Long-Term Treatment

MARR’s Right Side Up (RSU) offers long-term, residential drug and alcohol treatment for women with dependent children under the age of 13. Women need a stable and safe environment to develop the skills necessary to achieve and maintain lasting recovery. Our services are designed to help women obtain employment; restore relationships with their loved ones; retain and/or regain custody of their children; give birth to drug-free infants; and become valuable, productive members of the community.

MARR’s Right Side Up is a six-month addiction treatment program for individuals struggling with substance use disorder (formerly called chemical dependency), giving them ample time to make and sustain healthy lifestyle changes.

Treatment Phases

Phase I (≈ 10 weeks)

Incorporates individual and group therapy — including psycho-educational groups, spiritual life groups and health education groups — on topics related to parenting, trauma, domestic violence, and stress and anger management. Client is required to attend regular 12-Step meetings.

Phase II (≈ 4-6 weeks)

Requires attendance to 12-Step meetings while incorporating employment (30 hours per week) into the recovery process. Participation is required in evening and weekend groups and activities. Client meets with a counselor for individual sessions.

Phase III (≈ 2-4 weeks)

Maintains the requirement for 12-Step meetings and 30 hours of work each week. Client works with a counselor to identify housing options and move toward independent living. Client must be employed in order to successfully complete the program.


  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Family Addiction Education
  • Drug-free Environment
  • Medical Services
  • 12-Step Recovery Group
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Job Skills Training
  • Psycho-education
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Therapeutic Child Care (provides services for children and parenting education and assistance)
  • Priority admission for pregnant women and IV drug users

What’s Included

  • Gender-specific addiction treatment for women that addresses issues such as relationships, sexual and physical abuse, parenting, education and job skills training
  • An individualized addiction treatment plan
  • Clinically intensive treatment services by licensed and certified clinicians
  • 12-Step support groups
  • Therapeutic Child Care, whereby each child has his/her own individualized treatment plan and is engaged in activities that provide structure, guidance, discipline and fun
  • Referrals for specific medical care
  • Individual case management and transportation to ensure clients and their children have access to vital services
  • A safe environment where women in addiction recovery can learn to interact in a nurturing, constructive and healthy manner with their children
  • Education for children on how to break the cycle of addiction

Right Side Up is a Ready for Work program that is a state and federally funded program contracted by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to provide services for homeless or low-income women and their dependent children. RSU collaborates with the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), which provides Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), food stamps, Medicaid and childcare certificates for eligible clients.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Resident of Georgia
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients with a diagnosis of substance abuse and/or substance dependence
  • Women with active Child Protective Service cases with DFCS
  • Pregnant or postpartum women, or women with children age 13 and under (no more than two children allowed into treatment with mother)
  • Low-income women and/or indigent women without children (limited beds)

All potential clients must first complete a phone screening to determine their eligibility for Right Side Up’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment program. Contact an RSU Intake Coordinator today at 678-805-4113.

All incoming clients are required to bring the following:

  • Negative PPD (TB) test (completed within six months before entering addiction treatment)
  • Valid picture ID
  • Social security card
  • Birth certificate

For children entering treatment with their mothers, please bring the following:

  • Social security card
  • Birth certificate or confirmation of birth
  • Immunization record that is current
  • School records
  • All incoming children ages 5 and over must have a negative PPD (TB) test (completed within six months before entering RSU)

Right Side Up is based on the Therapeutic Community model, which promotes accountability, responsibility and acceptance. Clients reside in apartments, generally comprised of two to three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room/dining room. Women entering drug and alcohol addiction treatment with children will receive their own room, and those entering RSU without children may share a room with another unaccompanied client. Each apartment is equipped with its own washer and dryer. Clients are eligible to bring up to two children age 13 and under. RSU collaborates with licensed day care centers in the community, and school-aged children will attend the local public schools.