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Review Of Celebrate Recovery

Updated on January 31, 2011

Review Of 12 Step Programs

We all have hurts, habits and hangups. I would say we all need to recover from something in life. Even the healthiest people have problems. Does everyone need a 12 step program? I don't know about that but I do know that the principles of the 12 steps are life saving for all kinds of problems. What are the 12 steps and what are different programs that can help restore life and help us break free from the things that hold us in bondage? The steps are a very practical way to live. They help us know where we have power and where we don't. They help us give our problems to God and they free us to live in the moment. They help restore us to sanity and to live life on life's terms while staying accountable. There are promises that are in these steps and they propel us into another dimension of life. So read on as we describe the programs available to work these steps, what the steps are and what are the promises and miracles they hold for us if we work them. We will review Celebrate Recovery which is a Christ based step program and how it differs from traditional 12 step programs.

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Our Testimony

The Short Version

After growing up in alcoholism and dysfunction our lives were not working. Even though we were working and raising children we still had divorce, broken relationships and were struggling with addictions to alcohol and resentments. Even though it looked like we were holding it together, we had regrets after going out for a night of drinking. We wanted more for our children and more than that we wanted to be free. We wanted to break the generational cycle of addiction and model a healthy life to our children.

One night we stepped into a Celebrate Recovery meeting and realized freedom is available to everyone. With beautiful music that was rocking, a bunch of people that had hurts, habits and hangups from food addiction, alcohol addiction, drug addiction, depression, sex addiction and just plain life problems were there and they were happy. It was different from any type of recovery meeting out there. We love the traditional meetings too but here we found friends and more than that we found home. In Christ we recover and we work our steps as we gain freedom. One day at a time!

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The 12 Steps and Their Biblical Comparisons

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Although Celebrate Recovery meetings are similar to those of other twelve-step programs, one difference is in their focus on Christianity. The program stresses that there is no other Higher Power except for Jesus,[1] as opposed to groups like Alcoholics Anonymous which encourage members to choose their own concept of a Higher Power.[3] Another difference is that Celebrate Recovery does not require one to conform to a singleness of purpose declaration, a member does not have to qualify oneself as an alcoholic, addict, or gambler-there are no requirements for membership. You may attend with a desire to work the steps for healing with any number of "hurts, hang-ups or habits" (compulsive behaviors).

[edit] The Twelve Steps and their Biblical comparisons

Celebrate Recovery teaches the Twelve Steps by relating them with Biblical verses.[4]

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.)

[edit] Eight Recovery Principles based on the Beatitudes

Saddleback Senior Pastor Rick Warren devised a set of Principles based on the Beatitudes.[5]

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"

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The Promises Of AA - There are promises given and this is why we do it!

The Promises
The Promises

The 12 Promises of Alcoholics Anonymous

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through.

(1) We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.

(2) We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.

(3) We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.

(4) No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.

(5) That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.

(6) We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.

(7) Self-seeking will slip away.

(8) Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.

(9) Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.

(10) We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.

(11) We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

(12) Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

Strait out of the big book of AA: THE PROMISES

The Promises, that are read in many A.A. Meetings can be found on page 83-84, of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous.

THE A.A. PROMISES

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us-sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

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Why Celebrate Recovery - Some Differences

Hurts, Habits and Hangups
Hurts, Habits and Hangups

Celebrate Recovery is a nationwide recovery program based on God’s Word, the Bible. Christ began His sermon on the mount by stating eight ways to be happy, commonly referred to as "The Beatitudes." These eight principles are God’s road to recovery, wholeness, growth and spiritual maturity. Celebrate Recovery holds weekly “Open Meetings” different nights. We have a lesson and a period of open sharing focusing on the 12-step recovery process.

Celebrate Recovery is for anyone who is seeking a God-mended life. If you have a hurt, habit, or hang-up, it’s for you. Ask yourself these questions:

Is there a habit, substance or compulsion dominating my life?Is there an addiction that has become destructive?Am I being controlled by something that is blocking me from experiencing joy in my life?Am I codependent on someone else’s addictions or habits?Is a past abuse in my life preventing me from being able to move forward?If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we urge you to attend a Celebrate Recovery meeting and see if you find it to be a safe place to start healing!

Celebrate Recovery addresses all types of habits, hurts, and hang-ups. Some recovery programs deal only with alcohol or drugs or another single problem.

The primary difference is that Celebrate Recovery focuses on Jesus Christ as the true Higher Power and uses God’s Word as the authority in relation to the Twelve Steps. AA traditionally uses a general interpretation of a Higher Power while Celebrate Recovery ties in to Christ's teachings as given in the Bible.

The original link for more information regarding this is http://celebratemcknight.blogspot.com/2007/11/freq...

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      sobear1 5 years ago

      @jvsper63: Yes you have seen it work on some(less than 5 percent). If by work you mean, stopped using/abusing by means of a fear based reliance upon continued support(meetings etc) It's easy to focus on the few it "helps" and not be aware of the MANY it hurts.

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      sobear1 5 years ago

      @rbkun: The 12 step disease concept is erroneous and hurts more than it helps.

      The success rate of AA is less than the spontaneous remission rate.

      Those exposed to it take roughly twice as long to recover.

      Celebrate Recovery is only a re-marketing of the same philosophy.

      Drug/ alcohol abuse is a sin. God didn't make us powerless over sin. Repent,turn to Jesus for forgiveness, stop the behavior. Have a great life:-)

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      ms-giggles 5 years ago

      Fantastic Lens. I'm a leader for Celebrate Recovery and doing my testimonial lens. It was harder than I thought, but with the love and help of my church and Pastor I will get it done soon. Thanks so much for doing this lens.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Very nice lens. I know the 12 step program works. I have seen it work on loved ones, and others. I like how the video talks of different addictions. And I do believe a lot of us most likely have some kind of addiction. It doesn't have to be drug's or alcohol. Well done Great Lens Joni

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      Paul Turner 6 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      well done!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the introduction to this program; I had not heard of it and you've sure shared a lot of information on your page.