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Celebrate Recovery (CR) began in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. At that time the church was meeting at a high school gymnasium.

After John Baker was unable to share openly about Jesus Christ in his secular recovery meetings and was uncomfortable sharing about his struggle with alcohol in his men’s Bible study, John wrote Pastor Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life, Pastor of Saddleback Church) the now famous concise 13-page single space letter outlining the vision God had given him for Celebrate Recovery. Pastor Rick said, “Great John, do it.” Based on the Beatitudes, the Christ-centered recovery program was then written by Pastor Rick Warren and John Baker.

The aim of the program is to help anyone seeking recovery from any number of life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups. What began at one local church has spread to more than 28,000 churches around the globe including 38 countries, and it has been translated into 28 languages!

One of the many things that set Celebrate Recovery apart from others recovery programs is its broad scope. It’s not just for those with alcohol and drug problems. In fact, only 1⁄3of those who attend CR are dealing with chemical dependencies.

As Pastor Rick Warren says, “We all have sinned, we’ve all fallen short, we’ve all been hurt, and we’ve all hurt others. Everybody needs recovery.”

All of life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups are addressed through this one curriculum. Celebrate Recovery is designed to help with numerous recovery areas, such as Adult Children of the Addicted, Chemically Addiction, Codependency, Eating Disorders, Financial Recovery, Love & Relationship Addiction, Sexual Addiction, Food Addiction, Same Sex Attraction, Sexual/Physical/Verbal/Emotional Abuse, Gambling, Anger, Control, People Pleasing, and much more.