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Stories of Recovery | Alcoholism, Addiction & 12 Step Spirituality

The MARR Experience

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Stories of Recovery | Alcoholism, Addiction & 12 Step Spirituality
Stories of Recovery | Alcoholism, Addiction & 12 Step Spirituality

Stories of Recovery | Alcoholism, Addiction & 12 Step Spirituality

The MARR Experience

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In the MARR Experience, we hear stories from people who have been touched by the miracle of recovery through MARR Addiction Treatment Center since it opened its doors in 1975. Rather than discussing ideas or theories about recovery, we ask members of the MARR family to share their actual lived experience of it. MARR is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing total recovery to chemically dependent individuals through high-quality, cost-effective, gender-specific treatment programs. MARR mentors clients in a disciplined, caring and respectful environment. The total needs of each patient are addressed to achieve lasting recovery, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Latest Episodes

Ep 44: Will Going to Treatment End My Career?

Even though Philip was making $250 an hour as a medical professional, his addiction was making it impossible for him to pay his bills. But he ended up having a moment of clarity and checking into treatment. He was hoping to get out of treatment and jump back into his career as soon as possible. But a suspended license put him in a position where he was forced to slowly and deliberately proceed with the recovery process. Within the safety of the treatment setting, he was able to reconnect with his emotions and find long-term sobriety.

29 MIN1 w ago
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Ep 44: Will Going to Treatment End My Career?

Ep 43: How to Stay Sober After Treatment

Sometimes you meet somebody who is so deeply committed to the program and fellowship of recovery that they are able to stay sober no matter what tragedies happen in their life. Not only are they able to stay sober, but they still live a full and meaningful life with deep connections to others. Robert is one of those people. He shares with us what his life looked like before treatment, how he got to treatment, and what he’s done since to stay sober.

50 MIN3 w ago
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Ep 43: How to Stay Sober After Treatment

Ep 42: The Whole Family Can Recover

In this episode, we hear from two parents, Patti and Andrew A., who sent two of their sons to MARR at different times. They discuss how the addictions their sons were struggling with began to affect the whole family. Through MARR’s family program, Patti and Andrew began to see addiction as a family disease. They explain how their lives were affected by trying to manage things that were outside of their control. Today they are active in their own recovery and give their sons the space to work on their own recoveries as well. They have found this approach to be healthier and more supportive for everyone. The material that they cover is featured in our new family workbook, Addressing Addiction in the Home, which we also discuss in our conversation.

37 MINSEP 24
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Ep 42: The Whole Family Can Recover

Ep 41: Perfectionism Gets in the Way of Recovery

In this episode we hear from two therapists about perfectionism and how it is a major obstacle to long-term recovery. Director of MARR’s Women’s Center Cailey Binkley and a therapist from the community, Bianca Hughes, share how they have seen the unattainable goal of perfectionism continually undermine long-term recovery and meaningful connections to others. They also talk about how they both see themselves as people who need to address perfectionism in their own lives. Perfectionism keeps us separate, and letting go of perfectionism is not a one time thing—it is a practice. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

30 MINSEP 10
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Ep 41: Perfectionism Gets in the Way of Recovery

Ep 40: Relapse Was Not the End of the Story

Sharon was a stay-at-home mom who didn’t have a drinking problem until she was in her forties. Her husband staged an intervention, and she went to MARR. After 90 days of treatment, she returned home. She maintained her sobriety for a while, but she knew there were parts of her past that she hadn’t dealt with. Eventually she relapsed. She returned to MARR to go through treatment again, this time with more willingness to do what was required for her to stay sober. Today, she is connected with her family and her recovery community, and she enjoys a career that she never expected. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

32 MINAUG 27
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Ep 40: Relapse Was Not the End of the Story

Ep 39: How to Talk to a Loved One About Their Addiction

In this episode, we hear from Dr. Brian Moore, a psychologist and interventionist. Drawing from his decades of experience working with people suffering from the disease and those closest to them, Dr. Moore shares his insights about how to talk to loved ones about their addiction. He also explains the importance of boundaries, and how family members are not responsible for their loved ones disease but that they can help provide opportunities for their loved ones to get help. Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for their generous support for our services. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

58 MINAUG 13
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Ep 39: How to Talk to a Loved One About Their Addiction

Ep 38: The Chief of Staff Arrested for Crack

Jeff B. was a chief of staff for a county commissioner. Then he made the evening news after being arrested in a hotel room for possession of crack cocaine. After 3 days in jail, he ended up coming to MARR. Through his time in treatment, he learned that he was not entitled to special privileges because of his job, but that he was just another man who needed help. He connected with his counselors and his community and learned that he was much more than what he did for a living. Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for their generous support for our services. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

37 MINJUL 30
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Ep 38: The Chief of Staff Arrested for Crack

Ep 37: Recovery Saves Professional Careers

Lane H. is a practicing dentist who came to MARR after facing dramatic consequences in his career related to his addiction. He describes the circumstances of how he arrived at MARR and what his treatment looked like in the Recovering Professionals Program at MARR. We will also hear from staff members Rick McKain and Doug Brush about how the program helps restore clients to good standing in their careers. With help from from GreyStone Power Foundation and Waffle House Foundation, we are celebrating our professionals program by giving a way a limited number of copies of our new booklet Addressing Addiction in the Workplace by Jim Seckman. Just use the promo code WORKPLACE. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

53 MINJUL 16
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Ep 37: Recovery Saves Professional Careers

Ep 36: The Quiet Power of Recovery

After 11 years, Paul Thim is retiring from his position as a primary counselor at the Men’s Recovery Center at MARR. Paul discusses what he learned during this time as a counselor at MARR and how the field of substance abuse treatment complemented his career as an Episcopal priest. He also reflects on the role of spirituality in recovery and the things he learned from his fellow counselors who are in recovery. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

48 MINJUL 8
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Ep 36: The Quiet Power of Recovery

Ep 35: You Can’t Enjoy Crack in Moderation

Darrell knows desperation firsthand. He describes his first drink at age 15 as a spiritual experience—something he needed without realizing he needed it. Alcohol worked for him for about a year. The next several decades were full of fear and confusion. Eventually he made his way to MARR, coming to treatment here twice, and getting kicked out the second time. An avowed atheist, he finally got desperate enough to ask for help from a Higher Power, which he was able to find with the help of his cat.

48 MINJUL 2
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Ep 35: You Can’t Enjoy Crack in Moderation

Latest Episodes

Ep 44: Will Going to Treatment End My Career?

Even though Philip was making $250 an hour as a medical professional, his addiction was making it impossible for him to pay his bills. But he ended up having a moment of clarity and checking into treatment. He was hoping to get out of treatment and jump back into his career as soon as possible. But a suspended license put him in a position where he was forced to slowly and deliberately proceed with the recovery process. Within the safety of the treatment setting, he was able to reconnect with his emotions and find long-term sobriety.

29 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep 44: Will Going to Treatment End My Career?

Ep 43: How to Stay Sober After Treatment

Sometimes you meet somebody who is so deeply committed to the program and fellowship of recovery that they are able to stay sober no matter what tragedies happen in their life. Not only are they able to stay sober, but they still live a full and meaningful life with deep connections to others. Robert is one of those people. He shares with us what his life looked like before treatment, how he got to treatment, and what he’s done since to stay sober.

50 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep 43: How to Stay Sober After Treatment

Ep 42: The Whole Family Can Recover

In this episode, we hear from two parents, Patti and Andrew A., who sent two of their sons to MARR at different times. They discuss how the addictions their sons were struggling with began to affect the whole family. Through MARR’s family program, Patti and Andrew began to see addiction as a family disease. They explain how their lives were affected by trying to manage things that were outside of their control. Today they are active in their own recovery and give their sons the space to work on their own recoveries as well. They have found this approach to be healthier and more supportive for everyone. The material that they cover is featured in our new family workbook, Addressing Addiction in the Home, which we also discuss in our conversation.

37 MINSEP 24
Comments
Ep 42: The Whole Family Can Recover

Ep 41: Perfectionism Gets in the Way of Recovery

In this episode we hear from two therapists about perfectionism and how it is a major obstacle to long-term recovery. Director of MARR’s Women’s Center Cailey Binkley and a therapist from the community, Bianca Hughes, share how they have seen the unattainable goal of perfectionism continually undermine long-term recovery and meaningful connections to others. They also talk about how they both see themselves as people who need to address perfectionism in their own lives. Perfectionism keeps us separate, and letting go of perfectionism is not a one time thing—it is a practice. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

30 MINSEP 10
Comments
Ep 41: Perfectionism Gets in the Way of Recovery

Ep 40: Relapse Was Not the End of the Story

Sharon was a stay-at-home mom who didn’t have a drinking problem until she was in her forties. Her husband staged an intervention, and she went to MARR. After 90 days of treatment, she returned home. She maintained her sobriety for a while, but she knew there were parts of her past that she hadn’t dealt with. Eventually she relapsed. She returned to MARR to go through treatment again, this time with more willingness to do what was required for her to stay sober. Today, she is connected with her family and her recovery community, and she enjoys a career that she never expected. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

32 MINAUG 27
Comments
Ep 40: Relapse Was Not the End of the Story

Ep 39: How to Talk to a Loved One About Their Addiction

In this episode, we hear from Dr. Brian Moore, a psychologist and interventionist. Drawing from his decades of experience working with people suffering from the disease and those closest to them, Dr. Moore shares his insights about how to talk to loved ones about their addiction. He also explains the importance of boundaries, and how family members are not responsible for their loved ones disease but that they can help provide opportunities for their loved ones to get help. Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for their generous support for our services. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

58 MINAUG 13
Comments
Ep 39: How to Talk to a Loved One About Their Addiction

Ep 38: The Chief of Staff Arrested for Crack

Jeff B. was a chief of staff for a county commissioner. Then he made the evening news after being arrested in a hotel room for possession of crack cocaine. After 3 days in jail, he ended up coming to MARR. Through his time in treatment, he learned that he was not entitled to special privileges because of his job, but that he was just another man who needed help. He connected with his counselors and his community and learned that he was much more than what he did for a living. Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for their generous support for our services. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

37 MINJUL 30
Comments
Ep 38: The Chief of Staff Arrested for Crack

Ep 37: Recovery Saves Professional Careers

Lane H. is a practicing dentist who came to MARR after facing dramatic consequences in his career related to his addiction. He describes the circumstances of how he arrived at MARR and what his treatment looked like in the Recovering Professionals Program at MARR. We will also hear from staff members Rick McKain and Doug Brush about how the program helps restore clients to good standing in their careers. With help from from GreyStone Power Foundation and Waffle House Foundation, we are celebrating our professionals program by giving a way a limited number of copies of our new booklet Addressing Addiction in the Workplace by Jim Seckman. Just use the promo code WORKPLACE. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

53 MINJUL 16
Comments
Ep 37: Recovery Saves Professional Careers

Ep 36: The Quiet Power of Recovery

After 11 years, Paul Thim is retiring from his position as a primary counselor at the Men’s Recovery Center at MARR. Paul discusses what he learned during this time as a counselor at MARR and how the field of substance abuse treatment complemented his career as an Episcopal priest. He also reflects on the role of spirituality in recovery and the things he learned from his fellow counselors who are in recovery. Click here to sign up for text updates on new episodes.

48 MINJUL 8
Comments
Ep 36: The Quiet Power of Recovery

Ep 35: You Can’t Enjoy Crack in Moderation

Darrell knows desperation firsthand. He describes his first drink at age 15 as a spiritual experience—something he needed without realizing he needed it. Alcohol worked for him for about a year. The next several decades were full of fear and confusion. Eventually he made his way to MARR, coming to treatment here twice, and getting kicked out the second time. An avowed atheist, he finally got desperate enough to ask for help from a Higher Power, which he was able to find with the help of his cat.

48 MINJUL 2
Comments
Ep 35: You Can’t Enjoy Crack in Moderation
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