Whatever you struggle with—meth or alcohol or gambling—whether it has been an hour or a year since you have used, this group exists to support you in your quest to live free of addiction and life-controlling problems. You will find a safe, encouraging place where real people are sharing real problems. They are relying on a real God to bring freedom. Don’t wait one more day to take your step toward freedom.
Meets 7:00 PM every Monday at 1280 Webster St. San Francisco
(Celebrate Recovery will resume starting February 27th)
Childcare is provided.
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Based on the Beatitudes from Pastor Rick Warren
Blessed are the poor in spirit… Matthew 5:3
Realize I am not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing, and that my life is unmanageable (Step One)
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted… Matthew 5:4
Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him, and that he has the power to help me recover. (Step Two)
Blessed are the meek… Matthew 5:5
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control (Step Three).
Blessed are the pure in heart… Matthew 5:8
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust (Steps Four and Five).
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness… Matthew 5:6
Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask him to remove my character defects (Steps Six and Seven).
Blessed are the merciful… Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the peacemakers… Matthew 5:9
Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I have done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others (Steps Eight and Nine).
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 Ten and Eleven).
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness… Matthew 5:10
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this good news to others, both by my example and by my words (Step Twelve).
The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and in the Christ centered 12 Steps. This experience allows us to be changed. We open the door by sharing our experiences, victories, and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems.
By working with Christ-centered steps and applying their biblical principles found in the Beatitudes, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.
As we progress through the principles and the steps, we discover our personal loving, and forgiving Higher Power—Jesus Christ.
Provide you a safe place to share your experiences, victories, and hopes with others who are going through a Christ-centered recovery.
Provide you with a leader who has gone through a similar hurt, hang-up, or habit, who will facilitate the group as it focuses on a particular principle each week. The leader will also follow Celebrate Recovery’s Five Small Group Guidelines.
Provide you the opportunity to find an accountability partner or sponsor.
Encourage you to attend other recovery meetings held throughout the week.
Attempt to offer any professional clinical advice. Our leaders are not counselors.
Allow its members to attempt to “fix” one another.
If, when you honestly want to, you find you can not quit drinking or using entirely, or if you have little control over the amount you consume, you are probably an alcoholic or an addict. If that is the case, you may be suffering from a problem which only a spiritual solution will conquer.
If you are as seriously alcoholic or addicted as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the- road solution. We were in the position where life was becoming impossible, and we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human resources. We had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other choice was to accept Jesus Christ as our Higher Power.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 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. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am. Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
By working through the eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes with Jesus Christ as your Higher Power, you can and will change! You will begin to experience the true peace and serenity you have been seeking, and you will no longer have to rely on your dysfunctional, compulsive and addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain.
By applying the biblical principles of conviction, conversion, surrender, confession, restitution, prayer, quiet time, witnessing and helping one another, which are found within the eight principles and Christ-centered 12 Steps, you will restore and develop stronger relationships with others and with God.
The Twelve Steps
Step One — We admit we are powerless over the past, and as a result our lives have become unmanageable.
Step Two — Believe God can restore us to wholeness, and realize this power can always be trusted to bring healing and wholeness into our lives.
Step Three — Make a decision to turn our lives and our wills to the care of God, realizing we have not always understood His unconditional love. Choose to believe He does love us, is worthy of trust, and will help us to understand Him as we seek His truth.
Step Four — Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves, realizing all wrongs can be forgiven. Renounce the lie that the abuse was our fault.
Step Five — Admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of the wrongs in our lives. This will include those acts perpetrated against us as well as those wrongs we perpetrated against others.
Step Six — By accepting God’s cleansing, we can renounce our shame. Now we are ready to have God remove all these character distortions and defects.
Step Seven — Humbly ask Him to remove our short comings, including our guilt. We release our fear and submit to Him.
Step Eight — Make a list of all persons who have harmed us and become willing to seek God’s help in forgiving our perpetrators, as well as forgiving ourselves. Realize we’ve also harmed others and become willing to make amends to them.
Step Nine — Extend forgiveness to ourselves and to others who have perpetrated against us, realizing this is an attitude of the heart, not always confrontation. Make direct amends, asking forgiveness from those people we have harmed, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step Ten — Continue to take personal inventory as new memories and issues surface. We continue to renounce our shame and guilt, but when we are wrong we promptly admit it.
Step Eleven — Continue to seek God through prayer and meditation to improve our understanding of His character. Praying for knowledge of His truth in our lives, His will for us, and for the power to carry that out.
Step Twelve — Having a spiritual awakening as we accept God’s love and healing through these steps, we try to carry His message of hope to others. Practice these principles a new memories and issues surface, claiming God’s promise of restoration and wholeness.
A safe place to share
A place of belonging
A place to care for others and be cared for
A place where respect is given to each member
A place where confidentiality is highly regarded
A place to learn
A place to grow and become strong again
A place where you can take off your mask
A place for healthy challenges and healthy risks
A possible turning point in your life
A place for selfish control
A place for therapy
A place for secrets
A place to look for dating relationships
A place to rescue or be rescued by others
A place for perfection
A place to judge others
A quick fix