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Why Our Sober Living Home Embraces Celebrate Recovery

When it comes to Christian recovery programs, there is perhaps none trusted more than Celebrate Recovery. This program, founded in 1990 by Pastors John Baker and Rick Warren of the well-known Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, was established because the pastors felt that Alcoholics Anonymous was too vague when it came to who God is; is He really just a “Higher Power?” That’s what secular recovery programs would have you believe. Celebrate Recovery actually acknowledges who God is, and it is (as stated on its website and in its doctrine) based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. It is designed to demonstrate the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process.

Celebrate Recovery now has more than 20,000 churches worldwide that officially participate in its program. Other institutions, such as Christian sober living homes like ours, also embrace its principles and curriculum. Rather than 12 steps, the Celebrate Recovery program uses eight Recovery Principles that are based on Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. It has been praised by U.S. Presidents, faith leaders in and out of evangelical Christianity, and even addiction recovery specialists.

That’s why we’re proud to offer it at Homes of Promise, as part of the comprehensive addiction recovery support program in our sober living homes. We also ask our residents to attend 12 step meetings, obtain a sober friend and have an official sponsor – mostly because the more support you have, the better. But if there is one aspect of our program that we are especially proud of, it’s that we offer the support of Celebrate Recovery.

To learn more about our use of the Celebrate Recovery program, contact Homes of Promise today. We will be glad to answer your questions. 



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