What Celebrate Recovery Is And What It Is Not

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 viewpoint, most of these statements 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.

This recovery program is forward-looking. Rather than wallowing in the past, or dredging up painful memories, 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 you make those changes.

This recovery program emphasizes personal responsibility. Instead of being the victim, this program helps people face up to their own poor choices and deal with what they can do something about. We cannot control all that happens to us. But we can control how we respond to everything.

This recovery program emphasized spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ. Lasting recovery cannot happen without this step. Everybody needs Jesus.  This recovery program recognizes 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. Celebrate Recovery is built on the New Testament principle that we don’t get well by ourselves. We need each other.

This recovery program addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Some recovery programs deal only with alcohol or drugs or another single problem. But Celebrate Recovery is a “large umbrella” enabling participants to deal with a limitless number of issues.

What Celebrate Recovery Is:

  • A safe place to share
  • A refuge
  • A place of belonging
  • A place to care for others and be cared for
  • Where respect is given to each member
  • Where confidentiality is highly regarded
  • A place to learn
  • A place to demonstrate genuine love
  • A place to grow and become strong again
  • A place for progress
  • Where you can take off your mask and allow others to know who you are
  • A place for healthy challenges and healthy risks
  • A possible turning point in your life

What Celebrate Recovery Is Not:

  • A place for selfish control
  • Therapy
  • A place for secrets
  • A place to look for dating relationships
  • A place to rescue or be rescued by others
  • A place for perfection
  • A place to judge others
  • A quick fix