About Celebrate Recovery

Do you feel overwhelmed by your Hurts, Habits and Hang-ups?

Are you looking for real hope and meaning in your life?

Welcome to Celebrate Recovery

Come as you are...It will change your Life!

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program based on the Beatitudes. It is currently being used in over 3500 churches nationwide and internationally. Celebrate Recovery is a ministry of Freedom Church.

Celebrate Recovery was written by Pastors Rick Warren and John Baker. The purposes of Celebrate Recovery are to fellowship and celebrate God's healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles. This experience allows us to "be changed". We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God's grace in solving our life problems.  

By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.

You may be thinking that recovery is just for those with alcohol or drug problems. Only about one-third of the people attending Celebrate Recovery are dealing with chemical dependencies. As Pastor Rick Warren says, “We all have sinned, we’ve all fallen short, we’ve all been hurt, and we’ve all hurt others. Everybody needs recovery.” All of life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups are addressed through this one curriculum. A hurt, habit, or hang-up is something that hinders your walk with God. Healing is available through applying the principles of a Bible based recovery process to our lives.


Celebrate Recovery meets on Thursday evenings at 6:15. The Large Group, Newcomer 101 and Open Share Groups meet one time a week, 52 weeks a year and Step Study groups meet another time of the week until completion of the participant guides which is typically nine to twelve months.


In order to gain the full benefit of Celebrate Recovery, participants are encouraged to attend Large Group, Open Share Groups and Fellowship on Thursday nights and participate in a Step Study group on another night or day of the week. In Large Group we hear teachings on the 8 principles and the 12 Christ-Centered Steps and personal testimonies of changed lives. Open Share groups provide recovery specific issues and solutions while step study groups provide an opportunity to thoroughly work the steps in a group setting rather than alone.