Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery

A Place for You!

If you or someone you love is struggling with hurts, hang-ups, habits or addictions, Celebrate Recovery is for you. We offer a Christ-centered recovery ministry in a warm and loving environment. Join us on Mondays at 7 pm at Church of the Redeemer, 19425 Woodfield Road, Gaithersburg MD 20879.

Share groups for men & women

Share Groups are held each week after our Large Group lesson. These groups provide a safe place to share and receive support as you work toward healing from chemical dependency, co-dependency, sexual addiction or other life issues. For more information and to join a group, please call 240-238-1555 or email .


Healing Resolutions (video)

Twelve Steps to Recovery
  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
    And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. - Romans 7:18
  2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
    For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. - Philippians 2:13
  3. We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
    And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. - Romans 12:1
  4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
    Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord. - Lamentations 3:40
  5. We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. - James 5:16
  6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. - James 4:10
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
    But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. - 1 John 1:9
  8. We made a list of all the persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
    Do to others as you would like them to do to you. - Luke 6:31
  9. We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. - Matthew 5:23-24
  10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admit it.
    If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. - 1 Corinthians 10:12
  11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out.
    Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. - Colossians 3:16
  12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
    Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. - Galatians 6:1
Eight Biblical Principles

The Celebrate Recovery curriculum is based on the following eight principles that come from Jesus' Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-10 and the Christ-centered twelve steps.

Eight Principles Based on the Beatitudes - By Pastor Rick Warren

The word RECOVERY is the foundation for the following acrostic and the eight principles we encourage participants to commit to.

  1. Realize I'm not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendencies to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.”
  2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
  3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control. “Happy are the meek.”
  4. Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. “Happy are the pure in heart.”
  5. Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask him to remove my character defects. “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.”
  6. Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I've done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others. “Happy are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers.”
  7. 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 to gain the power to follow His will.
  8. Yield myself to God to be used to bring this good news to others, both by my example and by my words. “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I need Celebrate Recovery?

If you struggle with any of the following, Celebrate Recovery can help you find hope and healing: chronic use of chemical substances, alcohol, food, sex, or relationships; depression; anger; co-dependency; shame; or anything else that gets in the way of you being all that God has called you to be.

Who leads the groups?

Our group leaders are compassionate volunteers who have struggled with their own hurts, hang-ups, habits or addictions and have found hope and healing through Celebrate Recovery. Each leader has worked through the curriculum and has maintained at least one year of abstinence and/or sobriety.

How does the Celebrate Recovery program differ from Alcoholics Anonymous?

Although Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step ministry, we outwardly proclaim that Jesus Christ is our “higher power,” and we firmly believe and depend upon the miracle-working power of the Lord Jesus Christ in the process of recovery.

Can a person overcome an addiction or behavior that they have struggled with for many years?

We believe the answer is a resounding YES! Through prayer, the penetrating work of the Holy Spirit, a commitment to change, a system of accountability, and the surrender of our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ, we can be free of any addiction, addictive behavior, hurt, hang-up or habit.

What if my struggles are not related to alcohol or substance abuse?

We believe the principles used in Celebrate Recovery are helpful for all types of addictive behaviors and anything in our lives that keeps us from being the men and women that God has called us to be.

I myself am not addicted but have been deeply hurt and affected by my spouse's addictions. Can you help me?

Absolutely. Addiction has an impact on the entire family. Celebrate Recovery is a ministry for the whole family and offers small groups that address a variety of issues for men and women that will provide support and a safe place to deal with the hurt and pain in your life.

I am too embarrassed to let someone know what I am struggling with. Can I just come and sit quietly?

We will do nothing to intentionally embarrass you or shame you. We trust the safe and caring atmosphere of the group will encourage you to share your hurts. We believe that we are changed as we share our experience, strength and hope with others.

Will I need to find a sponsor in the group?

Yes. We also encourage individuals to establish a team of accountability people – people who can walk with you in the process, holding you accountable for different aspects of your recovery.

Does Celebrate Recovery offer in-depth counseling or clinical therapy?

Although each of our group leaders has a caring heart, they are not equipped to offer in-depth counseling or clinical therapy. In the event this type of treatment is necessary, we would be happy to refer you to a qualified Christian professional.

Do you have childcare available?

We offer a great ministry designed for your children from birth through 6th grade, called Celebrate Kids. The Celebrate Kids curriculum—Celebration Station—is a compliment to the adult curriculum and teaches kids how to deal with the hurts and disappointments in their lives.

Do I need to belong to Church of the Redeemer to join the group?

You are welcome at Celebrate Recovery no matter what church affiliation you may have. If you do not have a home church, we welcome you to join us during any of our worship services.

Are there other Celebrate Recovery meetings in the area that I can attend?

Yes. For a complete list of ongoing meetings, please check the Celebrate Recovery website at Saddleback Church or pick up a copy of our “Other Meetings” document at Celebrate Recovery on Friday night.

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