CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Celebrate Recovery exists to rejoice with others as we discover the freedom to be found through exploring God’s plan for our lives.

About Us

COME AND CELEBRATE FREEDOM WITH US AT CR.

Fridays at 6 – 8 PM
Illuminate Community Church 
17800 N. Perimeter Drive, Scottsdale

All are welcome, whether you already know what your struggles are, or you are just looking to allow God to reveal new areas of your life that He has something better for you. No hurt, habit, or hang-up is too big or too small. We are all in this crazy journey called life together, and we would love to have you be a part of our adventure moving forward. We will be meeting weekly on Friday nights at 6pm. Dinner and childcare are provided.

THE 12 STEPS AND THEIR BIBLICAL COMPARISONS

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
    I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
    For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. Romans 7:18 NIV

  2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
    For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 NIV

  3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
    Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1 NIV

  4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
    Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40 NIV

  5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16a NIV

  6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10 NIV

  7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
    1 John 1:9 NIV

  8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
    Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31 NIV

  9. We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24 NIV

  10. We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
    So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12

  11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and power to carry that out.
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16a NIV

  12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
    Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1 NIV

Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)
“Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3a TEV

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2)
“Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 TEV, NIV

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)
“Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5a TEV

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 and 5)
“Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8a TEV

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7)
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires” Matthew 5:6a TEV

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)
“Happy are the merciful.” Matthew 5:7a TEV; “Happy are the peacemakers” Matthew 5:9 TEV

Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will. (Steps 10 and 11)

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)
“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10 TEV

Jesus Christ is the one and only Higher Power. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered ministry.

A TYPICAL NIGHT AT CR - WHAT TO EXPECT

Here’s what to expect each Friday night at CR:
– Family Dinner
– Welcome & Announcements
– Reading of 12 Steps (or 8 Principles)
– Chip Ceremony
– Message
– Small Groups
– Worship
– After CR Fellowship

OPEN-SHARE GROUP GUIDELINES

Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings.

Not your spouse’s, someone you’re dating, or your family members’ hurts and hang-ups, but your own. Focusing on yourself will benefit your recovery as well as the ones around you. Stick to “I” or “me” statements, not “you” or “we” statements. 

Limit your sharing to three to five minutes, so everyone has an opportunity to share — and to ensure that one person does not dominate the group sharing time.

There is NO cross-talk. Cross-talk is when two people engage in conversation excluding all others. Each person is free to express his or her feelings without interruptions. 

Cross-talk is also making distracting comments or questions while someone is sharing. This includes speaking to another member of the group while someone is sharing, or responding to what someone has shared during his or her time of sharing.

We are here to support one another, not “fix” one another. This keeps us focused on our own issues. 

We do not give advice or solve someone’s problem in our time of sharing or offer book referrals or counselor referrals! 

We are not licensed counselors, psychologists, or therapists, nor are the group members. Celebrate Recovery groups are not designed for this. It is up to the participants to include outside counseling to their program when they’re ready.

Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group. The only exception is when someone threatens to injure themselves or others. 

We are not to share information with our spouses/family/co-workers. This also means not discussing what is shared in the group among group members. This is called gossip. 

Please be advised, if anyone threatens to hurt themselves or others, the Small Group Leader has the responsibility to report it to the Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader.

Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group. 

Therefore, we ask that you please watch your language. The main issue here is that the Lord’s name is not used inappropriately. 

We also avoid graphic descriptions. If anyone feels uncomfortable with how explicitly a speaker is sharing regarding his/her behaviors, then you may indicate so by simply raising your hand. The speaker will then respect your boundaries by being less specific in his/her descriptions. This will avoid potential triggers that could cause a person to act out. 

OPEN SHARE SMALL GROUPS

  • Celebrate Recovery Small Groups at Illuminate

  • Alcohol Dependency
    Individual group for men
    This group is for anyone who has ever had a problem with drinking alcohol and has found themselves dependent on it.

  • Chemical Dependency
    Individual groups for men and women
    This group is for anyone who has had a problem with using drugs or alcohol and has found themselves dependent on them.

  • Co-Dependency/Family Dysfunction
    Individual group for women
    This group is for anyone struggling with the compulsion to rescue or take care of others, the compulsion to control or manipulate others, having difficulty setting boundaries, or recognizing their own worth. In addition, this group is for anyone who grew up in or who lives in a family or home where one or more caregivers struggled with addiction, compulsions, co-dependency or any unhealthy behaviors. Recovery includes healing from damaged emotions and belief systems, and learning to express their own needs and wants in a healthy way.

  • Mixed Issues
    Individual groups for men and women
    During recovery, we often discover new areas that need to be dealt with, or sometimes we have multiple issues that we are working through at once. Examples of these issues could be, but are not limited to anger management, food and body image issues, love and relationship addiction, OCD, anxiety and abuse. Recovery includes healing from damaged emotions and belief systems, learning to express feelings and manage emotions in healthy ways.

  • Sexual Integrity
    Individual group for men
    This group is for those seeing recovery from lust and compulsive sexual behaviors. This group provides fellowship and a safe place to share struggles, pain, and victories. It establishes accountability and mutual support among the group throughout the week.
About Us

COME AND CELEBRATE FREEDOM WITH US AT CR.

Fridays at 6 – 8 PM

All are welcome, whether you already know what your struggles are, or you are just looking to allow God to reveal new areas of your life that He has something better for you. No hurt, habit, or hang-up is too big or too small. We are all in this crazy journey called life together, and we would love to have you be a part of our adventure moving forward. We will be meeting weekly on Friday nights at 6pm. Dinner and childcare will be available.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR WANT TO LEARN MORE?

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