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Welcome to Christ Recovery. Christ Recovery is dedicated to the idea that a person's purpose and values are the main navigational tools in recovery from any hurt, habit or hang-up. The Bible, specifically the Sermon on the Mount, contains the template for purpose and values on planet earth. There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot become a better person. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than the issue. This is a forum for members of any Celebrate Recovery group to meet, share, and talk. This is not a replacement for Celebrate Recovery face to face meetings. Think of this forum as an adjunct tool to normal meetings. Think of this forum as an online, "Solid Rock Café." This Main Forum is simply a place for introduction, explanation and general discussion and not specific issues. I hope that you will find this forum a safe place, a place for everyone, a place for all issues, a place to receive support, a place to experience God's love, a place where you are loved and accepted, a place to heal from any hurts, habits and hangups. You are as, "Anonymous," here as you want to be. The, "Choice," as always, is yours.
151 114 7 Ways to Cultivate Hope, Even in Trying Times
by Chiro
Chemical Dependency or Abuse
Chemical dependency refers to alcohol, drug or prescription medication abuse. If you find you cannot quit drinking or using entirely, or if you have little control over the amount you consume, if you experience, feelings of intolerable helplessness, trapped, powerless with a lack of control, with respect to specific occurrences in your life, if you attempt to regain control with chemical abuse, you probably struggle with a displaced behavior called chemical addiction. If that is the case, you may be suffering from a problem which might best be addressed with a spiritual solution of both science and scripture. A solution that will change your thinking and thereby change your life! Sobriety in itself is not a way of life. It is simply the absence of intoxication. It is what one does with their sobriety and their life that is important (Godbriety). The greatest evil of addiction is that it separates the addict from God (Psalms 4:2). All change ultimately occurs because of decisions (THINKING) people make for themselves. People change with they are HURT ENOUGH and HAVE TO, or when the LEARN ENOUGH AND WANT TO. Perfection is not required, but progress is possible, when you allow Christ to change your thinking. Romans 12:2
1028 968 How Anxiety and Addiction Affect One Another
by Chiro
Anger Issues
Anger is not a primary emotion, but a reaction to something deeper. When most of us think of an “angry” person, we think of someone who destroys themselves and their relationships through uncontrollable outbursts of rage. We usually picture someone who goes around slamming doors, yelling loudly, and making life miserable for everyone, including themselves. Yet, this is only one part of anger, as anger has many faces. Equally as damaging and destructive is anger that is suppressed, or “stuffed.” All anger, if allowed to, will continue to destructively influence our behaviors and attitudes, and will ultimately erupt from deep within the heart. Anger like all hurts, habits and hangup, has it origin in loss of emotional control. It may reveal more about your anger than you realize helping you determine if your anger is reaching a destructive level in your life. It may also be the beginning of the healing that you’re looking for! What is the cause of anger? Every act of anger is preceded by a feeling of helplessness or powerlessness (an overwhelming of the capacity to manage without feeling emotionally flooded). In a nutshell, when you are emotionally upset because of something profoundly important to you has been affected. You feel trapped, powerless, helpless and emotionally out of control with respect to the incident. You then attempt to reverse or regain personal control with a displaced compulsive behavior known as anger. The drive in displaced behavior is rage at helplessness. It is this particular kind of rage-anger that gives anger its most conspicuous characteristics of intensity and loss of control.
28 27 Controlling Your Anger: Stop Wasting Your Time and Energy
by Chiro
Codependency is about managing FEELINGS, yours and others. A codependent is dependent on another person for their well-being. Codependency is, essentially, an addiction to another person; the compulsive need to control that part of their life that is out-of-control. Codependency is hard to define, but it involves actively seeking to control or manipulate others, give unsolicited advice, rescue needy people, or base our self-concept on the well-being or approval of others. It’s a life-controlling issue because we allow the behavior of another person to effect our behavior, so that we become consumed with that person and their problems. This obsession with the issues and problems of others, becomes debilitating to us as we exhaust inordinate and inappropriate amounts of mental and emotional energy over them, leaving little, if any, energy for ourselves.
84 75 How to Change Your Codependent Behaviors
by Chiro
Love & Relationship Addiction
This group provides a safe place to deal with the depression, isolation, lack of trust, and the unhealthy use of love and relationships as means of achieving worth, that are characteristic of Romance and Relationship Addictions. Addiction is a displaced behavior intended to reverse a profound, intolerable sense of helplessness. This helplessness is always rooted in something deeply important to the individual. Come find out what is genuinely important to you.
Moderators:Coach T
33 29 The Process of Forgiveness and Its Purpose in Recovery
by Admin
Sex & Porn Addiction for Men
Our lust began as an overpowering desire for pleasurable relief from an inner pain, emptiness or insecurity that we were not able to cope with in any other way. (We felt helpless, trapped, lacking control). At first, our displaced behavior did provide the relief we sought (attempt to regain control). For a time, sex with ourselves or with others dissolved the tension, relieved the depression, resolved the conflict, and provided the means to deal with, control, or escape from life’s seemingly unbearable situations. Eventually, our quest for relief became an addiction (displaced behavior), and the addiction took on a life of its own. Pleasure and relief were gradually replaced with tension, depression, rage, guilt, and even physical distress. To relieve this new pain, we resorted to more sex and lust, displacing control in the process. We were driven to spend more time thinking about and carrying out our addiction. We lived in denial to avoid recognizing just how much of our life was controlled by our addiction. Finally, our addiction took priority over everything: our ability to work, live in the real world, relate with others and be close to God. What began as the cure had become the sickness. The Answer had become the Problem. We were hopelessly addicted to lust.
Moderators:Coach T
77 68 Yes, Your Christian Husband Probably Watches Porn—And No, He’s Probably Not a Pervert
by Chiro
Sex & Porn Addiction for Women
As women, sexual addiction is unique. Our behavior ranged from sex with self, phone sex, cyber sex, and pornography. We engaged in promiscuity, illicit relationships, and multiple-adultery. For some of us it was exotic dancing, escort services and prostitution. We used our bodies, intentionally dressed provocatively, and performed for others, creating an illusion that gave us a false sense of self-worth. We were addicted to the intrigue, the tease, and the forbidden. We jeopardized our relationships, jobs, morals and values; we even neglected our children. All the while, we rationalized our sexual behaviors. We asked ourselves, “What will a little fantasy hurt,” or “What they don’t know, won’t hurt them.” As we lived a double-life, we became disconnected from reality making true intimacy with another impossible. We carried this behavior from relationship to relationship and even into our marriages.
15 15 Yes, Your Christian Husband Probably Watches Porn—And No, He’s Probably Not a Pervert
by Chiro
Co-Dependency with Sexually Addicted Man (COSA)
This is a group for women who are in a relationship with someone who struggles with pornography or sexual addiction.
3 3 Harvey Weinstein Proves Sex Addiction Doesn't Exist
by Admin
Abusive Relationships
There are many reason why people stay in abusive relationships. But whatever the reason, the first step is to know for sure if you are in a potentially dangerous relationship? Take this quiz to find out. Abusers give early warning signs. Educate yourself on the early warning signs of a potentially dangerous relationship, and prepare a safety plan to get out.
6 4 Which Type Of Emotionally Neglectful Parents Raised You? 17 Signs to Look For
by Admin
Food Addiction
Food addiction can go from simply seeking food as a comfort to compulsive over-eating, Anorexia or Bulimia. It’s a way of coping with our feelings of inadequacies by reaching out for a cure that would ultimately destroy us. It looks different for different people, but ultimately it’s about running from love, running from pain and living with shame and self-hate. Food addiction is progressive and can ultimately lead to kidney damage, destruction of teeth, malnutrition, cardiac arrest or diabetes.
26 25 Hard to Resist Temptation? Here Is How to Regain Control
by Chiro
Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (formerly known as Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Those who grew up in a dysfunctional family or with an alcoholic parent or parents, whether they were abusive or neglectful, have a tendency to stuff the pain. Unfortunately, running from those memories or minimizing the experience, doesn't take away the pain, the fear and/or the feeling of isolation. A sadder reality is, that by not dealing with these issues, we tend to either carry out the same dysfunctional characteristics in our own lives or marry someone with them.
2 2 God is My Rock for Me!
by Admin
Financial Recovery and Gambling
Being unclear about financial responsibilities, frequent borrowing, poor savings habits, compulsive shopping, tendency to live on the edge.
11 11 Addiction and Gambling
by Chiro
INTERNET: Social Networking, TV Watching, Tech Obsession & Computerized Gaming
Excessive use of computer, social networking or playing computer games that monopolize time.
59 58 Are You Addicted to the Internet Too?
by Chiro
Anxiety and Depression
Sometimes mood has more to do with the way we view life and ourselves rather than a shift in brain chemistry. Inner burdens can led to chronic pessimism and depression.
47 35 The Act of Working on and Completing a Project Heals
by Admin
Buying needlessly is often a Quick Fix or Mood Changer to something else that is wrong in our lives.
5 5 10 Signs You’re Addicted to Online Shopping
by Admin
While everyone knows that physical pain can cause emotional pain, emotional pain can also cause physical pain. This becomes particularly important to recognize in the setting of chronic, medically unexplained pain syndromes. Teaching a patient how to control their lives, (taking control of emotional circumstances in life that render them trapped, helpless, overwhelmed and out of control), often has a marked reduction on somatic pain. Regaining control with direct healthy behavior and habits (Christ Driven Behavior) is hard work but results in regaining control of their pain and more importantly their life! Eat well, move well, think well.
28 22 20 Tips for Living Well with Chronic Pain and Illness
by Admin
The Landing
Are you a teenager struggling with the realities of life or do you know a teen that is struggling? Come check out the Landing! The Landing is part of the Celebrate Recovery collection of programs designed specifically for students ages 13-18. The Landing at RHCC supports our Junior and High School ministries in providing teenagers Biblical, healthy ways to overcome the hurts and pressures of life. The Landing is based on the beatitudes where Jesus laid out principles for happiness in the Sermon on the Mount – The Landing is for teenagers who are struggling to live their lives in a healthy, God-honoring way. The Landing is designed to support our youth ministries in helping teenagers to be able to discuss their world as it is - not as grown-ups want it to be for them. The Landing is a safe, healing place where teenagers can live a freer, healthier, and more God-centered life. The Landing can help foster hope, truth and joy as teenagers embark on an exciting journey of engaging videos, meaningful experiences, vibrant worship, and great conversation as they develop true friendships with other teens. The Landing breaks the cycles of dysfunction, giving our students the tools to face life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits in an new and healthy effective way.
36 35 Bullying Is as American as Apple Pie
by Admin

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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.


With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.


Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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