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Celebrate Recovery is for everyone's hurts, habits and hangups

Updated on June 20, 2011

Hurts, habits and hangups? You're not alone

Do you know that most people with drug and alcohol addictions got that way because of their hurts, habits and hangups? The substance abuse is just a symptom of a much deeper source of pain. That pain, and the concurrent substance abuse is a self-fulfilling cycle that is infinite. Did you know that even if you haven't acted out and started using or drinking, there is still a place for you in the recovery world. It's called Celebrate Recovery. A Christ-centered recovery group for "users", "alcoholics", and "normies" alike. So, even if you are not "one of those kind of people" you will fit into this highly adaptive program of recovery that is literally for everyone.

My experience with Celebrate Recovery started out of jealousy. My husband was going to this group every Friday night and getting a free dinner, making new friends and feeling good about himself in general. I finally said, "Can't I come to this CR group?" He said, "I don't know, you're a normie." My husband is an ex drug addict with 12 years clean and sober. So the next week I went along with him just to see what all this was about. I was very surprised to find that they accepted me and told me that no matter what my hurt, or habit, or hangup, I was welcome to stay. There is a free dinner (donations are appreciated), worship time, then a large group lesson or testimony, and finally separate men's and women's open share groups. I soon found that CR (as we call it) was a very valuable and comforting resource as I worked through the pain and sorrow of having a child with severe mental health issues. Eventually, as I became stronger emotionally, I found the courage and the will to quit smoking too. I had not intended to quit at first, but now I have been smoke free for two years! Both my children and I have benefited greatly in our emotional and physical health, and I owe it to the Lord and CR.

After my first year of participating in a group for women's other issues, I started leading the group as a substitute for the regular leader. When she moved away, the job fell to me, and I have been leading now for eighteen months. Its not a hard job. In fact all I have to do is read the group guidelines at the beginning of the open share meeting and act like a moderator to enforce the rules I just read. Because of the anonymity and confidentiality of our open share groups, everyone feels free to be transparent and vulnerable. Our group guidelines are very similar to NA and AA meetings. Personally, I see the group as a kind of self-therapy. You get to hear yourself talk out loud about your issues without interruption, and also spill some of the pain that eats at your heart. Hearing the other ladies talk about their issues is reassuring that I am not alone. I have been blessed greatly by all the women who have come through our group at one time or another.

There are many other programs out there to help drug and alcohol abusers, or their families. There are also seperate groups for Overeaters Anonymous, Co-dependent groups, Sex Addicts groups, and Anger Management groups. But none of these is as all inclusive under one roof as Celebrate Recovery. I love that I have found a way to get healing for my heart and can now mentor other women who need my help and experience. Whether I am sponsoring women, or just being a listening ear in an open share group, I know that this is something that makes a difference in people's lives. I believe that true relief from "the ties that bind" is only found in Christ. At Celebrate Recovery, our higher power is Christ, and He is the bondage breaker that will save you from yourself; if you let Him.


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      NKC 8 years ago

      Beautifully written article to encourage others to find help with any kind of addiction. I have personally seen people receive help from this group.