How it Works
MAKE A DECISION By attending a meeting, you can decide if have a hurt, habit or hang-up you would like to work on. This is something that only you can determine. As you listen to others share openly and honestly of their struggles and triumphs, you may find that you have had similar experiences. You can overcome some of your denial about addictions, compulsions or other problems impacting your serenity. You will see that everyone sins, everyone has been hurt, everyone deals with relational challenges and everyone falls short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). Good people, with good jobs, good families, and a sense of humor, can have hurts, habits and hang-ups. You may know that intellectually, but you need to believe it. Everybody likes to think that they’re special. But this is one of those times when it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone.
JOIN A COMMUNITY When you attend meetings, you meet people who are going through the same thing. God designed us to heal in community, “therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed…” (James 5:16, NIV) – we were not meant to become isolated in our hurts, habits and hang-ups. Celebrate Recovery meetings are safe, welcoming communities of people just like you.
EMBRACE HOPE By attending meetings, you come to believe that recovery is possible. You see that others have found victory over their struggles and you develop confidence that you too can change your life. The people who recovered are just like you…they just followed the few simple principles of CR. If you follow those principles and work the steps, you too can find hope and freedom from your hurts, habits and hang-ups.
ENJOY ACCEPTANCE When you attend meetings, you won’t be judged. Most of us have difficulty sharing our emotions, partly because we’re afraid nobody will understand us, and partly because we’re afraid of being criticized. The people at CR won’t judge you because we’ve been there. We are a group of people that simply choose to be real and transparent about our lives and find freedom in doing so. We believe we are “only as sick as our secrets”… at CR, those secrets lose their power over us as we share openly within a safe community of our peers.
SEEK ACCOUNTABILITY By attending meetings, we are asking others to hold us accountable. We share our hurts, habits and hang-ups with others and when we find victory, we celebrate those wins together. But even more importantly, when we fall, those same people are there to lift us up, speak truth into our lives and love us despite our struggles. We do not go it alone. CR is a community of accountability and compassion.
- The Big Book of AA