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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
As a Professional Pilot, I Thought I Couldn’t Ask For Help
Nick was a professional pilot, and he knew he had an alcohol problem. Despite his genuine love for flying and knowing that his career was in jeopardy, he could not stop himself from drinking. Not only could he not stop, he felt like he couldn’t ask for help either.
He kept drawing lines in the sand of things he would never do, and inevitably he would cross those lines. Eventually, through his friends’ help, he found his way to MARR started to access the help and the acceptance he desperately needed but was afraid to ask for.
He talks about how the professionals’ program at MARR helped him get his career back on track. He also speaks about his current role as a MARR employee working as the Alumni Relations Coordinator.
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. If you are an alumni and want to get involved, you can email Nick at email@example.com.
0:01 – Intro
1:19 – Progression of alcoholism before becoming a pilot
6:40 – Becoming a pilot
11:05 – Flying while under the influence
14:20 – Supervisors start getting concerned about Nick’s absences
22:05 – The stress of trying to hide his alcoholism
30:17 – Friends and family stage an intervention
36:00 – Arriving at MARR for treatment
39:00 – Experiencing the power of vulnerability
47:50 – The Professionals Program at MARR
50:47 – Nick’s role as alumni relations coordinator
55:22 – Staying connected means staying sober
Recovery Basics for Family Members
Kaitlin Byrne is the Lead Family Counselor at our Men’s Recovery Center. Her job is to work specifically with the family members of our clients to help them recognize how they’ve been affected by their loved one’s addiction and begin the healing process. In this conversation with host Matt Shedd, Kaitlin explains what makes addiction a family disease and also goes over the basics of family recovery. She also shares about a new group that she’s started at MARR, open to the general public, for family members that are interested in beginning their own recovery journey. For more information on Kaitlin’s group or if you’re interested in participating in it, you can reach out to her directly at 678-805-5145.
0:01 – Intro
0:56 – What Kaitlin does as a family therapist at MARR
4:50 – The family has its own recovery journey
8:45 – Importance of family members of making connections
12:05 – Common symptoms of the family disease
15:50 – New group on the basics of family recovery
21:19 – Unique benefits of group interactions
24:05 – Who the group is open to
26:35 – The challenges of a loved one returning from treatment
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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.
I am listening and I want to say thank you for doing this podcast. I’m hoping I get through my alcoholism again and stay on track with my life .
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