|“||We are all broken. We have all sinned. We have all missed the mark. We are all struggling with a hurt, habit or hang-up.||”|
|— program founder John Baker, qtd. in Lobdell 1999|
Celebrate Recovery is a recovery program 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. Celebrate Recovery is one of the seven largest addiction recovery support group programs. Promotional materials assert that over 3.5 million people have participated in a Celebrate Recovery step study in over 29,000 churches[better source needed] Approximately two-thirds of these participants are in recovery for something other than drugs or alcohol. Leaders seek to normalize substance abuse as similar to other personal problems common to all people.
Celebrate Recovery uses both the 12 steps developed by Alcoholics Anonymous and a very similar set of eight sequential principles that are understood as a lesson of Jesus' Beatitudes. In addition to issue non-specific large group gatherings and individual mentoring, Celebrate Recovery encourages participants to form a small group of "Accountability Partners" who all have the same problem and support one another closely. Celebrate Recovery groups are held under the management of local church organizations. A study of Celebrate Recovery participants found that levels of spirituality were associated with greater confidence to resist substance use. Celebrate Recovery has not been significantly studied, so there is no empirical evidence regarding the impacts or efficacy of the Celebrate Recovery program.
John Baker was an alcoholic and staff member of Saddleback Church who began healing through Alcoholics Anonymous. He wanted a specifically Christian addiction recovery group, so with the support of Rick Warren, Celebrate Recovery began as a ministry of Saddleback Church under Baker's leadership in 1990. John Baker continues to be the primary author of The Celebrate Recovery curriculum and materials.
Program fidelity constraints
The name Celebrate Recovery is a registered trademark of John Baker, and the national Celebrate Recovery organization requires that groups using this name hold closely to a standardized format. They may not use resources outside of the Bible and authorized Celebrate Recovery curriculum materials. Group facilitators must be trained and agree to a list of expectations, including standardized guidelines at each meeting.
- Addiction recovery groups
- List of twelve-step groups
- Recovery model
- Self-help groups for mental health
- Lobdell 1999.
- Kelly & White 2012, p. 2.
- "What is Celebrate Recovery?". Celebrate Recovery Jacksonville. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- Cf. https://store.pastors.com/products/celebrate-recovery-updated-curriculum-kit. Note that this source doesn't specify participation beyond "discovered".
- "Celebrate Recovery Updated Curriculum Kit". Zondervan. 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- "Celebrate Recovery". San Diego, CA: Newbreak Church. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- Kelly & White 2012, p. 9.
- Headley, Olges & Sickinger 2010.
- Brown et al. 2006.
- Baker 2005.
- Brown et al. 2011.
- Kelly & White 2012, p. 10.
- Destiny Christian Church (27 October 2012). "Frequently asked Questions about Celebrate Recovery" (PDF). Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- "About John Baker". CelebrateRecovery.com. 2016.
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- "Celebrate Recovery Celebrates 25th Birthday". ChristianDrugRehab.com. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- U.S. trademark record for "Celebrate Recovery"
- "The Trademark Statement — DNA of CR". CelebrateRecovery.com. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- "5 Guidelines for Celebrate Recovery Small Groups". Celebrate Recovery: New Orleans. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- "Celebrate Recovery: Five Small Group Guidelines". Washington, DC: National Community Church. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- Baker, John. Stepping out of Denial into God's Grace: Participant's Guide, 1. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998. Print.
- Baker, John, and Richard Warren. Taking an Honest and Spiritual Inventory: Participant's Guide 2: A Recovery Program Based on Eight Principles from the Beatitudes. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 1998. Print.
- Baker, John, and Richard Warren. Celebrate Recovery: Getting Right with God, Yourself, and Others: Participant Guide, 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 1998. Print.
- Baker, John, and Richard Warren. Celebrate Recovery: Growing in Christ While Helping Others: Participant Guide 4. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 1998. Print.
- Baker, John (2005). Celebrate Recovery Leader's Guide: A Recovery Program Based on Eight Principles from the Beatitudes. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
- Baker, John. Your First Step to Celebrate Recovery: How God Can Heal Your Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012. Print.
- Brown, Anthony E.; Tonigan, J. Scott; Pavlik, Valory N.; Kosten, Thomas R.; Volk, Robert J. (19 January 2011). "Spirituality and Confidence to Resist Substance Use Among Celebrate Recovery Participants". Journal of Religion and Health. Springer Nature. 52 (1): 107–113. doi:10.1007/s10943-011-9456-x. ISSN 0022-4197.
- Brown, Anthony E.; Whitney, Simon N.; Schneider, Max A.; Vega, Charles P. (June 2006). "Alcohol Recovery and Spirituality: Strangers, Friends, or Partners?". Southern Medical Journal. 99 (6): 654–657. doi:10.1097/01.smj.0000198271.72795.ab.
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- Kelly, John F.; White, William L. (2012). "Broadening the base of addiction mutual-help organizations" (PDF). Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery. 7 (2-4): 82-101. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
- Lobdell, William (24 April 1999). "12 Steps, Christian Style; Lake Forest Ministry Has Helped Thousands, in a Concept That's Spread". Los Angeles Times. p. B3. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
- Spriggs, J. David, and Eric Sloter. "Counselor-Clergy Collaboration in a Church-based Counseling Ministry." Journal of Psychology & Christianity 22.4 (2003).