Celebrate Recovery – a commendation by a survivor of domestic abuse
One of our readers, Lynette D, has very kindly sent us this piece about Celebrate Recovery.
Celebrate Recovery is a group similar the AA and other who use the twelve steps for recovery. We also use eight biblical principles that correspond. We deal with all sorts of issues, such as codependency, drugs and alcohol, anger, food addiction, even spousal abuse. We call them our hurts, habits and hang ups. We learn that we are responsible for ourselves, our choices, and our recovery. We learn about forgiveness, that God can heal our issues, and about boundaries. We believe in consequence for our actions and it is good to have consequences for the actions of others. We learn that it is our job to keep our side of the street clean, and whatever someone chooses to do with that is up to them. For example, I had to forgive people for some hurts they caused. I did forgive them, but what they chose to do with it is on them, not me. So in the case of an abusive spouse, we encourage boundaries and safety, and consequences for the abuser. We don’t place blame on the victim.
Just for info, if people attend a CR and these things are not encouraged, it is not truly a CR program.