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I'm Celebrating Recovery

Updated on March 31, 2015

Recovery From Hurt's, Habit's, and Hang-up's

This 12 step program was put together in 1993 by John Baker. John is a Pastor at Saddleback church. He and Pastor Rick Warren wrote the curriculum used in Celebrate Recovery.

You may be familiar with Pastor Rick Warren; he is giving the prayer before the induction of Barak Obama as our next President.

This program has helped me very much. It is similar to other 12 step programs but Jesus Christ is our higher power.

Below are the 12 steps we follow and the 8 principals.

If your dealing with anything; alcoholism, divorce, sexual abuse, codependency, drug addiction, gambling addiction, over-eating, etc.. Try a Celebrate Recovery meeting out.

There are links to find meetings in your area. Any trouble; just mail me through hubpages and I will help find a meeting for you.

12 Steps

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors. That our lives had become unmanageable. (Romans 7:18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.)
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. (Philippians 2:13 For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.)
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God. (Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.)
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. (Lamentations 3:40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.)
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs. (James 5:16a Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.)
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. (James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.)
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. (1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.)
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. (Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.)
  9. Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. (Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.)
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. (1 Corinthians 10:12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!)
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out. (Colossians 3:16a Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.)
  12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs. (Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.)

8 Principals

  1. Realize I'm not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable. "Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor"
  2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him, and that he has the power to help me recover. "Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted"
  3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control. "Happy are the meek"
  4. Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust. "Happy are the pure in heart"
  5. Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. "Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires"
  6. Evaluate all my relationships; Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I've done to others except when to do so would harm them or others. "Happy are the merciful" "Happy are the peacemakers"
  7. Reserve a daily time with God for self examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
  8. Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words. "Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires"

I Believe

I truly believe every person could use this wonderful program. We all have something!

I know that I will never be perfect, but it sure help's deal with the issues we face every day. If nothing else, an open ear.

Come check a meeting out; promise we won't blackmail you into coming back, I believe you will want to.

Thanks be Jesus Christ for freeing me from many of the hurts, hang-ups, and habits that have held me hostage. 

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      This is a great and informative Hub. I think we could all benefit from Celebrate Recovery. I voted this UP, etc.

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      Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      I have been in Celebrate Recovery for about 3 years now. There is no price that can be put on peace. I have learned so much in especially the last year from confronting myself and my life issues.

      Thanks for a great hub that will help many.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      BREAKOUT!! That's my theme!!! I am the Author of the book BREAKOUT and the Artist of the CD BREAKOUT!! And it looks to me your Brreaking out of bondage!!! Yea!! Praise God!!!! I am celebrating with you!!!!!!!!!!!! BREAKOUT!!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Wonderful Hub Loved the last video so much was very good...Just like your hub...and to me if we all obeyed the 10 commandments we would be in a better place..."The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you"! and I don't know where that comes from...just like it...God Bless You my dear and thanks for some wonderful words...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

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      Catlyn 9 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      You do have much to celebrate! I congratulate you for HE is our strength!

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      Susan Reid 9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Absolutely! Here's to recovery and serenity!! MM

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      Greg Boudonck 9 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      By no means am I trying to diminish any other 12 step program--AA and NA and other's are GREAT programs.

      I just personally choose Celebrate Recovery-I say go with the program that works BEST for you!

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      Susan Reid 9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I agree with St. James. Recovery is amazing and powerful. I've often said people who don't suffer from addictions could benefit from a 12-step program. It's a new blueprint for living. If your primary identification is as a Christian and you want to frame working the 12 steps in terms of Bible teachings, that's great. For me, being in recovery has actually strengthened my faith as a Christian -- but that's only one of many, many blessings. MM

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      St.James 9 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

      Recovery is wonderful no matter which program you subscribe to. The important thing is you and your life becomes managable, by breaking free from the bonds of addiction.

      Trudge On!