PO Box 311 Princeton, KY 42445 

Celebrate Recovery Inside is the prison and jail expression of Celebrate Recovery, a program of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California. CRI encourages fellowship and celebrates Christ’s healing power in the lives of people as they work their way along the road to recovery. Lives are changed as experiences, strengths, and hopes are shared with one another. In addition, individuals become willing to accept God’s grace and forgiveness in solving life’s problems.

Many anonymous programs provide help for a single issue:  alcoholism, drug addictions, gambling, overeating, etc. Celebrate Recovery deals with the whole person, every kind of issue that keeps people from being who God created them to be. One may have an alcohol and drug addiction as well as struggle with sexual addiction, difficulty in overcoming a history of physical or sexual abuse, or anger and co-dependency issues all at the same time.

By working through the principles, participants grow spiritually and are free from their hurts, hang-ups, and addictive habits. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with others and the personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power, Jesus Christ.

Since 1991, Celebrate Recovery has grown from one group at Saddleback Church to thousands of churches worldwide. In 1998, Crossings, a faith based prison program in New Mexico, began to use Celebrate Recovery at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces. From there, the program quickly multiplied to prisons and jails across the United States and other countries. There are individual institutions and entire corrections departments that have implemented the program.

Those who direct recovery programming have utilized Celebrate Recovery as one of various treatment curriculums offered in their substance abuse programs, activation of faith-based housing units, or simply use CR as part of a prison chapel ministry program. Chaplains may be open to starting CRI, but are often reluctant to initiate CRI due to their existing workload.

Prison and jail officials who consider CRI as a viable program are encouraged to attend a well-established CR in their community to assess the program’s effectiveness first hand. In addition, it provides a means to meet potential CR volunteers who can facilitate the program.

Celebrate Recovery Inside provides a natural transition from the institution back to the community. Many churches and communities have weekly Celebrate Recovery meetings and are readily available for those reentering society. There is also opportunity for the family of the incarcerated person to receive help as they become involved in Celebrate Recovery at the local level during and after their loved one’s incarceration.

Celebrate Recovery Inside ministry consists of weekly meetings lasting two hours. The 12-step scriptural-based coursed teaches accountability, forgiveness, grace, and the love of Christ. There are three graduation celebration opportunities. The first is at a pivotal point in the 12 steps, the eight-week foundation course, which is celebrated with a certificate. The second is the 12-step completion, which is celebrated with a certificate and a Celebrate Recovery Study Bible. Thirdly, one year from the 12-step completion, the participant will receive a one-year accountability certificate and a Celebrate Recovery Journal.

Every three weeks, there is a praise and worship night where a worship band and a guest speaker shares either a message or testimony. The praise and worship night is open to the entire population and helps introduce the CRI program to those offenders who may not realize the class is offered within the facility.

When the offender fully surrenders to the calling God has on their life and they learn the steps on how to release the strongholds and generational curses on their lives, they begin to live freely, joyfully, and in the power of Jesus Christ. Lives are changed through Celebrate Recovery Inside and outside and God gets all of the honor and glory. 

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