Frequently Asked Questions:
Interested in Celebrate Recovery? The FAQs below were developed to help make your first Celebrate Recovery meeting free of any doubts or fears as you start the recovery process. If you still have questions, about Celebrate Recovery, please don’t hesitate to attend a meeting with your questions, or fill out the contact form to the right and a member of our leader team will be happy to get you an answer.
[toggle_framed title=”What is Celebrate Recovery?” variation=”steelblue”]The stated purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and their Biblical comparisons and 8 Recovery Principles. By working and applying these Steps and Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually, emotionally and socially mature. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. 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, the only true Higher Power.[/toggle_framed][toggle_framed title=”What can I Expect at CR?” variation=”steelblue”]CR is one of the most loving environments you could be a part of – a family you choose. Everyone here is on the same road to recovery even though our issues may be different. Everyone is seeking truth and freedom in Christ. CR is a safe place where you can take your mask off and be who you are. CR is 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. It’s a place to learn, to grow and become strong again. CR is a place for healthy challenges and healthy risks that can create turning points in your life.
CR is NOT a place of 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 of perfection, a long-term commitment, or a place to judge others to feel better about yourself. CR is NOT a quick fix or a bandaid for your issues.[/toggle_framed] [toggle_framed title=”Who is CR for?” variation=”steelblue”]CR is not just for those struggling with drugs or alcohol but is perfect for anyone who is struggling any number of hurts, habits or hang-ups that are causing their lives to become chaotic and/or unmanageable. Celebrate Recovery is a “large umbrella” under which a limitless number of issues can be addressed like depression, perfectionism, anxiety, childhood abuse, anger, financial bondage, grief, dysfunctional homes and relationships, etc.
Any type of hurt, habit or hang-up that hinders one’s walk with God including abandonment, co-dependency, abuse, relationship issues, and habits like food, gambling, sex, shopping, relationships, pornography, abuse, smoking, money, alcohol or drugs, and hang-ups like negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or adversity such as anger, depression, resentment and inability to forgive others.
CR is purely voluntary. If you wish to attend, you need not be a Christian or a member of any church. There is no pre-registration or sign-ups necessary to attend. We only have one rule … No Perfect People Allowed![/toggle_framed] [toggle_framed title=”What is basic format of the meetings?” variation=”steelblue”]Basic format of CR meetings on Thursday nights:
- 6:30pm – Large Group Meeting: common service in which one of the 12 Steps/8 principles are taught or a recovery testimony is shared.
- 7:15pm – Open Share Group Meeting: small group discussions that are gender specific and sometimes issue specific.
- 8:00pm – Connection Cafe: time for everyone to share food & refreshments and build relationships.
- Celebrate Recovery is based on God’s Word. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He taught “Eight Ways to Be Happy.” Today we call them the Beatitudes. Once you fully understand what Jesus was saying, you realize these eight principles are God’s road to recovery, wholeness, growth and spiritual maturity.
- Celebrate Recovery is forward-looking. Rather than wallowing in the past, or dredging up and rehearsing painful memories over and over, Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future.
- Celebrate Recovery emphasizes personal responsibility.Instead of playing the “accuse and excuse” game of victimization, this program helps people face up to their own poor choices and deal with what they can do something about.
- Celebrate Recovery emphasizes spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ. The 3rd “step” of Celebrate Recovery calls for people to make a total surrender of their lives to Jesus Christ.
- Celebrate Recovery is built on the biblical principles of real community. It is fellowship-focused not individual-focused. We grow and get better together. It is built around small group interaction and the support of a caring community.
- Celebrate Recovery addresses all types of hurts, habits and hang-ups.
- Some recovery programs deal only with alcohol or drugs or another single problem. But Celebrate Recovery is a “large umbrella” under which a limitless number of issues can be addressed.