Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program offered in over 3,500 churches nationwide and internationally. It is designed to bring hope and healing from all of life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups.
Many think that recovery is only for those with alcohol or drug problems. The truth is that only about one-third of those attending Celebrate Recovery are dealing with chemical dependencies.
Whether the struggle is emotional, financial, relational, or chemical, there is hope. Celebrate Recovery offers a way to move forward…beyond hurts, habits and hang-ups…by offering the tools needed to experience emotional health and peace in the midst of life’s stresses.
A few years ago, my daughter Anna, shared her Celebrate Recovery story with me. I shared it back then and thought it was a good time to reshare it. I hope you’re as blessed as I was when I read it.
A couple of days ago, I ran into someone on a Friday night. They asked me what I had done earlier that evening. I shared with them that I attended Celebrate Recovery. In shock and almost confusion, this person asked me “Why are YOU in recovery?”
I held back for a moment, but I shared “Well, one reason is I struggle with depression …”
People, you don’t just need recovery for drugs or alcohol addiction. There are all sorts of recovery programs for all sorts of people. If you ask me, EVERYONE has at least one reason they should be in recovery.
We all have our “issues.”
We all have our struggles that we deal with.
Most of us, if we are honest, have our “secret struggles” that we don’t like people to know about because it may ruin our perfect image we’ve created for ourselves on social media.
If we were more vulnerable about our struggles, more people would realize that they are NOT alone and that help is real and HOPE IS REAL.
Here is my recovery story:
I first attended Celebrate Recovery in August of 2015. I was quietly struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts and codependency. I told myself I was just going to Celebrate Recovery to “help out with the band.”
Over time I began realizing that I was powerless to change my own issues without fully surrendering them to God. I made a decision to give these things up to God.
Since then, I have had some very dark days, some days where I have wanted to give up, but because of the commitment I’ve made and the support system of loving, God-fearing people surrounding me, I have pulled through to see the brightest of days. God has shown up. When you get vulnerable with God, he will ALWAYS show up. Not for a moment has he forsaken me. Never once have I walked alone.
These days have been filled with making a LOT of amends, forgiving those who have harmed me and letting go of past mistakes.
My faith is stronger, my fears are weaker. I am closer to God than I have ever been and I am truly walking in freedom.
My story isn’t over; and neither is yours.
If someone you know is struggling, reach out and encourage them to take a step of faith and start their journey to FREEDOM.
Here’s a list of just a few things that Celebrate Recovery (and other recovery programs) can bring you healing from…
- Drug and Alcohol
- Cutting / Self Harm
- Video Game
- Depression / Anxiety
- Grief / Loss
- Broken relationships
So, when someone says, “Ooohhh, you’re one of those people.”
I give a resounding, “Why yes. Yes, I am!”
How about you?
Post originally published on August 12, 2017