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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.

Stories of Recovery | Alcoholism, Addiction & 12 Step Spirituality MARR Addiction Treatment Centers

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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.

    My Family's Boundaries Got Me Into Treatment

    My Family's Boundaries Got Me Into Treatment

    Herschel was stuck in a rut, but he didn’t know he was an alcoholic. He just thought he was binge drinking a few nights a week. Whenever he ended up in jail as a result of his drinking, a family member would bail him out. But when he was 29, he wrecked a car when he was drunk and woke up in the hospital handcuffed to the bed. This time his parents said he had to go to MARR for treatment, or they were done with him. When he arrived at MARR, he was surprised to find out the people in recovery weren’t miserable. In fact, he even began to experience moments of joy in sobriety. He was also able to learn about the disease that he was up against. He also talks about how MARR’s family program helped his family members as well.

    0:01 Introduction

    1:16 Before Herschel got to MARR

    6:30 The importance of being miserable

    10:58 The first day at MARR

    12:20 People seemed pretty happy in recovery

    15:40 Getting used to being in treatment groups

    17:30 Learning about the disease

    22:55 Family week in treatment

    27:26 Manipulating family members

    31:00 What changed over the course of treatment

    37:50 What Herschel would pass on to people listening

    • 39 min
    Everything At MARR Was Practice for Life After

    Everything At MARR Was Practice for Life After

    Tad was well-known in the Atlanta community as a successful real estate developer. Then he was arrested for a DUI and made the news. In treatment he learned that his business success didn’t necessarily translate into success in recovery. In fact, he found out that he needed to accept his weakness if he wanted to stay sober. By participating in community life at MARR and diving into 12-Step recovery, he found a way of life that provided him with peace of mind like he had never experienced before.

    0:00 Intro

    1:00 Tad describes his drinking career

    5:55 Arriving at MARR

    11:30 The benefit of being hopeless

    14:27 Being denied leave during treatment

    19:34 The arc of decision

    21:50 The love he feels for his counselors at MARR

    27:45 What Tad would say to an older person who needs recovery

    31:40 The benefits of hitting bottom publicly

    32:25 Learning to be just another community member

    35:20 Everything at MARR is practicing for life

    39:35 Learning how to build community

    • 42 min
    The Shame I Couldn't Talk About

    The Shame I Couldn't Talk About

    Anna K., an anesthesiologist with over 20 years of sobriety, vividly describes an unforgettable night when she gave herself a combination of the narcotics she would administer to patients. This crisis event forced her to confront her own addiction and seek help. Throughout her recovery, Anna has had what she describes as an “exciting period of discovery,”  getting to understand and heal the inner conflicts that were underneath her substance abuse. As part of that process, she got to look at how much of her activity and outward success was driven by an aching need “to matter.”  Now, very active in her recovery, she lives a life of profound connection and meaning, extending help to others who are suffering as she was. Even more than the gratitude she has for her own life, she is overwhelmingly grateful that recovery changed the trajectory of her children’s lives as well.

    0:01 – Intro

    1:28 – The crisis that brought Anna to treatment

    5:34 – Previous attempt at getting sober

    9:00 – Beneficial effect of working the 4th and 5th Steps

    11:00 – Getting used to 12 Step meetings and a sponsor

    14:35 – Learning to get in touch with difficult feelings

    18:14 – The progression of Anna’s drinking and drug use

    24:40 – Benefits of the Recovering Professionals Program

    30:17 – How recovery changed her children’s lives

    32:20 – Getting involved in Al-Anon

    39:57 – Changing her ideas about God

    41:45 – What she would pass on to people listening

    • 44 min
    What a Non-Addict Learned from People in Recovery

    What a Non-Addict Learned from People in Recovery

    When you are entrusting yourself or your loved ones into the care of a counseling staff, you want to know what those counselors are like, what they care about, and how they treat the clients. On this episode, you will get some answers to those questions and a sense of the caring and compassionate approach adopted by MARR’s professional clinical staff.  The Men’s Recovery Center Director Will Atkins describes the powerful experience of working with people in early recovery and the team-based approach that they take to giving their clients the best possible care. As a person who has never had a substance use disorder himself, Will explains what he has learned over the years from people engaging in Twelve Step Recovery and how he can’t imagine doing anything else.

    0:01 Intro

    2:18 How Will got into addiction counseling

    4:15 The powerful vulnerability of people in recovery

    7:40 How Will began practicing the same vulnerability they were asking the clients to participate in

    8:52 What Will has learned from people in early recovery

    11:45 How the vulnerability he learned as MARR has affected his life outside of work

    14:50 The types of changes Will has seen in people’s lives working at MARR

    18:35 Stepping into the role of Men’s Recovery Center Director

    25:23 How the clinical staff practices the same principles they ask the clients to practices

    28:41 Providing treatment during COVID-19

    31:20 One thing Will would pass on to people who are listening

    35:47 Closing

    • 35 min
    How I Learned to Stop Enabling and Start Helping

    How I Learned to Stop Enabling and Start Helping

    Between her former husband, her brother, and her sister-in-law, Melissa had been surrounded by people in active addiction for years. She was loaning money, bailing people out of jail, and doing whatever she could to try to help. But like many people in this position, all her efforts didn’t seem to get anywhere. In fact, the addictions of her loved ones and their consequences only seemed to be getting worse. She was exhausted and didn’t know what to do, only that she couldn’t keep going the way she was. It was about that time that she was on Facebook and came across Addressing Addiction in the Home, a workbook put together by us here at MARR for family members in Melissa’s position. She started going through the workbook filling the pages with her own examples of how she had been pulled into the family disease of addiction. She began bringing the workbook to her therapist to get support in changing how she interacted with her family members. She shares with us some of the insights she has gained as a result of working through this material, and how she has started her recovery from the family disease. If you’re interested in checking out the workbook for yourself, visit www.marrinc.org/workbook.

    0:01 – Intro

    2:38 How Melissa heard about MARR

    9:00 Learning about the disease of addiction

    11:30 The family disease of addiction

    13:20 Building tolerance for the addict’s behavior

    15:40 Addiction is a monster that everyone’s feeding

    16:20 Realizing how she had been enabling

    18:20 How it felt to see things differently

    20:29 The difficulty of setting boundaries

    23:20 The urge to jump in and rescue

    26:52 What Melissa would pass on to people who are listening

    • 28 min
    The Doctor Who Wanted to Die

    The Doctor Who Wanted to Die

    “That’s when I found God.” This is how Christopher recalls what it felt like to take hydrocodone for the first time.  But before long, his addiction took a brutal hold of his life in the middle of a successful career as a doctor. Despite having everything, he eventually found himself in a place where he wanted to die, and he couldn’t understand why. After two stints in treatment, he stayed sober for 17 years. But he explains how he was starting his relapse long before he actually picked up a drug. After another intervention he ended up in treatment a third time, but this time was at MARR. Through the loving confrontation of his counselors and support of the community, Christopher began the process of humbling himself and being honest about what was really going on. He learned to stop looking for validation from external things and to begin to take joy in his recovery and helping others. 

    0:01 – Intro

    1:41 – High school, college, and med school

    3:30 – Taking hydrocodone for the first time

    6:38 – On the outside, it looked like he had everything

    12:18 – Spending 17 years in recovery

    13:00 – Relapse behavior starts long before the actual relapse

    16:14 – The first day at MARR

    19:00 – Learning to open up

    27:16 – Living in the residence with other clients

    29:49 – Healing in the family relationships

    32:31 – Going back to being a doctor in recovery

    35:42 – Things he still does to stay sober and content

    39:05 – What he would pass on to others if he could

    • 40 min

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