Archive for Thursday, February 25, 2010

Addiction recovery program being developed at Eudora Baptist Church

February 25, 2010

Enoch Etter and Darren Howe talked last week about the Celebrate Recovery Program they are developing at Eudora Baptist Church.

The program could be ready in a little more than a month. For more information, call the Eudora Baptist Church at (785) 542-2734.

Church membership isn’t necessary and there is no cost.

Q: How did this program get started?

A: The program was started by Rick Warren (of California-based Saddleback Church), who had been going to AA meetings for a while and saw the benefit of going to those meetings, but also saw things it could do differently.

Q: What is the structure of each meeting?

A: It starts with about 15 to 20 minutes of contemporary Christian worship music. Then, there’s either a lesson taught using the literature — which is scripture-based — or someone gives their testimony. People then talk about the part of the previous activity they related to. Then, you go into smaller “Step Study” groups and the men and women are separated to prevent any distractions. The meetings last about two hours total.

Q: What should people expect to experience at these meetings?

A:They can expect a place where people can openly share their experiences without being judged and they’ll find that most people are dealing with an issue that is affecting their life in a similar way. It’s not counseling, it’s not therapy or even giving people advice and telling them what to do. The intention is to grow in Christ and find a possible turning point in their life.

Celebrate Recovery is for anything, any addiction you can think of. It’s all about getting over your hurts and your hang-ups and being able to stop doing things we wish we could stop but can’t.

Q: How important is the trust developed between your peers in the program?

A: The trust part of it is extremely important. It’s important for people to be able to come here and know they won’t be judged.

Q: What effect has it had on your life?

A: I don’t know anyone who has gone through it without the Lord doing something in their life, and you really get out of it what you put into it. It’s a serious commitment, but it’s for a good reason .

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