January 26, 2017
In the midst of active addiction, it is a hard and treacherous journey out of addiction to treatment and Celebrate Recovery (CR). It is widely known in the United States and across the world that the fellowships of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) have been able to help millions of people to get clean and sober off any mood and mind altering substance that is harming themselves and others.
These programs have been known to change people’s lives for the better. But what’s the difference between Christian-based Celebrate Recovery and an anonymous program? How does one know which one is right for them?
Celebrate Recovery is a biblical ministry program that provides support and guidance using their own Christian-based version of the 12 steps. One of the main distinctions from the fellowships of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous is that CR refers to Jesus Christ as the sole higher power rather than a higher power of one’s own understanding. CR emphasizes that Jesus Christ is the only true path to God, which works for a number of people seeking recovery.
The founder, John Baker, started this ministry born out of the Saddleback Church, which—during the past 23 years—has about 27,000 people who have gone through the program. CR was started with the help of Rick Warren, an American evangelical Christian pastor and author. With the help of the 12 steps revised to accommodate to the Christian church, this recovery program also has a list of eight principles that are said to be CR’s “road to recovery based on the Beatitudes,” the nine blessings recounted in the Gospel of Matthew.
AA or NA? Is Celebrate Recovery for Me?
The main distinction between AA and NA is that in the first step it states that AA’s members are powerless over alcohol while NA states that members are powerless over addiction. With these two fellowships, members get to choose what their higher power is since it is a higher power of their “own understanding,” which is referred to in the steps as God, but it does not have to be a deity.
Whether it be an Abrahamic God, Buddha, energy, the law of attraction, nature, doing the next right thing or simply a group of drug addicts and/or alcoholics—the fellowship itself—all of these definitions of a higher power fit the mold with these two groups. As long as it is a benevolent power greater than one’s self, it is perfectly viable.
The great thing about all three of these recovery programs is that they are places that those struggling with addiction can go to get sober and clean and establish new life habits/behaviors that are more beneficial to one’s life of using/abusing mood and mind-altering substances. By turning over one’s character defects—the very behaviors that trap one in addiction to begin with—one can be free of the jails, institutions, and possible death that addiction leads to.
The best part is it’s wherever you or your loved one identifies and feels the most comfortable. One does not have to be an alcoholic or solely use alcohol to be a member of AA and vice versa. The best thing to do is to explore each fellowship and see where one feels like they will get the most benefits from. The most important part is to try and persevere, and recovery is then possible.
Need Help with an Addiction Problem?
Are you or your loved one struggling to drop the drugs and escape addiction? Here at Ocean Breeze Recovery, we not only offer multiple programs to help with addiction at our facility, but we also have a Christian recovery tract as well as a non-faith based program available to all of our clients. There are so many opportunities once a decision is made to free one’s self from active addiction and we can help you get here.
To have your questions answered and to help you or your loved one out of the deadly grips of addiction, call our group of drug and alcohol specialists 24-7 at 855-960-5341 today.