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Finding Healing and Hope: A Journey Through Celebrate Recovery

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

Celebrate Recovery changed my life and I wanted to share more about what Celebrate Recovery is and how it can help you with any of your Hurts, Habits, or Hang-ups!

Finding Healing and Hope: A Journey Through Celebrate Recovery

Life is a journey filled with ups and downs, and sometimes we find ourselves facing challenges that seem insurmountable. Celebrate Recovery is a program that offers a beacon of hope for those seeking healing from life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups. In this blog post, we'll explore the transformative journey of Celebrate Recovery and how it has become a source of strength and renewal for countless individuals, me included.

*The Heart of Celebrate Recovery*

Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christ-centered, 12-step program designed to help individuals overcome a wide range of issues, including codependency, anxiety, depression, trauma, and yes, addictions of all kinds. At its core, it offers a safe space and a supportive community where individuals can find acceptance and healing.

I personally started attending Celebrate Recovery to FINALLY deal with the trauma and hurts from my toxic and abusive marriage that I silenced and kept hidden for so long. It's during these times of struggle that we often need support and guidance the most.

* A Place of Acceptance and Understanding *

One of the most powerful aspects of Celebrate Recovery is the sense of belonging it provides. In the midst of struggles and brokenness, participants discover a community that welcomes them with open arms and understands their pain. Depending on which CR you attend, they will offer groups that are specific to your struggle, or they will have a blended group that is a safe space for you.

* The Healing Power of Sharing *

Celebrate Recovery meetings offer a platform for individuals to share their stories, struggles, and triumphs. I'll be honest, when joining your first group, it was a little weird. Why, might you ask? Well, when you are used to a world where people are always trying to "one up you" or trying to "fix" you or you are told to not overshare, this space you will learn is totally different.

You get to a point where you feel comfortable enough sharing bits and pieces of your life without judgement. You realize that you are not the only one who has been through something or thinks a certain way. You are NOT alone and that is what the enemy wants you to think. Side note - if you are not ready to share, you are not forced to do so! This sharing process is deeply therapeutic and allows participants to find hope and encouragement in the experiences of others.

* A Spiritual Journey *

While Celebrate Recovery is open to people of all faiths or no faith, it is rooted in Christian principles. Participants have the opportunity to explore their spiritual connection and find solace in their faith as they work through their challenges.

Life is miserable until you surrender your every thought and move over to Jesus. After attending for a year, I fully surrendered my all to Jesus and allowed Him to reign supreme over my thoughts and actions. Being able to feel, face, and heal from so many things that kept me in chains.

* The 12 Steps and Biblical Comparisons *

Celebrate Recovery incorporates the 12 steps and their biblical comparison to guide participants through the recovery process. These steps offer a structured path toward healing, self-discovery, and personal growth.

Little did I know that I would uncover some deep and traumatic experiences from my childhood that I had pressed so deep that I forgot about them. I would also learn that I used other vices to cope with the abuse and trauma I had endured. This process helped me to realize what happened to me as a child was NOT my fault and I was able to take ownership of the choices I made as an adult when it came to my words, actions, and decisions.

* Accountability and Support *

Accountability partners and small groups play a crucial role in Celebrate Recovery. Those relationships provide support, encouragement, and a sense of responsibility that aids in the recovery process.

On April 10th, 2021, I woke up and decided enough was enough. I was no longer going to allow alcohol to dictate me or my life. So, I picked up my phone and reached out to my accountability partners to let them know what I wanted to do, and they were there every step of the way encouraging, praying, and pointing me to Christ through the highs and lows.

* Celebrating Milestones and Progress *

As participants work through their challenges, Celebrate Recovery celebrates milestones and progress, no matter how small it may seem. This recognition of achievement fuels motivation and reinforces the belief that recovery IS possible.

Personally celebrating 2+ years of sobriety, those small victories are a BIG deal! I truly feel like a better human being - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

* The Power of Forgiveness *

Forgiveness is a central theme in Celebrate Recovery. Participants learn to forgive themselves and others, releasing the burdens of resentment and guilt that can hinder their progress.

This helped me to make the decision to forgive the people who hurt me and then put in place necessary boundaries to not allow it to happen again.

* Finding Purpose and Meaning *

Celebrate Recovery isn't just about overcoming challenges, it's also about discovering one's purpose and calling. Participants often find renewed hope and a sense of mission as they progress on their journey.

* A Lifelong Commitment to Recovery *

Celebrate Recovery is not a quick fix; it's a lifelong commitment to growth and healing. Many participants continue to attend meetings and stay involved as they offer support to others on their journey.

I now have the opportunity to help others become overcomers in certain areas of life through my life coaching. It is such an honor and privilege to be able to lock arms and take next steps in this life together.

In conclusion, Celebrate Recovery is a beacon of hope for those seeking healing and transformation in the midst of life's struggles. It offers acceptance, support, and a structured path toward recovery, all within the context of a caring community. Whether you're battling addiction, trauma, or any other challenges, Celebrate Recovery can be a guiding light on your path to healing and hope.

* Share *

Share your own experiences with Celebrate Recovery or any insights you've gained from similar programs in the comments below. Let's create a supportive community where we can celebrate the journey of recovery and inspire others to find hope and healing too.

Shine Bright, April Adams ​9.21.2023

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