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Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a 12 Step Recovery program based on the Bible.

“The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through 8 Recovery Principles. By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually.

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 one and only true Higher Power.”

-- Pastor John Baker, Saddleback Church.

Celebrate Recovery is:

  • A safe place to share
  • A place where respect is given to each member
  • a place to grow and become strong
  • A place where confidentiality is highly regarded
  • A place where you can take off your mask
  • A place to build a relationship with Jesus Christ

Celebrate Recovery is not:

  • A place for selfish control
  • A place for therapy
  • A place to look for dating relationships
  • A place for perfections
  • A place to judge others
  • A place for secrets
  • A place to be rescued by others nor to rescue others
  • A quick fix

What is a Hurt?

The feeling of being hurt is an emotional reaction to another person’s behavior or to a disturbing situation.

(abuse, abandonment, co-dependency, divorce, relationship issues, grief, distress, etc.)

What is a Habit?

A habit is an addiction to someone or something.

(alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, sex, shopping, smoking, etc.)

What is a Hang-up?

Hang-ups are negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or an adversity.

(anger, depression, fear, or unforgiveness)

  • R ealize I’m not God: I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.

    (Step 1)

    “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor” – Matthew 5:3

  • E arnestly 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” – Matthew 5:4

  • C onsciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.

    (Step 3)

    “Happy are the meek” – Matthew 5:5

  • O penly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.

    (Steps 4 & 5)

    “Happy are the pure in heart” – Matthew 5:8

  • V oluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.

    (Steps 6 & 7)

    “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires” – Matthew 5:6

  • E valuate 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.

    (Steps 8 & 9)

    “Happy are the merciful.” “Happy are the peacemakers.”– Matthew 5:7, 9

  • R eserve a daily 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 & 11)

  • Y ield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.

    (Step 12)

    “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires” – Matthew 5:10

  • 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 continued 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) “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

  • Step 12

    Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

    “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.” (Galatians 6:1)

God, grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,

enjoying one moment at a time;

accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;

taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is;

not as I would have it;

trusting that You will make all things right

if I surrender to your will;

so that I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with You forever in the next.


– Reinhold Niebuhr

The Celebrate Recovery program is a national initiative to bring others to God.

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