adults may transition through a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP), followed by long-term aftercare.


MRC maintains a staff-to-client ratio of 1:4. The center's treatment team includes a doctor who's board-certified in addiction medicine, a clinical psychologist, and several master's-level counselors who are licensed or certified to treat drug and alcohol addiction. The two individuals polled by to date on the staff's level of training and experience gave mixed feedback, offering a one-star rating and a four out of five-star rating.


Memphis Recovery Center has 65 beds total, of which 20 are designated for youth and set in two historic Memphis homes. Smoking is permitted on-site, but cell phones are not. Both of the individuals polled by to date on the center's exercise and leisure offerings gave three-star ratings. The same two reviewers gave the center a three-star rating and a four-star rating for its overall cleanliness and upkeep.


The single alum polled by to date would recommend MRC. "Just help me to stay straight," J.D. wrote, giving the facility five stars for its treatment effectiveness, four stars for its counseling options and ability to treat co-occurring disorders, and three stars for its holistic offerings and family participation.

MRC also has almost unanimously positive feedback on secondary sites, with average ratings of 4.6 out of five stars based on 14 opinions on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page) 4.6 out of five stars based on nine reviews on Google, plus three five-star ratings on[1] [2] [3]

There were numerous vague reviews, praising the center's program and staff without identifying many particulars. But several former clients thanked MRC for helping them achieve sobriety and even saving their lives. "This place saved my life and gave me the tools I needed to live a happy and sober life! Thank you, I will always be forever grateful!" L.M. wrote in a typical comment on Facebook.


Both of the loved ones polled by to date would recommend MRC, too. "I think MRC is the best," C.H.V. wrote in one of the few pieces of accompanying commentary. Both reviewers gave the facility four- and five-star ratings for its holistic offerings and family involvement.


However, the single staffer polled by to date would not recommend MRC. "This is a mediocreplace at best," they wrote anonymously, citing poorly trained staff and repetitive therapy sessions. They gave MRC four stars for its family participation but just two stars for its holistic offerings, counseling options, and ability to treat co-occurring disorders.

On staff review site Indeed, MRC has mixed feedback, skewing positive, with a 3.7 out of five-star average rating based on 11 reviews.[4] The reviewers frequently praised their coworkers but described heavy workloads and long hours, which could impact client care. "I belong to a group of good team players. I really enjoy working with teens in a group setting. The hardest part is the long hours," one reviewer wrote in a typical comment.


MRC is in-network with insurers including Cigna and BlueCross Blue Shield, and accepts other insurances on an out-of-network basis. The center is committed to helping clients access treatment, and is among the 64.1 percent of facilities in Tennessee that offer a sliding fee scale. Payment plans are also available. The two individuals polled by to date on the center's affordability gave it a three-star and a four-star rating.

[2] GoogleReviews

Published on November 2018

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This is a great place overall. I am sober over a year later because of this place. Staff is helpful, nice, and professional. It is possible to get sober without treatment, but attending MRC was crucial to my success. Highly recommended!


Strengths: Staff are available to listen. Weaknesses: Staff are not well trained. Therapy sessions are the same every week. This is a mediocreplace at best.


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I think MRC is the best.


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Just help me to stay straight


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Boundary setting. Offered support for meetings and sponsors.

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