What is Celebrate Recovery (CR)?

Celebrate Recovery is a Bible-based, Christ-centered recovery program for those who struggle with life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups. It is a safe place, where respect is given to each member, where confidentiality is highly regarded, and where we can shed our masks and be who we are. It is a growing family of fellow strugglers who accept one another where they are, believing God can help us change and grow. The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles. This experience allows us to “be changed”. We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our lives’ problems. By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviours. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program, we discover our personal, loving, and forgiving Higher Power-Jesus Christ. Everyone here is on the same road and though our issues may be different, we all are seeking God’s truth in the same way.

What Can I Expect at Celebrate Recovery?
A typical Thursday night for Celebrate Recovery looks like this:

  •          6:30 pm – Open doors – meet and greet, registration and refreshments. It’s a time to fellowship and network with others in recovery.
  •          7:00 pm – Welcome, songs, reading of the 12 steps or 8 principles.
  •          7:30 pm – large group teaching or testimony.
  •          8:00 pm – dismissal into open share groups or step studiy groups (men with men and women with women).

Small groups are offered each week following the large group teaching. These gender specific groups are designed to allow you an opportunity to share about your struggles and victories without interruptions or comments from others. Everything shared in the group stays in the group.

Is Celebrate Recovery Confidential?
Celebrate Recovery maintains strict anonymity and confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery. What is said here stays here. You are 100% in control of when and how much you share about your struggles. The Small Group Guidelines protect all of us from judgment and being fixed by someone in the group. The Small Group Guidelines are the foundation for creating a safe place for sharing.


Is Celebrate Recovery the Right Place for Me?
CR is for anyone struggling with life. If you have ever had a hurt, if you have ever had a hang-up in life, or perhaps you have struggled with an addiction, then this ministry is for you. Do you ever feel:

  •          There are things in my life that I do that hurt me or others.
  •          There is something I have tried to quit but can’t do so on my own.
  •          I have a painful habit or hang-up from which I need to be freed.
  •          There is one particular thing I can’t let go of that is destroying my life.
  •          I am overwhelmed and out of control – that my life is unmanageable.
  •          There are people in my life I am trying to fix.
  •          I am a people pleaser.
  •          I am helpless and hopeless in my circumstances.
  •          I am frustrated that I have failed again – for the “umpteenth” time.
  •          I am so discouraged that it is hard to move forward.
  •          I am embarrassed and ashamed that I can’t stop __________.
  •          No one could possibly understand my situation.
  •          I can’t tell anyone about _______, and if they knew that about me they would not like me.
  •          Non one cares about the incredible pain I am in.

Is Celebrate Recovery Only For Those Experiencing Problems with Alcohol or Drugs?
No. Celebrate Recovery is for everyone! Because all of us go through seasons when we need support, messages of hope, and testimonies of victorious life change, the Celebrate Recovery program is open to everyone. Most of life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups can be addressed through this one ministry, including problems with abuse, anger, grief, alcohol, drugs, depression, anxiety, fear, insecurity, guilt, shame, overspending, gambling, divorce, dysfunctional families, co-dependency, unhealthy relationships, control, perfectionism, overworking, people pleasing, abandonment, sexual addiction, pornography, eating disorders, and more. It is a time and place where every person can experience hope and encouragement at the level where they are most comfortable.

Who Leads the Groups?
Celebrate Recovery groups are facilitated by men and women who are in recovery themselves. They all have a measure of substantial healing from their own struggles, and therefore celebrate their recoveries. As a result they have a high degree of sensitivity to those in need. They are not perfect but have a wealth of experience to offer those in recovery.

Do I Have to Share in the Groups?
There is no real opportunity to share in the Large Group. In the Small Groups, you will never be required to share until you are ready. You can pass anytime you wish and for as long as it takes for you to feel comfortable.