Frequently Asked Questions

What is Recovery?

In physical health, recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, habits and hang-ups are like an illness and using the Celebrate Recovery tools we begin to move toward wholeness of mind, body & spirit.

Is Celebrate Recovery for me?

Celebrate Recovery offers anyone and everyone a safe place to take off our masks and be real about what is going on in our lives. And with God’s help and nudging we have the courage to ask ourselves:

  • Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others?
  • Is there something I wish I could live without?
  • Is it time to set aside my denial and admit I am not in control of my life?
  • Do I have a painful habit or hang-up from which I need to be freed?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Celebrate Recovery is absolutely the best place for you to spend your Monday nights. Check out our “Am I …” page to see some potential issues you might be struggling with.

Does it cost anything to attend?

We do not charge for this ministry! We accept donations from those who are able, but will always maintain that if you need a resource that we have and cannot afford it, we want you to take it with no strings attached.

What is a Hurt, Habit or Hang-up?

A hurt, habit, or hang-up is anything that hinders your walk with God.

  • Hurt: The feeling/emotional reaction to another person’s behavior or to a traumatic or disturbing situation (abuse, abandonment, divorce, relationship problems, relational addiction, codependency etc.)
  • Habit: Addiction to someone or something (alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gambling, stealing, smoking, pornography etc.)
  • Hang-up: Negative mental attitudes that are used IN AN ATTEMPT to cope with people or adversity (anger, depression, resentment etc.)

Do I have to share?

In our open share groups, absolutely not… until you are ready. You can pass or remain quiet any time you wish and for as long as it takes for you to become comfortable in the group. In Step Studies (covered later in this page) everyone is required to share as the questions are asked.

Is Celebrate Recovery confidential?

Yes! Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality and anonymity in all of our groups. Our guidelines/rules protect us all from judgment or being “fixed.” This promotes an atmosphere of safety and trust which enables our recovery. WHAT HAPPENS ON MONDAY NIGHTS STAYS ON MONDAY NIGHTS!

What is the difference between AA, NA, and Celebrate Recovery?

The principle difference between AA, NA, (and other twelve step programs) and Celebrate Recovery is that CR admits that Jesus Christ is our Higher Power and we use God’s Word as the authority in relation to the 12 Steps. In order to reach people who would be offended by Jesus or the church, AA, NA, and other twelve step programs focus on a Higher Power. But CR’s 8 Recovery Principles tie the twelve steps to Jesus Christ’s teachings known as the beatitudes given in the Sermon on the Mount.

Do I have to be a member of the Brighton Nazarene Church to attend?

No, Celebrate Recovery is a ministry for anyone who is interested in recovering from their hurts, habits, and hang-ups. We have attendees who are not members, attend another church, or do not attend church at all. Everyone, no matter what they believe in, is loved, welcomed and accepted at Celebrate Recovery.

What if I can’t make it every week?

You are welcome to come whenever and how often you can. As with any program however, the more effort you put into Celebrate Recovery, the more you will benefit from what the program has to offer. The only exception is Step Studies (covered below), and those you are expected to attend each week until you complete it.

What is a Step Study?

Step Studies take place on another night other than Mondays. They are a personal journey through each of the twelve steps in a confidential group led by a facilitator who has completed a step study. We use Celebrate Recovery’s four participant workbooks. When you finish the study you will have worked through whatever hurt, habit, or hang-up that was pressing on you using the twelve steps. A step study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. It can take anywhere from six to twelve months to complete. Upon completion we hope and pray that you might be willing to give back in some form of service to the ministry. We advertise for several weeks when a step study is preparing to start and will keep the group open until the first participant workbook is completed.

What do I have to lose?

Just the chains that bind you: anger, codependency, depression, grief, shame, guilt, compulsive behaviors, fear, etc…