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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. Hosted by Matt Shedd of MARR Addiction Treatment Centers, guests share their firsthand experience about what treatment at MARR and long-term recovery looks like on a day-to-day basis. We also hear from counselors who work in the addiction treatment field as they sh ...
 
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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 jou…
 
Ep 76: What MARR Provided that Other Treatment 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…
 
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 …
 
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 so…
 
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 wou…
 
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 disea…
 
Penelope’s drinking and drug use began in high school and ramped in her young adulthood. During the 1960s, she traveled around and participated in events like Woodstock and became addicted to heroin in the process. She ended up in prison for a year at the age of 21. Upon getting out, she joined a company as a dancer and taught at a college while al…
 
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 …
 
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 com…
 
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 […] The…
 
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 […] The post Ep 65: What a Non-Addict Learn…
 
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 post Ep 64: How I Le…
 
“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 […] The post Ep 63: The Doctor Who Wanted to D…
 
Despite a significant opiate addiction, Eric was making good money and eventually was even offered a position as vice president at his company. Initially, he had thought drugs were just providing a helpful way to cope with the frustrations of daily life. But he could see his opiate addiction was escalating when he lost his […] The post Ep 62: I Had…
 
Caitlin started drinking at 15, around the same time that her mom was diagnosed with cancer. By the time she was 20, Caitlin’s mother had passed away, and her father was also sick and dying of cancer. In college, her alcoholism had progressed to the point that she was hospitalized with a .60 blood alcohol […] The post Ep 61: Gratitude and Resentmen…
 
Jasmine shares her transformative experience as part of MARR’s Right Side Up Women and Children’s Recovery Center program. Before coming to RSU, she lived in a room where she blocked out all the light. While in treatment, she gradually came around to what they were teaching at RSU and the importance of accountability and structure. […] The post Ep …
 
After college, Gil spent a short time as a police officer who was addicted to drugs but was also arresting people for drugs. He thought that if he became a pastor like his father, he could maybe clean up his act. But the drugs, alcohol, and need for approval followed him into the pulpit as […] The post Ep 59: The Pastor Addicted to Pills, Booze, an…
 
We all face moments where we are completely overwhelmed by the problems we are facing and the situations we find ourselves in. At these times, all of the strengths, tools, and strategies that seemed to work to help us push through or deal with our problems just don’t work any more. Depleted, desperate, and afraid, […] The post Ep 58: The Fear You A…
 
How does a person go from living in the woods and running from bloodhounds to holding his community accountable to protect his fellow clients in treatment? At our treatment centers, we use community living as a therapeutic tool to teach real-world recovery skills. Cris S.’s story is evidence of this. He shares his experience at […] The post Ep 57: …
 
Self-acceptance is an important part of recovery. Growing up gay in a community where that wasn’t accepted, Keith W. felt flawed—like something was wrong with him. When he found drugs and alcohol, he found relief. While drinking and using heavily, he made it through pharmacy school and even started his career. He transitioned away from […] The post…
 
In this episode we hear from Nicole T., a medical professional who went through MARR when she was 19 years old, long before her career started. Later, as her career was getting going, she relapsed and stayed active in her alcoholism and addiction for 3 years. Her parents wanted to send her back to MARR […] The post Ep 55: A Scholarship Helped Me Co…
 
What are some of the specific ways a parent’s addiction affects the lives of their children? How do parents who are in recovery start to rebuild the family’s home life? These are the questions that the staff members of MARR’s Right Side Up program address on a daily basis. Alisa Sawyer is a Therapeutic Child […] The post Ep 54: How a Parent’s Addic…
 
What is the role of prayer in recovery? What if I’m not religious, or don’t even believe in God? Can prayer help me in uncertain times? Can it help me in the face of COVID-19? Ashley McQueen (episode 4) and Jordan Detweiler (episode 24 and the article “My Heroin Addiction”) are MARR counselors who are in […] The post Ep 53: Prayer and Connection Du…
 
At MARR, we do not specifically address nicotine dependence as part of our program of treatment. Clients are permitted to smoke cigarettes, though they are not permitted to use e-cigarettes (also referred to as “vaping”). To get a clinical perspective on the issues of smoking and vaping as they relate to long-term health and recovery, […] The post …
 
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