What is RECOVER, and Who is it For?

Willow Creek | August 4, 2022

What is Recover?

RECOVER is a Christ-centered 12-step program that believes Jesus is our Higher Power which is the one thing that differentiates us from a traditional 12-step program or AA. We believe Jesus leads to healing and hope. We do not and will not force our faith on anyone, regardless of their beliefs. 

We are currently working through Celebrate Recovery-based materials. All are welcome, no matter the issue or area of struggle. You might ask, “Is this the right place for me?” Regardless of the scope of struggle you face, you ARE in the right place, and you’re not alone. There is no judgment here because this is a space where we can all be vulnerable and transparent.  

What Can You Expect?

We meet most Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. in rooms B205/207 through the B parking lot entrance near the Chapel on the South Barrington campus. We will gather for a time in a large group, then split off into smaller groups, separated by men and women, to discuss the questions related to the large group topic. Groups are designed to be non-issue specific so people can relate in all areas. The key is that you are not alone in your struggle because you are surrounded by tablemates and leaders who are there to listen, support, and encourage you.  

Small Group Guidelines

1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Limit your sharing to three to five minutes.

2. There is NO cross talk. Cross talk is when two individuals engage in conversation, excluding all others. Each person is free to express their feelings without interruptions.

3. We are here to support one another, not “fix” one another.

4. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group. The only exception is when people threaten to injure themselves or others.

5. Offensive language has no place in a “Christ-centered” recovery group.

Thank you in advance for honoring these guidelines.

Things We ARE:
· A Christ-Centered community
· A safe place to share
· A place of belonging
· A place to care for others and be cared for
· A respectful environment
· 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

 Things We Are NOT:
· A place for selfish control
· 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

Areas of Struggle:
· Substance Abuse
· Sexual Integrity
· Eating Disorder
· Unhealthy Relationship with Food
· People Pleasing
· Codependency
· Perfectionism
· Fear/Anxiety
· Isolation
· Directly Affected (in a relationship with an addict)
· Relationally Affected (in a relationship with an abuser)

The Twelve Steps

Celebrate Recovery is what we base our curriculum on, here are the twelve steps we take everyone through on their recovery journey:

Step 1 We lack God’s power to resolve our addictions and compulsive

          behavior. Our lives are out of control.

Step 2 God has the power that can restore us to sanity. If we ask for his help.

Step 3 We decided to turn our minds and control of our lives over to the care of God.

Step 4 We began a searching inventory of our behavior in our lives.

Step 5 We admitted to ourselves, God, and a leader the exact nature of my addictions and out-of-control behavior.

Step 6 We are ready to release control of our lives to God, so he can use us to remove all our character defects. Through the Celebrate Recovery 12-Step program.

Step 7 We humbly asked God to remove all our bad habits.

Step 8 We made a list of all persons that we have hurt and became willing to apologize and ask for forgiveness for what we did. Do so without expectations.

Step 9 We made a direct apology to those we have hurt whenever possible, except when it would hurt them or others involved.

Step 10 We continue to take personal inventory and promptly admit our wrongs.

Step 11 We sought through prayer to improve our relationship with God. Praying for wisdom and knowledge to carry out his will for us.

Step 12 Having accepted Jesus Christ into our lives as the result of these steps we carry this message to others in and out of recovery.

If you would like to learn more, please visit the RECOVER page here.

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