Gripping, raw, and honest firsthand accounts of the desperation of alcoholism, drug addiction, and codependency, along with the moving recollections of the hope, connection, and peace found through the miracle of 12 Step Recovery. Produced by MARR Addiction Treatment Centers, a non-profit treatment facility founded in 1975 in Atlanta, GA.
Why I Relapsed and How I Made it Back
Why do people relapse? Particularly after having the experience of feeling happy, joyous, and free in recovery and being truly at peace for the first time in their lives? Shaun N. provides us with an answer from his experience. Shaun grew up in a violent household. Fighting was a way of life and drinking provided temporary relief but also led to increasingly bad consequences. He finally found a sustained sense of peace and connection at MARR working the 12 Steps. However, after a while, when he was back at home, he drifted away from the program and eventually relapsed. After getting drunk on the job and passing out in his delivery truck, Shaun reached out to MARR. He was welcomed back with open arms. He remains deeply connected to this program today and now works in the treatment field helping others. This is his story. To send us comments on Shaun’s story or anything else, you can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.
From Freebasing Cocaine to Becoming a Judge
How did Jule go from freebasing cocaine and trying to sell a stolen car to an undercover cop to eventually becoming a judge and being licensed to practice law before the supreme court? What happened during his time at MARR to set him up for that complete transformation? The answer: He learned how to be honest about his feelings. How did he feel safe enough to risk doing that? He felt loved and supported by the counseling staff.
Like a lot of people in early recovery, if Jule could smell some kind of trick, manipulation, or hidden agenda, he got out of the situation as soon as he could. But here at MARR, he felt loved and he was willing to stick around. ”Love is the only thing that doesn’t smell bad.” Jule recalls his experiences coming into MARR in 1986. In his encounters with counselors Doug Brush, Donnie Brown, and Boyd Waley, all he felt was that he was loved and genuinely cared for, especially when they cared enough to tell him things he didn’t want to hear.
75. The Women’s Recovery Center Gave Me a Life with My Children
How does someone go from an ordinary, middle-class upbringing to having her door kicked in by the SWAT team? And then, how does that same person then go from facing serious jail time to being in recovery for 12 years and being the happily married mother of three daughters? Tricia lays out all the ups and downs of her path into addiction and her journey into recovery. She discusses the importance of being in treatment at MARR and developing peer relationships with women, finding worth outside of a relationship to a man, and the significant impact of family week.
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What MARR Provided That Other Centers Couldn't
“Don’t walk, but RUN away from me!” That’s what Josh K. said to his fiancée when he saw he could not stop his own self-destruction. He even tried treatment at a few different places, but nothing seemed to stick. It was not until he checked into MARR for long-term treatment in 2005 that things started to change. For one, he slowed down long enough to begin to be present. He learned how to recognize and peacefully resolve daily tensions and conflicts by living in close quarters with other men. He was able to let himself be fully seen by the counseling staff. And perhaps most importantly, he encountered the healing power of genuine humility, witnessing the transformation of other clients. “I was in treatment with a neurosurgeon who was working this menial job and working through all the emotions that came with that.” Almost 17 years later, Josh remains a vital part of the MARR community, staying in touch with several of the men he came into treatment with. This is his story. You can contact us at email@example.com.
73. Therapeutic Community
When a person shows up to participate here at MARR, whether they are a client or not, they become part of a community that they can remain involved in for the rest of their life. This community is a network that extends across the United States. It consists of alumni who’ve gone through the programs here, family members of past clients, former and current staff members, and volunteers.
Our guest today is a prime example of how this community can remain a central part of somebody’s life and recovery even as their circumstances change. Ashley McQueen came to MARR as a client in 2005, and even though he was discharged, he never left. He went from client to volunteer to sponsor to counselor without really planning on doing any of that. In this mini-episode, he talks about the principles of the therapeutic community that he learned as a client and that he continues to practice as a staff member.
From College Dropout to NASA Engineer
Brian’s alcoholism in college led him to drop out. However, when he got into recovery, he went on to help build the software for the Curiosity Rover, which took photos of the surface of Mars. In addition, he worked with the Navy on equipment that took photos deep underwater.
But before all that, there was a time in his life when he couldn’t stay sober. For example, he couldn’t meet with his probation officer without being intoxicated. Brian shares his recovery journey with us. He talks about being in treatment at MARR and coming to terms with the nature of his alcoholism. He also talks about how surrendering his ambitions to pursue recovery first and foremost allowed him to eventually return to his career goals and have the success that he never thought possible.
If you or somebody you love is struggling with addiction, our Clinical Assessment Team is available for a confidential and free conversation about the next steps you can take to get help for yourself and your loved ones. Call us at (678) 736-8694, or you can reach out via the chat box in the lower right-hand corner of our website.
1:26 Brian’s alcoholism in college and ending up at MARR
6:20 Brian’s view of spirituality when he got to MARR
9:01 Understanding powerlessness over alcohol
12:35 Letting go of ego
15:20 Starting to be honest
19:15 Getting a sponsor
22:00 Going through the steps
28:20 Sponsoring others
32:23 Going back back to school for engineering
33:20 Working on the Mars Curiosity Rover
35:10 The value of letting go
37:04 Starting a family
39:01 What Brian would pass on to people who are listening
I am very happy to have found this podcast it gives me hope and one more reason to stay clean, thank you so much for this content and plz keep the episodes coming.
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This podcast presents all of the different perspectives - from clients in recovery, to family members of people with addiction, to staff explaining the various needs of all of the people affected by addiction....it’s peaceful and hopeful and presented in a straightforward way.