Join Us on Fridays at Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene at 5:30pm

Celebrate Recovery is open to ANYONE at ANYTIME

Welcome to Celebrate Recovery
at Leavenworth Nazarene

We are excited that you found us!   Celebrate Recovery at LCN is a group focused on helping you overcome your addictions, compulsive behaviors, struggling relationships, and other hurts, hangups, or habits.   We are a place were you are accepted for who you are, just as you are, without judgement about your past.  No mater what your parents said to you, no matter what your spouse has said to you, no matter what your family has said to you, not matter what your children, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or even yourself have said to you, this is a place where we live out recovery together in an environment of grace, hope, and recovery.    You don't have to do it alone, we are all here to walk through life together, living out acceptance and learning how to apply the tools that Celebrate Recovery provides us to restore our lives back to a healthy state.  If you suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, eating disorders, co-dependency issues, gambling, sexual additions, anger, control, fear, anxiety, abandonment issues, rejection, depression, online addictions, pornography, relationship issues,  abusive relationships, or suffer from mental health issues, we can help and its all free and we welcome you with open arms.
Come join us.  Newcomers are always welcome.  We hope to see you on Friday night at 5:30pm for dinner and fellowship and 6:15pm for our general meeting.

Purpose Statement

To help people find freedom from hurts, habits and hang-ups including addictions, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. The purpose of LCN's Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate God´s healing power in our lives through the "8 Recovery Principles" within the 12-step program.  This experience allows us to "be changed."  We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God´s grace in solving our lives´ problems. By working and applying these Biblical principles, 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 program we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power - Jesus Christ, the one and only true Higher Power.
1. Celebrate Recovery is based on God’s Word.
When Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, he began by stating “Eight Ways to Be Happy.” Today we call them the Beatitudes.
From a conventional viewpoint, his statements didn’t make a lot of sense. They sounded like contradictions. But once you fully understand what Jesus was saying, you realize these eight principles are God’s road to recovery, wholeness, growth, and spiritual maturity.

2. Celebrate Recovery is forward-looking.
Rather than wallowing in the past, or dredging up and rehearsing painful memories over and over, Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future. Regardless of what has already happened, the solution is to start making wise choices now and depend on Christ’s power to help you make those changes.

3. Celebrate Recovery emphasizes personal responsibility.
Instead of playing the “accuse and excuse” game of victimization, Celebrate Recovery helps people face up to their own poor choices and deal with what they can do something about. We cannot control all that happens to us, but we can control our responses. That is a secret of happiness!
When we stop wasting time fixing blame, we have more energy to fix the problem. When we stop hiding our own faults and stop hurling accusations at others, then the healing power of Christ can begin working in our minds, wills, and emotions.

4. Celebrate Recovery emphasizes spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ.
The third “step” of CR calls for people to make a total surrender of their lives to Christ. Lasting recovery cannot happen without this step. Everybody needs Jesus.
Celebrate Recovery is thoroughly evangelistic in nature.

Today, nearly 75 percent of the people who’ve been through Celebrate Recovery have come from outside the church. Changed lives always attract others who want to be changed.

5. Celebrate Recovery is built on the biblical principles of real community.
It is fellowship-focused, not individual-focused. We grow and get better together. It’s built around small group interaction and the support of a caring community.
There are many therapies, counseling, and growth programs today that are built around one-on-one interaction. But we don’t get well by ourselves. We need each other. Fellowship and accountability are two important components of spiritual growth.

6. Celebrate Recovery addresses all types of habits, hurts, and hang-ups.
Some recovery programs deal only with alcohol or drugs or another single problem. But Celebrate Recovery is a “large umbrella” program under which a limitless number of issues can be addressed. We have dozens of other specialized groups. For instance, we have groups for eating disorders, smoking addiction, sexual addictions, physical abuse, a veterans group for those dealing with post-traumatic stress, and all sorts of relational problems.

7. Celebrate Recovery moves members into ministry.
Because Celebrate Recovery is church-based, it produces a continuous stream of people moving into ministry after they’ve found recovery in Christ. This is because the final step of recovery is to help others. You’re not recovered until you’ve stopped focusing on yourself and moved into Christlike servanthood.

Common Issues

At Celebrate Recovery we help people overcome all of their hurts, hang-ups, and habits.  What is a Hurt, Habit or Hang-up?

  • A hurt, habit or hang-up is something in you or your life that hinders your walk with God and others.
  • The feeling of being hurt is an emotional reaction to another person’s behavior or to a disturbing situation.  (Abuse, abandonment, codependency, divorce, relationship issues, etc.)
  • A habit is an addiction to someone or something. (Alcoholism, drugs, food, gambling, sex, shopping, smoking, etc.)
  • Hang-ups are negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or adversity. (Anger, depression, fear, unforgiveness, etc.)

These life problems can be stumbling blocks or stepping stones. Below is a list of some of the areas where we focus.   Click the read more link for a full description and a downloadable brochure for that specific issue.    If your issue isn't listed below we still have a process for helping you overcome.

Adult Children of Family Dysfunction

Do you feel isolated, uneasy with other people, especially authority figures? Are you a people pleaser, even though, to protect yourself, you lose your own identity in the process?
We have become alcoholics ourselves, or married them, or both. Failing that, we found another compulsive personality, such as a workaholic, to fulfill our sick need for abandonment.

Love and Relationship Addiction

This group provides a safe place to deal with the depression, isolation, lack of trust, and the unhealthy use of love and relationships as means of achieving worth, that are characteristic of Romance and Relationship Addictions.

Co-Dependent Women In A Relationship With A Sexually Addicted Man

Many of us blame ourselves for the addict’s behavior: We tell ourselves, “If only I were more attractive, thinner, taller, shorter, etc.—if only I were more sexual.”
We give in to others’ behaviors, only to lose ourselves in the process. Sometimes, we have even participated in their sexual fantasies, or joined in by buying pornography or renting videos, leaving us feeling used and abused. Some of us ignored or did not recognize the signs that the addict was living a secret life.

Food Addiction

  • Throughout our lives many of us have turned to food to ease our pain or fear.
  • We felt comfort in eating and found ourselves turning to food whenever we were hurt, angry, or frustrated.
  • Food became our comforter, our friend.
  • Some of us may have one 
  • specific food that we have trouble eating in healthy amounts, and once we start eating it, we cannot stop.
  • Some of us may have been emotionally, physically, or sexually abused and use food to cope with the emotions of those events.

Physical/Sexual and Emotional Abuse

Recovery is a two-fold process in this case. The first step is healing from the traumas done to us in our past, and the second step is healing from the influence these past experiences continue to have in our present lives.
(Most) Survivors of Physical / Sexual 
  • Are hesitant to identify themselves as victims of abuse.
  • Feel isolated, depressed, worthless, and helpless to change.
  • Are struggling with feelings about God in relation to their life experiences of abuse.
  • Condemn themselves, denying the past abuse affects their present circumstances.
  • Feel out of control and defeated in areas of compulsive behavior.
  • Feel angry, bitter, and rebellious; have trouble with authority figures.
  • Feel a lack of self-worth.

Chemical Dependency

When you are honest with yourself, do you find you cannot quit drinking or using drugs entirely? Do you have little control over the amount you consume? You are probably an alcoholic and/or an addict.

Definitions of Sobriety

The key to co-dependent sobriety is learning how to have healthy relationships and how to establish and enforce appropriate boundaries that we may accurately establish where we end and another person begins.

Freedom From Anger

Every person has a “Pattern of Toxic Behavior” that can significantly damage the important and intimate relationships in his or her life. Anger is one of our 10 basic, God-given emotions. This emotion can be CONSTRUCTIVE or DESTRUCTIVE — depending on our response. We should give Jesus a “NANO SECOND” (just one billionth of a second!) to help us learn to use all of our emotions according to God’s design for our lives, and to change our pattern of relating to others and our responsibilities appropriately.

Mental Health

A safe and loving place for those seeking to find support amid mental illness and dual diagnosis. Willing to support mental health through Christ-centered accountability and sponsorship.
A safe place to work through all of life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits. believing that freedom in Christ is something that can be complete even without physical healing.

Some Other Issues, But Not Limited To:

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Clutter
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Judgemental
  • Selfishness
  • Bitterness
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Self Harm
  • Perfectionism
  • Pride/Shame
  • Unforgiveness
  • Blame
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Materialism
  • Greed
  • Lying
  • Image Issues

Co-Dependency

In the broadest sense, co-dependency is when a person’s need for approval or validation from another person allows them to be controlled or manipulated. They are willing to compromise their own values, choices, and behavior at the expense of their personal well-being.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders involve extreme disturbances in eating behavior. An eating disorder can begin to reveal itself very early in life, and is no respecter of race, gender, or ethnicity. An eating disorder can be characterized as:
  • an excessive or compulsive consumption
  • and/or getting rid of food (purging)

Gambling Addiction

If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit gambling entirely, or if you have little control over the amount you bet, you are probably a compulsive gambler. A compulsive gambler is described as a person whose gambling has caused growing and continuing problems in any department of his or her life. If that is the case, you may be suffering from a problem which only a spiritual solution will conquer.

Sexual Addiction

Our sexual addiction issue began as an overpowering desire for pleasurable relief. We were running from an inner pain, loneliness, emptiness, or insecurity that we could not cope with in any other way. At first, it did provide the relief we sought. For a time, lust, pornography, or sex with ourselves or with others dissolved the tension. It relieved the depression, resolved the conflict, and provided the means to deal with or escape from life’s seemingly unbearable situations. Eventually, our search for relief became an addiction, and the addiction took on a life of its own.
Celebrate Recovery started in 1991  at Saddleback Church in California.

There are now 35,000 Celebrate Recovery churches around the world, and that number continues to grow.  We are part of a movement that is bringing the healing power of Jesus Christ to the hurting and broken.  To date, over 5 million individuals have completed the 12-Step study.

In addition, Celebrate Recovery is not just growing in churches, but in recovery houses, rescue missions, universities, and prisons around the world.

Contact Us

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