Sonya Chapman is thankful to Celebrate Recovery for giving her back her life. The Georgia woman was a recovering alcoholic and self-mutilator, who had attended other programs before finding Celebrate Recovery.
“I wanted something that was Christ-based, but couldn’t find anything,” said Chapman.
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered weekly recovery program that helps anyone struggling with an addiction. The program was started 14 years ago by Saddleback Church in California to celebrate the healing power and love of Jesus Christ.
The program was started in Cherokee County, Georgia in 2009 by Pete and Linda Thomas. Pete Thomas is Celebrate Recovery’s ministry director and he said meetings in the county average about 150 people each week. Thomas conducts the meetings at Towne Lake Community Church, but the program has begun at Scott Mill Chapel at Canton Adventist Church. When the program started in Towne Lake, it had about 30 people. Thomas anticipates at least 50 people will attend Scott Mill Chapel’s first meetings.
Todd Leonard is the pastor at Canton Adventist, and believes the program will be beneficial to the community. The program will meet the needs of those who are “skeptical of traditional means of therapy” or for people who cannot afford a traditional treatment program. Celebrate Recovery focuses on Christ and on personal responsibility. The meetings are free and everyone who attends shares a meal. The program is popular because they find Jesus at the time they need Him most.
Chapman said the program helped her understand that her failure do not have to define her life.
“You can still make mistakes, but God still loves you. Celebrate Recovery helps you know that people love and want to help you.”