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The Launching Pad
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by Ryan Thompson on The Launching Pad
My recovery experiance

I was extremely lucky to come across this particular recovery program a little over 6 months ago. The 12 step immersion program that Tarek and his team provide has been essential in my introduction to the recovery rooms, the 12 steps, and the integration of everyday life mixed with recovery. In my humble opinion, they offer an in-depth look into my personal alcoholism and addictions. They separate themselves by not only providing competent sponsors but a practical working knowledge of the 12 steps of dealing with the spiritual malady and how to become a better and more well-rounded version of one's self. I am thoroughly grateful for my time and experience with these people, and highly recommend this program to newcomers and people who have tried other way and not been too successful.

by Terry and Lynn on The Launching Pad
Review From Parents Of Alumnus

Our son has completed his program at The Launching Pad and is now living with two other young men that he met and lived with going through treatment. As we all know, addiction is a disease, but one that you can recover from and live a life of sobriety. Terak and his staff give these young men and their loved one's tools to do just that. Our son has had several previous attempts at recovery that took him and our family on a journey we never anticipated. It has been the toughest thing we could ever imagine. Because of The Launching Pad, which is based on the 12 steps, accountability and discipline, our son is doing very well and approaching twelve months of sobriety. He has had a total physical, mental and, most importantly, spiritual awakening. Tarek and his staff not only helped him to grow and change but also us, his parents. As one of the steps states, we are powerless. We have learned to let go and let God. No other program was as intense or as helpful as this one. Our son has also mentioned to us on several occasions The Launching Pad program is "the real deal". We highly recommend this program to any man that suffers from this disease. The future is in God's hands, but because of The Launching Pad, we have all grown in ways we could have never imagined.

by Meg C on The Launching Pad
A New Beginning. There's Hope!

The Launching Pad experience for my son has been life-changing for the both of us. This was not his first attempt at treatment. By the time I found The Launching Pad my son was sitting in jail and I was at an emotional and mental low. Tarek, the Director, was very supportive but also very upfront with me which I appreciated. He went to visit my son in jail and personally picked him up when I was able to get him out and start his treatment at TLP. The changes in my son have been amazing to the point where we are actually rebuilding our relationship. The 12 step program and the way it is delivered really worked and I see that my son has been given lessons in how he will need to live the rest of his life. Each step of the program gives the guys the encouragement and teaches the discipline needed to learn to lead a sober life. I’m so thankful for TLP, Tarek, and his staff!

Sincerely, Meg C. Mother of Alumnus

by Cindy and Thomas H. on The Launching Pad
Review from Parents of Alumnus

For the past seven months, our son has been a part of The Launching Pad. The experience has been life-changing for him. After numerous attempts at recovery in several different treatment centers, he finally found a place where the beliefs about how to work the 12 steps resonated with him. The sense of having a recovery community has had a huge impact on him. Each phase of the program gives the guys a sense of accomplishment and responsibility, which in turn, gives them the confidence and discipline to stay sober. Tarek and his staff members have a true talent for reaching through to these young men and guiding them through a road to recovery. We will forever to grateful for the roadmap that they have provided for our son.

by Brandon C. on The Launching Pad
Review from Alumnus

By the time I got to The Launching Pad, I was 35 years old, spent almost 3 years incarcerated in jail or prison and been to 17+ detox & treatment centers all as a direct result of my drug addiction.  I had reached a point to where I didn’t think anything could work for me and had resigned myself to a life of the same misery I had been putting myself and my loved ones through for years. It was obvious that what I had been doing wasn’t working, but I didn’t know any other way.

Tarek and the staff of men at TLP showed me just that -new way to live. They gave me and the other guys clear-cut instructions on what it means to really be a man in recovery and how to incorporate the things we learned into our lives. Before, I had always looked at treatment as something I had to do and was always in a rush to “hurry up and finish” so I could get back to my “normal” life. Now, I know this is a lifelong journey for me and I’m excited about what the future holds.

Sure, there were nice amenities; the different fun activities we did as a group, the good food we had provided, the nice apartment we stayed in and all those things helped make the process much more comfortable, but the real value of The Launching Pad to me is how they showed me to make the 12 Steps a working part of my life. Today, I am a helpful, productive member of my family, friends, and community and I owe a huge part of that to what I learned while I was here. I would highly recommend TLP to anyone struggling with addiction, especially those who have tried other methods and still can’t seem to stay clean.

by Casey B. on The Launching Pad

When I reached The Launching Pad, I had experienced multiple attempts at sobriety/recovery and failed. I wasn't sure what my next step was. The staff was extremely accommodating and I felt at home right away. I was able to get fully immersed in the 12-step program including Sponsorship, a recovery network (a group of guys that I am accountable with), a meeting schedule, tons of knowledge about this illness, recovery audio, and most importantly, a connection with God. I was able to regenerate myself spiritually and through that power, I was able to work all twelve steps and start building a manageable life with meaning and purpose.


I had fun at the Pad! We ate good healthy food, worked out at the gym all week, had recreational activities on the weekends (Dinner & Movies, Bowling, Top Golf, Sky Diving just to name a few). I had the pleasure of attending multiple recovery workshops and spent a weekend at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Ga. My 6 months at The Pad were magnificent and I wouldn't trade my experience for anything. I can't thank Tarek and the staff enough for everything they have done for me.


I would highly recommend The Launching Pad to anyone struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

by Kevin R. on The Launching Pad

I completed the 6-month program at the launching pad and it was a positive experience overall. The structure of the program was intense at first but I can see now how important and necessary it was for my recovery. The staff is great and passionate about what they do. I am forever grateful for my experience at the launching pad and for the meaningful relationships I built while I was there.

by Jim H. on The Launching Pad

I am very grateful for The Launching Pad Recovery Center...especially for Tarek, the Director and his staff for contributing to the positive, visible change in our son.  TLP's blend of material programs coupled with their consistent, personal interaction and accountability with participants is very effective. I believe that has been the key to our son's positive transformation.  TLP is equipping him to make wise choices, not only so he will experience positive consequences, but to extend beyond himself and serve others in their journey.  I highly recommend The Launching Pad Recovery Center!

by Randy Kintz on The Launching Pad
A second chance.

While I was a client at Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center for detox I did an entire history with my counselor and afterward, she said, "seems to me that you have faked your way through every program you have ever attended". She was right, I definitely had. I honestly didn't know if this time would be different, but something in me felt ready, and that was all I needed to allow God to change my life drastically. My counselor said that if I was ready to give recovery a shot then she had a great place for me to go and it was in the Atlanta area. I was excited, but just as much terrified.

Being high or drunk since age 13, I didn't have any idea how to live life without the drugs or alcohol, but I was soon going to learn. I arrived at The Launching Pad with only a very small piece of me being ready and willing to give recovery a chance. That small piece of willingness and readiness was blown up 1,000 times after I had to go to jail for some past legal issues that The Launching Pad helped me work through and stay accountable toward during my stay here. After a messy situation going into jail I had finally hit a place where recovery was my only option.

When I came back to The Launching Pad from jail I was welcomed back with open arms and love that I had never experienced before. The staff here, is in my opinion, is so much more helpful than someone who hasn't experienced addiction and recovery first hand. With their knowledge and experience and guidance, I was introduced to a life worth living. A lot of times I heard things I didn't want to hear, but they were things I needed to hear. I learned how to have honest and transparent relationships with people in recovery, how to manage time and money, how to meditate, how to pray, and so much more that would take an eternity to describe. They hooked me up with a sponsor who I have grown incredibly close to and who has helped guide me through the steps.

Through the steps, meetings, friendships, one on one counseling, accountability, group sessions, and so much more, I have been able to cultivate a relationship with Spirit that has saved my life. I am truly grateful for every aspect of this program and to be a resident at The Launching Pad has been an absolute blessing. All I needed was a willingness to do this and the rest came. My life has been saved and I have been given a new lease on life, and it's all because of the relationship with My Creator that The Launching Pad and its staff has helped me cultivate and maintain.

by Jay H. on The Launching Pad
The Launching Pad

My personal experience with The Launching Pad and their staff was life-changing.

My journey has taken me through several recovery and treatment programs. Each attempt I made at sobriety and recovery was, in my opinion, honest and sincere- I truly wanted to stop using for the rest of my life but I was never equipped with the hard facts about myself and my disease. I have tried all sorts of different avenues in recovery- ranging from health/ wellness, job changes, friend changes, religious changes, none of which were able to produce a permanent change to bring about lifelong recovery. This program introduced me to the 12 Step process of recovery, rooted in spiritual principles and service to others.

In my experience, I made a decision to live life on a spiritual basis, took inventory of my character defects and false belief systems, and began a course of action that forced me to take ownership of my life and take find the truth that I, myself am the problem, not drugs or alcohol. This program and the amazing staff took me by the hand and guided me through this process with love and compassion. I identified with the men who became my teachers, like spoke my language, they used like I used and had found an effective solution and that was attractive to me, I wanted what they had. This program has placed me into the direct flow of God and his ever-present power like never before.

I am so thankful for this place because previous programs I have attended were mere shelters or safe havens, sheltering me away from the world and everyday life. This program was exactly what I needed because I was allowed to begin the 12 steps, gain employment, work and attend meetings while still have a stable and accountable structure. I was able to live a more "normal" life as opposed to beginning sheltered away then released back into society not equipped with the necessary tools to succeed.

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