Celebrate Recovery is a Christian twelve-step program designed to facilitate recovery from a wide variety of “hurts, habits, and hang-ups” including but not exclusive to high anxiety; co-dependency; compulsive behaviors; sex addiction; financial dysfunction; drug and alcohol addictions; and eating disorders. Celebrate Recovery uses both the 12 steps developed by Alcoholics Anonymous and a set of eight principles based on Jesus’ Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3-12. In addition to large group gatherings and individual mentoring, Celebrate Recovery encourages participants to form a small group of “Accountability Partners” whom all have the same problem and support one another closely. Celebrate Recovery groups are held under the management of local church organizations with an open, Christ-like desire to help all those who find themselves being “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Celebrate Recovery 12 Steps and Biblical Comparisons

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, 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
  2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
    • For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
  3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills 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
  4. We 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
  5. We 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 5:16a NIV
  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. James 4:10 NIV
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
    • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NIV
  8. We 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
  9. We 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 has something against you, leave your gift 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
  10. We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted

    • So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t 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 power to carry that out.
    • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16a NIV
  12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try 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 them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1 NIV

Celebrate Recovery’s Eight Recovery Principles

The Road to Recovery Based on the Beatitudes

  1. Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
    • (Step 1) “Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3a TEV
  2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover.
    • (Step 2) “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 TEV, NIV
  3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
    • (Step 3) “Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5a TEV
  4. Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
    • (Steps 4 and 5) “Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8a TEV
  5. Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
    • (Steps 6 and 7) “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires” Matthew 5:6a TEV
  6. Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for
    harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others.

    • (Steps 8 and 9) “Happy are the merciful.” Matthew 5:7a TEV; “Happy are the peacemakers” Matthew 5:9 TEV
  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.

    • (Steps 10 and 11)
  8. Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words.
    • (Step 12) “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10 TEV


Brian Greene

Brian started off his career working in various roles in the finance industry. When his wife, Amanda, decided to retire from the Army after twenty years of service, the two examined what they wanted to do for their second act in their lives. Brian decided that he wanted to pursue a calling to serve God’s Kingdom. He is currently in his final semester of the Master of Divinity – Pastoral Counseling program at Liberty University. Brian holds Bachelor’s degrees in German Literature and Addiction Counseling, as well as Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Theological Studies. He is currently working as one of the church’s interns as part of his graduation program. Brian has a passion for helping bring the hope of Christ to those that are struggling with addiction-related issues. He currently lives in the River Market where he enjoys hanging out and reading books with his wife, Amanda, and their dog, Peggy.

For more information, contact Brian at bgreene@newlifekc.org or (816) 945-9722.