What is Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery is a Biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.  It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory.  26 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits, hang-ups or any other life controlling issue by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process based on Biblical principles.

Who needs celebrate recovery?

In a word:  EVERYONE.

Everyone needs recovery from something – we all struggle with a hurt that has wounded us deeply, or a sinful habit or a hang-up, or any other life controlling issue that keeps us from living the abundant life God intended for us.  For many of us, these struggles become life-dominating addictions and compulsions that destroy relationships with others, careers, but most of all, they diminish our relationship with the Lord.


The truth is, though, recovery can be hard.  But the good news is that God never intended us to go through recovery alone.

At Celebrate Recovery, we can find other people – some in the same place that we are – struggling with the same issues – and we don’t feel so alone.  We also find people who are further down their road of recovery and we see the freedom they experience and we are able to have hope for our own recovery.

Having a group a solid group of people around us as we walk down the road of recovery can make all the difference.  But that most important thing that CR provides that sets it apart from any other 12 step program is that Celebrate Recovery openly acknowledges and celebrates the fact that freedom and victory from our life dominating addictions and compulsions comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

If you would like more information, you can email our Celebrate Recovery Program Coordinator HERE