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What is Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery is not for everyone. If you are a perfect human being, devoid of all problems, without any of life's hurts, habits or hangups, you don't need Celebrate Recovery because you are deceased and in heaven [wink]

However, if you are still living on planet earth and want a new contentment and knowledge, then consider participating in Celebrate Recovery where thinking controls your feelings and your thinking and values emanate from those espoused by none other than the most famous and influential person in history, Jesus Christ.

If there are things in your life you want to change, you don’t change them from the outside in. You change them from the inside out. You start with your thought life, not by trying to change external things. If you have a faulty worldview, your thinking is askew, it’s going to cause all kinds of unnecessary problems in your life. Perfection is not required, but progress is possible, when you allow Christ to change your thinking.

Celebrate Recovery is the Celebration of Christ. Celebrate Recovery is a balanced, biblical program that helps to address hurts, habits and other life controlling problems. 

Celebrate Recovery, is the Celebration of the values of Jesus Christ. It is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy or Christian Behavior Therapy that utilizes Biblical principles and mores, specifically employing the 8 Beatitudes, which are statements on life's values. You deal with hurts, habits or hang-ups from a biblical philosophical perspective, with emphasis on socially and morally appropriate behavior as taught by Jesus Christ in the pages of the Bible. Change your thinking - change your life. Celebrate Recovery is the Spiritual Psychotherapy of Christ's Character.


Like other recovery programs, Celebrate Recovery isn’t for those who need it, but for those who want it. This recovery program is forward-looking. Rather than wallowing in the past, or dredging up and rehearsing painful memories over and over, Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future. Celebrate Recovery isn’t just about alcoholics, addicts, and those who love them, but also about the hurts, habits and hang-ups that affect us all.

Celebrate Recovery, a unique therapeutic model that can save your life physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Celebrate Recovery is about Reality, Research and Responsibility. Celebrate Recovery isn't rocket science, but it has a relationship with science, in the support of modern day principles and precepts of psychology and neurobiology. It is based on values, character, empowerment, motivation and the ability to change your thinking and change your life.

Genesis of Celebrate Recovery:  John Baker started Celebrate Recovery at Saddleback Church, with the approval of Pastor Rick Warren (1991). John was a recovering Alcoholic that was mocked at his AA meetings when he discussed a higher power being God. John new there had to be a better way than AA. John outlined a Christ Centered Recovery Program based on 8 Biblical Principles.
What Celebrate Recovery has done, is to outline the premise of modern Cognitive Behavior Therapy, where a person changes how they
feel, behave and act by changing how they THINK.  John Baker’s goal is to become Christ like in Character. Character is putting values into habit. How do you become Christ like in Character? You change your THINKING, you find enduring values. And the best part is that the therapy book has already been written, in total, it is called the Holy Bible. When you Believe and Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) your life to God, you change your thinking forever.

The Bible tells us that our beliefs determine our behavior. If there are things in your life you want to change, you don’t change them from the outside in. You change them from the inside out. You start with your thought life, not by trying to change external things. Second, if you have a faulty worldview, it’s going to cause all kinds of unnecessary problems in your life.

The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed” (MSG). When you don’t have God’s truth and a correct worldview, you stumble all over yourself. But when you pay attention to God’s revelation, then you are blessed. Do you want your life to be blessed? Just attend to the truth. Pay attention, and get your worldview in line with truth, not popular opinion.

Albert Einstein said it most famously: ‘Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.’ Jonathan Sacks, "The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning," continues, science teaches us where we come from. Religion explains to us why we are here. Science is the search for explanation. Religion is the search for meaning. We need scientific explanation to understand nature. We need meaning to understand human behavior. We need God to know the answers to both. Science is the search for explanation. Celebrate Christ is the search for meaning and purpose through values.  

Anne Marlowe, a heroin addict wrote in her book, "How to Stop Time," "Heroin is an excuse for “not getting on with your life.” Marlowe notes that heroin “isn’t that wonderful: it’s a substance some of us agree to pursue as though it were wonderful, because it’s easier to do that than to figure out what is worth pursuing.”  Ann is right, when you think about it, it's all about Purpose or lack of it.

Combating Addictions is about the three Rs. Research, Reality and Responsibility: Reality: You have free will and ability to think and choose for yourself. Research: The disease model has advanced. Successful therapy does not convey disease mantras or label adolescents. Instead, it focuses on developing skills such as communication, self-control, and problem solving, particularly within the family. Effective treatment programs for teens are those that encourage them to take an active role in shaping their environments—focusing outward, as well as inward, to improve the conditions of their lives.  Addictions are not necessarily incurable life long diseases that render you powerless victims forever, void of free will and choice, and necessitate that a person hit rock bottom in order to change and make progress.  Responsibility: Addiction is the antithesis of responsibility! You need to take responsibility for your addiction; it is your habit and no one else’s. This is made difficult because the bulk of conventional addiction theory attempts to shift responsibility for the habit away from the addict and onto the substance. But this is fallacious and counterproductive. Addiction is a search for immature gratifications—it is self-seeking behavior resembling that of a dependent child. As a result, overcoming addiction requires growing up and assuming adult roles. In this process you learn to take responsibility not only for yourself and your own behavior but for other people in your life. One natural outgrowth of this mature outlook is that you may no longer see yourself as a powerless addict. You may no longer feel any need for the addiction, so it ceases to have any presence in your life. In order to fight addictions, we have to find ways to reverse the very forces that create these addictions; reverse engineer the reward system. One must analyze what conditions are being self-medicated and what alternative behaviors, and what acquired skills, will result in a happier life than the one you're now leading. Remember, you choose how to respond to adversity, tribulation, to life, to God. Your choice should be an intellectual rational choice! We can choose to be good! Our minds should be in control and not our emotions! It is our emotions which are prone to the Quick Fix the Mood Changer. Of course that is easier said than done, but we can develop and practice, "Character." When character is lacking or absent, addiction takes foothold. What is character? Character is making the virtues of Christ a Habit. Click here for the Three Rs or Celebrate Christ.

Albert Einstein said, "Make things as simple as possible and no simpler." Jesus Christ made it as simple as possible. He simply wants us to love God and love our neighbor.  In my view Celebrate Christ is the Ultimate Behavior Therapy, with the therapy book (Bible) already written. Christ is not an, "Enabler," Christ is a Teacher, a Thinker.  God does his deepest work in your life when he deals with your identity — who you are and the way you see yourself. You will always tend to act according to the way you think about yourself. So God does his deepest changes in your life by changing the way you see yourself. If you do a cost benefit analysis of your life, consider this simple thought, "You might have everything to gain and nothing to lose." God’s Word offers a way out for those of us who struggle with life’s circumstances or with addictive, dysfunctional or compulsive behaviors. With respect to hurts, habits and hang-ups, the general goals of Celebrate Christ are the same as secular therapy, but with a Global Purpose for Living that you can take your grave. There is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one lived on purpose. Rick Warren says, "Knowing your purpose simplifies your life. It defines what you do and what you don’t do. Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which aren’t. You simply ask, “Does this activity help me fulfill one of God’s purposes for my life?” Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources. You will tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures, and your mood (Quick Fix-Mood Changer) at that moment. People who don’t know their purpose try to do too much — and that causes stress, fatigue, and conflict." Is getting high, altering life with a quick fix or mood changer-escaping life, your purpose? Ask yourself, whatever you do in life, does this activity serve my purpose? What is your Purpose in life? Do you have one? (Global reason for living). Knowing your purpose gives meaning to life. Ask yourself whatever you do, does this activity serve my purpose?

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"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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8 Principles of Celebrate Recovery:

Principle 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."

Principle 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."

Principle 3

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control.

"Happy are the meek."

Principle 4

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself and God, and someone whom I trust.

"Happy are the pure in heart."

Principle 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."

Principle 6

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.

"Happy are the merciful. . . . Happy are the peacemakers."

Principle 7

Reserve 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.

Principle 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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"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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Celebrate Recovery 12 Steps
Twelve Steps and Their Biblical Comparisons


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1

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"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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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.

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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.

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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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