What is Celebrate Recovery?

Hope is available. There is a safe place for you to share your life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits with others who are finding support and healing all over the world. There are people waiting at Celebrate Recovery to welcome you into their family and walk alongside you on this journey called life.

Six features that make Celebrate Recovery unique are stated in “ Your First Step to Celebrate Recovery” by John Baker.

1. Celebrate Recovery is based on God’s Word, the Bible.

When Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, He began by stating eight ways to be happy. Today we call them the Beatitudes. From a conventional view- point, most of these statements don’t make sense. They sound like contradictions. But when you fully

understand what Jesus is saying, you’ll realize that these eight principles are God’s road to recovery, wholeness, growth, and spiritual maturity.

2. Celebrate Recovery is forward looking.

Rather than wallowing in the past or dredging up and rehearsing painful memories over and over, we confront our past and move on. Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future. Regardless of what has already happened, the solution is to start making wise choices now and depend on Christ’s power to help us make those changes.

3. Celebrate Recovery emphasizes personal responsibility.

Instead of playing the “accuse and excuse” game of victimization, this program helps us face up to our own poor choices and deal with what we can do something about. We cannot control all that happens to us, but we can control how we respond. That is a secret of happiness. When we stop wasting time fixing the blame, we have more energy to fix the problem. When we stop hiding our own faults and stop hurling accusations at others, then the healing power of Christ can begin working in our mind, will, and emotions.

4. Celebrate Recovery emphasizes spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ.

The third principle calls for us to make a total surrender of our lives to Christ. Lasting recovery cannot happen without this principle. Everybody needs Jesus.

5. Celebrate Recovery utilizes the biblical truth that we need each other in order to grow spiritually and emotionally.

It is built around small group interaction and the fellowship of a caring community. There are many therapies, growth programs, and counselors today that operate around one-to-one interaction. But Celebrate Recovery is built on the New Testament principle that we don’t get well by ourselves. We need each other. Fellowship and accountability are two important components of spiritual growth.

6. Celebrate Recovery addresses all types of hurts, hang- ups, and habits.

Some recovery programs deal only with alcohol or drugs or another single problem. But Celebrate Recovery is a “large umbrella” program under which a limitless number of issues can be dealt with. At Saddleback Church, only one person out of three who attend Celebrate Recovery is dealing with alcohol or drugs. We have many other specialized groups.

Celebrate Recovery is in over 35,000 churches worldwide. And over five million people have gone through a Celebrate Recovery Step Study.

You are not alone. There is hope for healing. Freedom is possible.