Celebrate Recovery

The theme of Celebrate Recovery Program is that healing becomes possible with the help of God’s grace and love. To some degree, many can experience a freedom from the damaging effects of their known negative environment. As the program is put into place and individuals start on their path of healing, it becomes easier to remain a functioning member of the community once again.


Celebrate Recovery Programs believe that along with the typical 12-Step Program, scripture is an important healing tool. It is belief that the regular use of these tools can help those individuals who are struggling with various addiction issues and may be used to heal them during their recovery.


The entire process begins by opening a door and sharing experiences, hopes and strengths with one another. By working these steps and then applying their biblical principles, individuals begin to grow spiritually and become free of old habits, past pain and hang-ups. As imagined, this freedom creates peace; joy and a strong personal relationship with others and of course our loving and forgiving Higher Power, Jesus Christ.






12-Step program description with Bible Versus included


Step 1: Admitting that individual is powerless over alcohol and that life has become unstable and not manageable


The first step comes to be the biggest one of them all because it breaks an individual’s denial of the addiction and starts them off on the journey of recovery. In order to accept the addiction and to take this very crucial life changing step, one must acknowledge their need for help and make it clear that pursuing a solution is top priority.
13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16


Step 2: Believing that there is a greater power that’ll help restore sanity

Step two is focused on hope- the hope for an individual that they one day can live a content and happy life without the obsession of drugs and alcohol. For this step to be put into prospective, the individual is suggested to find a caring, loving, greater being than ourselves.


11 There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby. 12 “Send us into those pigs,” the spirits begged. “Let us enter them.”13 So Jesus gave them permission. The evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd of about 2,000 pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.” Mark 5:11-13

Step 3: The decision to turn over our lives and will to the care of that higher power has been made


Step three consists of giving our problems over to out Higher Power. In this step, we decide that we will do in our lives what we can to our ability and to leave the results to our higher power, Jesus Christ.


  • 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:10


  • 24 He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. 26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.” Acts 17:24-26



Step 4: An inventory of self has been made fearlessly and searchingly


Step four means to take a deep look inside of ourselves and address feelings or issues we have been keeping compressed. Taking inventory of those feelings either good or bad can help us paint an image of what creates the addiction.


  • 11 And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave[a] gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15



Step 5: Admitted to ourselves, other human beings and to our Higher Power the exact wrong doings of our nature

This step allows the participant to admit all of their nagging issues or wrong doings to someone who will listen to and care about their feelings. This may help the individual come to terms with their past and help repair broken bonds and the nature of their faults.


  • 7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10



Step 6: We are fully prepared to have our Higher Power remove all defects of our character


Step six allows our Higher Power to control how our lives work. For instance, if we begin to accept that our lives are not perfect and confide in our selected higher power for direction, we then allow our unresolved issues to come to surface and not allow said higher power to find a solution for those issues.


  • 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:12-14



Step 7: We humbly ask our Higher Power to remove all of our shortcomings


After identifying our character defects or flaws in the fourth step and becoming prepared to submit our issues to our higher power, we finally come to this step that consists of asking our higher power to remove our personal issues. This can be considered a plea in helping us become a better person. Humility is the essential key in step seven.


  • “And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. 13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” 1 John 5:11-15



Step 8: A list is made of all individuals that we have harmed, and become willing to make amends with them all


In step 8, participants are to make a list of those individuals they have hurt in the past. The idea behind this is to eventually find these individuals and make peace with them. There may be people on those lists that we cannot bare to talk to or we feel do not deserve an apology but the job of the sponsor is to go down the list with the participant and go over how each individual should be handled. As addicts, they are not fit to make that decision on their own.


  • Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10



Step 9: Direct amends is made to those individuals wherever at all possible, except when in order to do so would injure them or others


Step nine consists of the individual clearing up the wreckage of their past. In this step, they will sit with the people they have caused harm to and try to make amends with them. Often times, this will involve action over words. This step allows addict to come to realization with the changes they must be willing to make in order for those newly bonded relationships to remain strong.


  • 23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. 25 “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison.” Matthew 5:23-25



Step 10: Continuing to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it


Step 10 is usually looked at as a self check step. This way, when the individual becomes resentful, depressed, and angry or has any negative feelings, it is a reminder of what must be done to continuously work on ourselves. This step helps the person on this path to recovery keep up a method of staying self-aware.


  • 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” James 1:21-25



Step 11: Through prayer and meditation, sought to improve our contact with our Higher Power, praying for knowledge of the will for us and the power to carry that out


The point of step eleven is for individuals to grow in their spirituality and to reach out farther into their lives. Learning opportunities were put into place daily. In this step, participants can explore various philosophies or religions to focus their prayers on and connect with like-minded people around them.


  • 18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” John 3:18-21



Step 12: We have practiced these principles and have carried out the same message to alcoholics in all affairs, typically leading to a spiritual awakening as a result


This is the final step and one that highlights the reaching out and helping others in recovery. By this step, most folks in recovery have been involved in service work in some sort of form or another. Typically with this step, individuals can look back on their recovery and notice the spiritual transformation within them.


  • “So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin.[a] 2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. 3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 5 But remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:1-5

















The 8 Celebrate Recovery Principles include:


Realize I’m Not God; I admit that I am not powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.

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

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.” Matthew 5:4

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

Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5

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

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

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants me to make in life.

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

Evaluate all my relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I have done to others when possible, except when doing so would harm them or others.

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

Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His work for my life and gain the power to follow His will.

Yield myself to be used by God to bring this good news to others, both by my example and by my words.