Women's Recovery Center


Research has shown that women face more obstacles than men when seeking addiction treatment. Consequently, they are less likely to follow through with the admissions process. Our gender-specific and gender-separate treatment provides clients with a safe, comfortable setting where they can address issues from a “whole-person” perspective related to their addiction. The Women’s Recovery Center incorporates a Disordered Eating (DE) Program for those who are appropriate, and offers specialized groups and treatment modalities to meet needs that are specific to the female population. By serving women only, our clients benefit in important ways and learn the tools necessary for lasting recovery.

To learn more about gender-specific addiction treatment at MARR, read “Gender-Specific Treatment (and Why It’s Essential).”


Women are affected by addiction differently than men. At MARR in Atlanta, our Women’s Recovery Center (WRC) offers residential addiction treatment that is specific to the needs of adult women. The two-phase program structure and dedicated staff provides a safe place where women can begin working on their addiction. As women progress through the addiction recovery process, other core issues are often identified. MARR’s primary focus is the treatment of substance use disorder (formerly called chemical dependency); however, we can address additional issues and co-occurring disorders as a part of their overall treatment.


Phase I – The Women’s Recovery Center requires a minimum 90-day commitment, beginning with intensive day treatment for the first 45 days. Phase I includes process and specialty groups, addiction education and individual therapy. At the conclusion of this phase, the staff and client review progress and identify treatment goals for Phase II of addiction treatment. The client will then meet weekly with her primary therapist to work on these goals.

Phase II – Clients in Phase II at the Women’s Recovery Center are required to secure employment or suitable volunteer placement if appropriate. Through a structured daily routine and the Therapeutic Community model, they begin to learn a balanced lifestyle of recovery. Managing a schedule that includes daytime employment; evening groups; working through Steps 1, 2 and 3 with their recovery network (including a sponsor); and responsibilities at home is part of the therapeutic value of MARR’s addiction treatment.


After successfully completing all requirements outlined in their addiction treatment plan, clients may be eligible for MARR’s extended recovery residences (Phase III). These communities provide a sober living environment with the necessary structure to continue practicing the recovery lifestyle with peer accountability and support.


Individual Treatment

  • Psychiatric/Clinical Evaluation
  • Addiction-Focused Treatment
  • Addiction Education
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Assigned Primary Therapist
  • Individualized Treatment Plan
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Trauma-Informed Care

Groups & Modalities

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-Inspired Skills
  • Guilt & Shame
  • Codependency
  • Yoga
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Body Acceptance
  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Community Living

  • On-site Residential Staff
  • Comfortable Living Accommodations
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Boundaries & Relationships
  • Residential Activities
  • Personal & Group Accountability
  • Residential/Community Groups
  • Weekly Aftercare Groups
  • Extended Recovery Residences

Disordered Eating (DE) Services:

  • Individual Nutrition Consultations with Registered Dietitian
  • Meal Groups
  • 2 Additional Weekly Process Groups
  • 12-Step Meetings for ED Recovery
  • Mindful Eating Education

Learn more about our DE Program



The expectations and pressure an individual endures in a demanding profession can be overwhelming, especially when struggling with the disease of addiction. MARR has provided treatment for professionals since its inception in 1975. We serve doctors, lawyers, nurses, pharmacists, pilots, teachers, and clergy from all over the country. The Recovering Professionals Program works as an adjunct to the Men’s & Women’s 90-day Intensive Residential Program. The program provides a continuum of care for professionals in crisis, including long-term monitoring and advocacy services. Learn more about our recovering professionals program here.


At MARR, we define spirituality as the ability to connect to self, others and the God of our understanding. We believe that long-term sobriety is futile without spiritual growth. And because it is our mission to bring lasting recovery to our clients, spiritual guidance is deeply rooted in our gender-specific addiction treatment.

“Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery (Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 568).” These principles provide hope to those struggling with substance use disorder. As clients get connected, they learn to live each day in harmony with themselves, their fellows and a Higher Power.

Oftentimes, a spiritual awakening is a gradual process and not a white-light moment. Rather than a set of rules or religious beliefs, spirituality is a way of life — the key to recovery.


Clients live in a therapeutic setting, sharing a residence with other clients of the same gender.Together in this home-like environment, they learn to live healthier lives through a connection with others, self and a Higher Power.

Maintaining a balance between the day-to-day activities of work, groups, addiction treatment and home life offers clients vital life skills in early recovery.


Graduates of the Women’s Recovery Center can take advantage of our continuing care services, including the alumni community, Renewal Week, and an individualized aftercare plan. Leading a productive, sober life requires daily maintenance, and we ensure every client is equipped for long-term recovery. When we say “we walk with you for life,” we mean it.


Renewal Week is offered free-of-charge to those who have successfully completed our 90-day program and have maintained recovery for a minimum of six months. If a man or woman is not fully committed to recovery, or has, in fact, relapsed, this week is not appropriate. Instead, that individual needs to readmit to the program.

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Listen to a Q&A with three counselors from our Women’s Recovery Center. They discuss how MARR’s treatment team addresses issues specific to women in the early stages of recovery, and the importance of gender-specific programming for how MARR approaches treatment.


We’ve created MARR’s Recovery Resources to be a library of evidence-based clinical information and personal stories about the disease of addiction, its effects on the whole family, and the journey of recovery. To access our articles, videos, and podcast episodes:

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