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Celebrate Recovery offers rehabilitation with religious focus

Celebrate Recovery offers rehabilitation with religious focus

11:41 AM, May 24, 2013
An audience sings with a band May 9 during a Celebrate Recovery service at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa. Celebrate Recovery is a Bible-based 12-step program for addictive behaviors and abuse victims.
An audience sings with a band May 9 during a Celebrate Recovery service at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa. Celebrate Recovery is a Bible-based 12-step program for addictive behaviors and abuse victims.
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A 12-step program offered in 20,000 churches around the world adds religion to the mix to help heal people suffering from addiction and abuse.

The program addresses not just alcoholism and drug addiction, but codependency, depression, eating disorders, gambling, sexual addiction and sexual abuse. The topical groups vary by site.

The emphasis is on healing "hurts, hang-ups and habits," said John Baker, a pastor at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., who founded the program in 1990. Only 1 in 3 participants is dealing with chemical dependency. ...

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