12-Step Fellowships, including resources like Celebrate Recovery, are very helpful for some of our graduates, especially in their first couple of years after graduation. As a Christ-centered program, Capstone uses the AA 12 Steps from a Christian perspective. The 12 Steps process follows the Beatitudes, beginning with “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Step 1), all the way to the Great Commission, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20). The 12 Steps are basically a Biblical way of looking at yourself in the mirror, seeing what needs to be different and then working on those changes with the support of a group of people who are in the same process – especially a good sponsor. The foundation of Capstone’s Core-Systems Model is “The truth will set you free,” which is also a foundational component in the 12 Steps. It’s like having a support group of mirrors that reflect the truth about each other. Building relationships is the most powerful way to heal and build a healthy brain –filling the same void that addiction fills, but in a beneficial way rather than a destructive one. Relationships also provide a foil: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). These two Biblical principles are vital to learning how to live well with an addiction.
In writing about Celebrate Recovery, Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church, shares some thoughts that are helpful in understanding the needs for this type of aftercare. Warren says:
“You’ve undoubtedly heard the expression that ‘time heals all wounds.’ Unfortunately, it isn’t true. As a pastor I frequently talk with people who are still carrying hurts from 30 or 40 years ago. The truth is – time often makes things worse. Wounds that are left untended fester and spread infection throughout your entire body. Time only extends the pain if the problem isn’t dealt with.”
“What we need is a biblical and balanced program to help people overcome their hurts, habits and hangups. Celebrate Recovery is that program. Based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory, our recovery program is unique, and more effective in helping people change than anything else I’ve seen or heard of. Over the years I’ve witnessed how the Holy Spirit has used this program to transform literally thousands of lives at Saddleback Church and help people grow toward full Christ-like maturity.”
Warren goes on to say that his own personal study of recovery in the scriptures showed him that the principles of recovery and their logical order were given by Jesus Christ during the Sermon on the Mount in the Beatitudes.
As a part of our aftercare program, Capstone encourages graduates to participate in Celebrate Recovery or another 12-Step Fellowship when it is a fit with that individual. While at Capstone, clients experience a 12-Step meeting three times per week, led by clients.