Celebrate Recovery (CR) is an American, Christ-based approach to recovery that was a response to twelve-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. It was founded in 1990 by Pastor John Baker of Saddleback Church, and is aimed at all “hurts, habits, and hang-ups”, including but not exclusive to: high anxiety; co-dependency; compulsive behaviors; sex addiction; financial dysfunction; drug and alcohol addictions; and eating disorders. The founders felt that Alcoholics Anonymous was too vague in referring to God as a “higher power”, and wanted a more specifically Christ-based program. Celebrate Recovery utilizes eight Recovery Principles that are based on the Sermon on the Mount.
What Happens at a Celebrate Recovery (CR) Meeting?
Unlike more traditional support groups like AA and NA, Celebrate Recovery (CR) meetings are longer in duration and are usually split up into two parts. The first part of a Celebrate Recovery meeting is considered a big group meeting in which members listen to and sing music that is both uplifting and inspiring. After music, the group leader will provide a teaching based either on one of the 12-steps or the 8 principles of CR. The second part of a Celebrate Recovery meeting is small group meetings in which the group as a whole will break into smaller more intimate groups to further discuss and apply what we’ve learned with others who are struggling with the same issues.
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