Sober support groups are an essential foundation of a recovering person’s program. The support, encouragement and fellowship of these groups are instrumental in helping those in recovery keep motivated in maintaining the sobriety they worked hard to achieve. Many of these groups have 12-step based philosophies that emphasize the development of spirituality in one’s recovery in order to grow into a deeply serene and centered spirit. While these groups’ spiritual base can help recovering addicts grow, there are some who may seek to totally reconnect with their faith and make their spiritual journey equally as important as their recovery journey.
An example of a sober support group that incorporates Biblical and spiritual principles into recovery is Celebrate Recovery. Over the past quarter century, an increasing number of addicts who are seeking Christ-centered support groups have turned to Celebrate Recovery to overcome the deeply painful and underlying roots of their addiction. If you are curious to learn more about Celebrate Recovery and how it can help your journey towards sobriety, call Addiction Information today.
A Short History of Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery is a recovery support group that balances biblical teaching and 12-step philosophy in a balanced program that addresses the hurts and habits of those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction as well as other issues. The group was founded in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Starting off with 43 members, the program fused together the Twelve Steps along with 8 unique recovery principles that focus on how God can help heal people who are broken by addiction. Since its formation, more than 17,000 people at Saddleback have been helped by the program and nearly 22,000 Celebrate Recovery ministries currently operate worldwide.
Like most sober support groups, Celebrate Recovery is an anonymous, safe place where those new in recovery can share their hope, struggles and experiences with others who are struggling with the same issues. This safe and empowering environment allow
people to be fully present and candid with themselves and others, and members do not have to worry about others judging them or wanting to “fix” their problems or them as people. Celebrate Recovery is a place where people can share their love of God and what God can do for their recovery and their life.
What Happens at a Celebrate Recovery Meeting?
Unlike more traditional support groups like AA and NA, Celebrate Recovery (CR) meetings are longer in duration and are usually split up into two parts. The first part of a Celebrate Recovery meeting is considered a big group meeting in which members listen to and sing music that is both uplifting and inspiring. This praise and worship emphasis keep members’ perspectives forward-looking. While group members recognize how their past actions have shaped their addiction, Celebrate Recovery meetings place the focus on the future where God can help them remove the burdens from the past. After music, the group leader will provide a teaching based either on one of the 12-steps or the 8 principles of CR.
The second part of a Celebrate Recovery meeting is small group meetings in which the group as a whole breaks into smaller more intimate groups to further discuss and apply what we’ve learned with others who are struggling with the same issues. These small group sessions allow the opportunity for members to share their own personal thoughts and feelings, give and receive support as well as learn specific attitudes and behaviors to successfully overcome challenges in a supportive atmosphere. The main facilitator of these small groups is someone who has already been through the program.
There are three main types of small group sessions that are offered at a Celebrate Recovery meeting. There are groups offered for those who are dependent on drugs or another addiction, and there are groups specifically for those in co-dependent or enabling relationships. For those who are newcomers to Celebrate Recovery, there are special newcomer meetings that will help introduce what Celebrate Recovery is about as well as answer any questions or concerns they may have about the group. Additionally, Celebrate Recovery meetings also feature step study groups where people can go deeper into their dependency issues and uncover the roots of how their addiction blossomed and affected their lives.
Many people may ask if they need to believe in God or have to be practicing a certain faith in order to participate in Celebrate Recovery. The simple answer to that question is no and all that is asked of people who wish to participate in a Celebrate Recovery meeting is to keep an open mind.
If you are interested in what a Celebrate Recovery meeting can offer you in regards to your own recovery and need to know more information about the group, call Recovery Hub toll-free today or visit our website for more information.