Celebrate Recovery commenced in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. At that time, the church was gathering at a high school gymnasium.
After undergoing the entire treatment program, it is important for our clients to adopt habits that will ensure continuing sobriety. This involves engaging in behaviors such as taking part in 12-step groups, having time for prayers and meditation, and being attentive to self-care.
On the first night, 43 people attended, and Celebrate Recovery was born. Opening with only four Open Share Groups:
— Men’s and Women’s Chemical Dependency and Men’s and Women’s Codependency — the ministry has expanded to up to 14 groups today.
Over 27,000 people have proceeded through the program at Saddleback Church and many of them are currently serving in Celebrate Recovery.
Celebrate Recovery is the number one outreach service at Saddleback Church, with over 70% of its participants now coming from outside the church.
The Celebrate Recovery program proclaims as part of a movement that delivers the healing power of Jesus Christ to the hurting and broken.
Growth Of Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery is expanding in churches and recovery houses, rescue missions, universities, and prisons worldwide.
New Mexico was the first state to embrace Celebrate Recovery into its state prison system and now has Celebrate Recovery pods in all its state prisons.
In August 2004, Celebrate Recovery was declared as California’s state-approved substance abuse program for prisons.
This is a unique and growing outreach opportunity for every Celebrate Recovery.
John Baker is the founder of Celebrate Recovery, a ministry born in Saddleback Church. The Celebrate Recovery program is currently being used in 35,000 churches nationwide.
Over five million individuals have completed the program as well. 
Celebrate Recovery 12 Steps and Biblical Comparisons
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 NIV
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 NIV
We decided to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
– Therefore, I urge you, brothers, because 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 NIV
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 NIV
We admitted to God, ourselves, and 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 5:16a NIV
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 NIV
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 NIV
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 NIV
We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
– Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and 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 NIV
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
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
– Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16a NIV
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 NIV
Celebrate Recovery’s Eight Recovery Principles
The Road to Recovery Based on the Beatitudes
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.” Matthew 5:3a TEV
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.” Matthew 5:4 TEV, NIV
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)
“Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5a TEV
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.” Matthew 5:8a TEV
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” Matthew 5:6a TEV
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.” Matthew 5:7a TEV; “Happy are the peacemakers” Matthew 5:9 TEV
Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer 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.” Matthew 5:10 TEV
Why Should We Join Support Groups Such As Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery’s 12 Steps being connected on the Bible.
According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic disease similar to other chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
Human investigations of addictive behaviors have connected both environmental and genetic influences and interactions between the two.
While genetics play a significant role in determining who we are, the environment in which we are raised is just as influential. 
Participants of support groups will not be judged for their choices or actions because the other people in the support group have pledged to non-judgment and may have similar life events.
New group members can look to other members who have been able to make successful transitions. The life of others can support the future goals of others by inspiring them to cope.
CR vs. AA
Both Celebrate Recovery (CR) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are “12 Step Programs”. This means both groups follow a 12-step approach to sobriety and recovery.
Both acknowledge that a person has no power over their alcohol use.
Celebrate Recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous meets in group settings. Both provide open discussions about struggles and successes through the recovery process.
Meetings for both groups happen often. It means some weekly and others daily. The groups follow a loose format but are generally unstructured.
Both Celebrate Recovery and AA use “sponsors” through the program.
These sponsors are people who have been sober for a while, though there are no specific rules. Sponsors are in place to offer accountability and support for newcomers.
Both programs are strict when it comes to being anonymous. Privacy is important in both Alcoholics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery.
AA and CR both utilize the Serenity Prayer in their meetings and throughout their programs.
While both groups do use a 12-Step approach to recovery, they differ in the intent behind the steps.
AA is the original, while Celebrate Recovery has modified the 12 Steps to be accompanied by Bible verses using Christ’s words as a guideline.
Both AA and Celebrate Recovery turn to a power greater than themselves to guide members through recovery from addiction.
In AA, this “higher power” can be anything the member decides, whereas, in Celebrate Recovery, the higher power is Christ.
AA is a program solely for support, accountability, and guidance through alcohol addiction.
Other “Anonymous” groups have grown from this model, and each is unique in its purpose.
Celebrate Recovery is a place to find freedom from “hurts, hang-ups, and habits”.
Level Up West Palm Support Group Programs
At Level Up West Palm, we firmly believe that the best chances of lifelong recovery are when clients are given the proper coping means.
But that is still only half of the fight against addiction and relapse;
making those resources accessible plays a vital role in lifelong recovery.
As such, we are pleased to offer our treatment programs (individual counseling, group therapy, and 12-step that work as a support group like Celebrate Recovery) at the same facility.
This implies less headache and nuisance for our clients, who can spend more time concentrating on getting better.
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Please speak with an Addiction Advisor today here at Level Up West Palm.