Celebrate Recovery “really demystified addiction and made it okay to talk about,” he said.
Many of the hundreds of thousands of participants in the program continue to give back. The final principle of Celebrate Recovery prompts them to “yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others.”
“This program is not something that you complete and then all of sudden, ‘Hey, I’m better. See ya,’” Baker said. “They’re always there to help somebody if they’re struggling. They know that it worked for them, and that’s the greatest story they have.”
After attending a regional Celebrate Recovery summit two years ago, Matt Coker launched his humor and healing site The Back Row to offer people in recovery encouragement beyond weekly meetings.
Coker, who calls himself “a grateful believer in Jesus Christ who struggles with pornography, overeating, depression, and co-dependency,” curates devotionals, humor pieces, and podcast discussions around recovery for Christians.
“The truth is, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone in any church whose life, marriage, or faith isn't hindered by some kind of habit, hang-up, or past hurt,” he told CT by email. “We need to start talking about these very common struggles much more. It's not enough to just condemn pornography (or whatever else) from the pulpit. You need to help those ensnared by it, give people a better way. Celebrate Recovery does that.”