Learn to move beyond your hurts, habits and hang-ups!
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Collegeside church of Christ
252 East 9th Street
Cookeville, TN 38501
Steve Garrett – Ministry Leader
What is Celebrate Recovery?
CELEBRATE RECOVERY is a Christ-centered recovery program designed to help people address a variety of hurts, habits and hang-ups.
How did Celebrate Recovery get started?
CELEBRATE RECOVERY WAS DEVELOPED by John Baker in 1990 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Saddleback Church is led by Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life.”
TODAY, CELEBRATE RECOVERY is being used in tens of thousands of churches nationwide. Millions of individuals have completed the program. The program is international in scope – its material has been translated into 15 different languages.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY IS ALSO USED in recovery houses, rescue missions and prison systems around the world. New Mexico was the first state to adopt Celebrate Recovery into its state prison system. Celebrate Recovery is California’s state-approved substance abuse program for prisons.
What is the purpose of Celebrate Recovery?
THE PURPOSE OF CELEBRATE RECOVERY is to celebrate God´s healing power in our lives through the Twelve Steps and Eight Recovery Principles. This experience allows us to be changed. We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God´s grace in solving our lives´ problems.
What are hurts, habits and hang-ups?
A HURT is an emotional reaction to another person’s behavior or disturbing situation. Some common hurts are: Abandonment, Abortion, Abuse, Adoption, Betrayal, Dysfunctional family, Neglect, Rape and Rejection.
A HABIT is an unhealthy pattern that often starts as a perceived remedy for some problem in your life, but ends up turning into a chronic bad behavior or addiction. Some common habits are: Abusive behavior, Alcohol, Bitterness, Affairs, Critical spirit, Drugs, Eating disorders, Gambling, Gossip, Homosexuality, Isolation, Lying, Pornography, Self-mutilation, Sex addictions, Spending problems, Stealing, Unforgiveness, Wasteful pursuits and Workaholism.
A HANG-UP is a negative attitude used to cope with adversity. Some common hang-ups are: Anger, Anxiety, Codependency, Control freaks, Depression, Fear, Greed, Impatience, Laziness, Materialism, Perfectionism, Pride, Procrastination and Shame.
What makes Celebrate Recovery different from other recovery programs?
UNLIKE SIMILAR RECOVERY PROGRAMS, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery is based on the words of Jesus. Its Eight Recovery Principles correspond with the Beatitudes.
THE PROGRAM IS FORWARD-LOOKING and emphasizes personal responsibility and a spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ. It utilizes the Biblical truth that we need each other in order to grow spiritually and emotionally, and addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. How can I learn more about the Celebrate Recovery program? Visit www.CelebrateRecovery.com for more info, including the program’s history, curriculum and other resources.
How can I learn more about the Celebrate Recovery program?
Visit www.CelebrateRecovery.com for more info, including the program’s history, curriculum and other resources.
How does Celebrate Recovery work?
Celebrate Recovery is built around weekly interaction and the fellowship and accountability of a caring community. This includes two regular meetings, one on Tuesday nights and one on Thursday nights.
(Meeting Night) – 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Collegeside church of Christ
6:00-7:00 – Fellowship meal
WE WILL EAT TOGETHER and get caught up with what’s happening in each other’s lives. For newcomers, the meal is free.
7:00-8:00 – Large Group Meeting
THE LARGE GROUP MEETING is our general meeting, where all men and women participants gather for a time of worship, followed by either a testimony or a teaching. This is a totally relaxed, non-threatening gathering where someone can come and see what recovery is all about. No one needs to make a commitment at this meeting to share hurts, habits or hang-ups.
8:00-9:00 – Open Share Groups (men/women)
AT THE CONCLUSION of the Large Group meeting, participants are excused to attend small groups that are divided by men and women. These groups are a safe, non-judgmental and confidential place to share life’s struggles and victories. Sharing is optional at this meeting.
Our four Open Share Groups consist of:
GROUP #1: Female life issues
GROUP #2: Female chemical dependency
GROUP #3: Male life issues
GROUP #4: Male chemical dependency
(Step Study Groups) – 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Collegeside church of Christ
IN STEP STUDIES, participants from Tuesday nights are led through the 12- step process. There will be two Step Study classes, one for women and one for men.
PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED to discuss and answer questions at the end of each lesson. Weekly attendance is expected and necessary. It is here that the true healing takes place and lives are changed for Jesus. Sharing is mandatory at this meeting.
Statement of Safety
ANONYMITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY are basic requirements of Celebrate Recovery. As we trust in Jesus Christ to love the real us, we can begin to take off the “masks” that we use to protect ourselves. For this to happen, this must be a safe place. The safety of Celebrate Recovery is as strong as each of us makes it. Anyone you see here and anything you hear here, stays here.
Share Group Expectations
Celebrate Recovery Share Groups will:
• Provide you a safe place to share your experiences, strengths and hopes with others who are going through a Christ-centered recovery.
• Provide you with a leader who has gone through a similar hurt, habit or hang-up, who will facilitate the group as it focuses on a particular principle each week.
• Provide you with the opportunity to find an accountability partner or a sponsor.
• Encourage you to attend other recovery meetings held throughout the week.
Celebrate Recovery Small Groups will NOT:
• Attempt to offer any professional clinical advice. Our leaders are not counselors. We will provide you with a list of approved counseling referrals.
• Allow its members to attempt to fix one another.
We offer childcare for infants through age 10 at our Tuesday and Thursday meetings. Donations are welcome.
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program with foundations firmly established in Biblical truth.
THE TWELVE STEPS and THE EIGHT RECOVERY PRINCIPLES offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship, bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ.
The Twelve Steps and the Eight Recovery Principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless Biblical teaching.
Twelve Steps and Biblical Comparisons
STEP 1 – WE ADMITTED WE were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. 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. Romans 7:18
STEP 2 – WE CAME TO BELIEVE that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
STEP 3 – WE MADE A DECISION to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
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. Romans 12:1
STEP 4 – WE MADE A SEARCHING and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40
STEP 5 – WE ADMITTED TO GOD, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16
STEP 6 – WE WERE ENTIRELY READY to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
STEP 7 – WE HUMBLY ASKED Him to remove all our shortcomings.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
STEP 8 – WE MADE A LIST of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
STEP 9 – WE MADE DIRECT AMENDS to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
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. Matthew 5:23-24
STEP 10 – WE CONTINUE TO TAKE personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12
STEP 11 – WE 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.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16
STEP 12 – HAVING HAD A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1
Celebrate Recovery’s Eight Recovery Principles
The Road to Recovery Based on Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10)
Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
(Step 1) Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.
Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover.
(Step 2) Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
(Step 3) Happy are the meek.
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
(Steps 4 and 5) Happy are the pure in heart.
Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
(Steps 6 and 7) Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.
Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others.
(Steps 8 and 9) Happy are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers.
Reserve a time with God for self-examination, Bible reading and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
(Steps 10 and 11)
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words.
(Step 12) Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.