Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly are hurts, habits, and hang-ups?
All of us face obstacles in our lives that we have had a hard time overcoming. In Celebrate Recovery we call these issues hurts, habits, and hang-ups. A hurt, habit, or hang-up is something in you or your life that hinders your walk with God and your relationships with others. The feeling of being hurt is an emotional reaction to another person's behavior or to a disturbing situation: abuse, abandonment, codependency, divorce, relationship issues. A habit is an addiction to someone or something: alcoholism, drugs, food, gambling, sex/pornography, shopping, smoking. Hang-ups are negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or adversity: anger, depression, fear, unforgiveness, anxiety, self-esteem, resentment. These life problems can be stumbling blocks or stepping stones--the choice is yours!

Can anyone come to Celebrate Recovery?
Anyone and everyone over 18 is welcome to come to Celebrate Recovery to experience the healing that takes place in a Christ-centered environment. We believe there are no individuals that walk this earth who have not dealt with some type of hurt, habit or hang-up. Celebration Place is a complementary children's resource to Celebrate Recovery where kids in 1st-6th grades can discover the same truths in age-appropriate ways. Children attending Celebration Place must have a parent attending Celebrate Recovery. Middle and high school students can also travel the path to freedom, healing and wholeness at The Landing for teens. Childcare is available for preschoolers.

Is Celebrate Recovery Confidential?
Yes! Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality and is a safe place. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery. We have a saying that WHO you see here, WHAT you hear here, WHEN you leave here, STAYS HERE! We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity. The guidelines/rules protect all of us from judgment and being "fixed." In a safe place, you can take off your mask and be real and honest without fear. You are 100% in control of when and how much you participate.

What is recovery?
In physical health, recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, habits and hang-ups are like an illness and using the tools of Celebrate Recovery we begin to move toward wholeness. Some might say from bondage to freedom in Christ. Others might say from self-reliance to faith in Christ.

What is Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery is for anyone struggling with life. If you have ever had a hurt, if you have ever had a hang-up in life, or have struggled with an addiction, Celebrate Recovery is for you. We all share one thing in common: HURT. Celebrate Recovery IS: a safe place...a refuge...a place of belonging...a place to care for others and be cared for...where respect is given to each member...where confidentiality is highly regarded...a place to learn, to grow and become strong again...where you can take off your mask...a place for healthy challenges and healthy risks...a possible turning point in your life. Celebrate Recovery IS NOT: a place of selfish control...therapy...a place for secrets...a place to look for dating relationships...a place to rescue or be rescued by others...a place of perfection...a long-term commitment...a place to judge others...a quick fix. 

How does Celebrate Recovery work?
Celebrate Recovery uses the 12 Steps and their Biblical comparisons as a model for living your life. Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with God's purpose to mend our lives. 

Who leads Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery is led by Christians who have been through 12 Step Recovery themselves. They understand. Many have been dealt tragic blows in their lives. Our choices cause painful and lingering consequences, leading to guilt, remorse, grief, and shame. These individuals can truly understand and lead others.

Does it cost anything to attend?
Celebrate Recovery does not charge for this ministry. A free-will offering may be taken up to help support this ministry but it is strictly voluntary. Participant Guides used in the step studies are available for purchase as are other Celebrate Recovery resources such as Life's Healing Choices, Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional, Celebrate Recovery Bible and Your First Steps to Celebrate Recovery

What if I can't make it each week?
You are welcome to come when you can for worship, large group, and open-share groups. However, if you join a Step Study, you are expected to come each week until you complete it. As with any endeavor, the more effort you put into Celebrate Recovery, the more benefit you will gain.

Do I have to share?
In the Open Share Groups, absolutely not...until you are ready. You can pass anytime you wish and for as long as it take for you to become comfortable. In the Step Studies everyone is required to share as the questions are answered. 

What is the difference between AA (and other 12-Step Programs) and Celebrate Recovery?
The principles difference between AA (and other 12-Step Programs) and Celebrate Recovery is that Celebrate Recovery focuses on Jesus Christ as the true Higher Power, uses God's Word as the authority in relation to the Twelve Steps, and there is a large group praise and worship time. In order to reach people who would be offended by Jesus or the church, AA focused on a Higher Power. But Celebrate Recovery's 8 Principles to the Road to Recovery tie the Twelve Steps to Jesus Christ's teachings know as the Beatitudes given in the Sermon on the Mount.