Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind.
Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.
Location & Time
400 Monmouth St
Gloucester City, NJ 08030
Men and women ages 18 and up are welcome to attend!
3:30 – 4:45pm Small group session including a time of music and then a teaching or a testimony
Unfortunately, child care is not available.
For more information about the history of Celebrate Recovery, click here.
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.
Twenty-six years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process. Celebrate Recovery has helped more than 21,000 people at Saddleback, attracting over 70% of its members from outside the church. Eighty-five percent of the people who go through the program stay with the church and nearly half serve as church volunteers.
A hurt, habit or hang-up is something in you or your life that hinders your walk with God and others.
The feeling of being hurt is an emotional reaction to another person’s behavior or to a disturbing situation.
(Abuse, abandonment, codependency, divorce, relationship issues, etc.)
A habit is an addiction to someone or something. (Alcoholism, drugs, food, gambling, sex, shopping, smoking, etc.)
Hang-ups are negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or adversity. (Anger, depression, fear, unforgiveness, etc.)
Is Celebrate Recovery for YOU?
The 12 Steps & Their Biblical Comparisons
- We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behavior. 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
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.“ For it is God who is at work in you to will and act according to His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13
- Made a decision to turn our life and our will 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
- 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
- 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 5:16 NIV
- 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
- Humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NIV
- 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
- 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 had something against you, leave your offering 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
- Continued 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 NIV
- 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
- Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried 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 him gently. But watch yourself, or you may also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 NIV
The Road to Recovery
8 Recovery Principles
- Realize I’m not God, I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.(Step 1)
- Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2)
- Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.(Step 3)
- Openly examine and confess my fault to God, to myself, and to another person whom I trust. (Step 4&5)
- Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life.(Step 6&7)
- Evaluate all my relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, without expecting any reward.(Steps 8&9)
- 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 gain the power to do it.(Steps 10&11)
- Yield myself to be used by God to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words. (Step 12)