6OYS: Celebrate Recovery – faith-based addiction treatment

6OYS: Celebrate Recovery – faith-based addiction treatment


A FAITH-BASED PROGRAM THAT ADDRESSES ADDICTIONS AND DISFUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR IS REACHING MANY PEOPLE IN EAST TENNESSEE. BO: IT IS CALLED CELEBRATE RECOVERY. THE EMPHASIS IS ON HEALING. ON YOUR SIDE TONIGHT – CONSUMER REPORTER DON DARE SPENT SOME TIME AT ONE OF THE PROGRAMS WHERE UP TO 150 PEOPLE OR MORE ATTEND WEEKLY. SOMETIMES PEOPLE TURN TO FAITH WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE SEEMS TO HAVE FAILED. CHRISTIANITY PROVIDES A TOTAL LIFE COMMITMENT. THAT’S ALSO A TERM COUNSELING EXPERTS USE TO HELP THEIR CLIENTS OVERCOME ADDICTION. THE FAITH-BASED PROGRAM CELEBRATE RECOVERY STRIVES TO CHANGE A TROUBLED PERSON’S SOCIAL NETWORK WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDING A NON- JUDGMENTAL SUPPORT NETWORK. JOHN GARGIS SAYS: ALL RIGHT, LET’S HOOK UP FOR THESE LEADERS THE EVENING BEGINS WITH PRAYER. JOHN SAYS: LORD, WE’RE SO THANKFUL FOR TONIGHT. WE JUST PRAY LORD THE SAME PRAYER WE PRAY EVERY WEEK, THAT YOUR SPIRIT WILL MOVE TONIGHT. AND ALL GOD’S PEOPLE SAID, AMEN. RESPONSE: YES, THANK YOU AT FOUNTAIN CITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH THE CELEBRATE RECOVERY TEAM IS READY FOR THE 2 HOUR PROGRAM HELD EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT. SINGER SAYS: I’M STARTING WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR. FOR THE FIRST HOUR, THE PROGRAM IS FILLED WITH MUSIC. FOR MANY THE JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT BEGINS WITH WORSHIP IN THE CHURCH GYMNASIUM. A FOUNDING PRINCIPLE OF THE FAITH-BASED PROGRAM IS THAT THERE IS NO PROBLEM TOO GREAT OR SMALL FOR GOD AND THE BIBLE HOLDS THE KEY TO CHANGE. SETH CHARLES, CR MINISTRY LEADER: THERE IS A POWER GREATER THAN YOURSELF THAT CAN HELP YOU RECOVER AND HEAL YOUR HURTS. CELEBRATE RECOVERY MINISTRY LEADER SETH CHARLES WAS AT ONE TIME LOST HIMSELF. SETH CHARLES: WHAT I HAVE FOUND IN MY WALK OF MY LIFE IS THE PIECE THAT WAS MISSING. DARE: THE FAITH PART. SETH: THE FAITH PART. THE POWER OF CHRIST TO DO WHAT I COULD NOT DO FOR MYSELF. BEING ABLE TO SHARE YOUR HURTS, WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE, WITH OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE IN SIMILAR SITUATIONS AS YOU, THERE’S HEALING IN THAT. OPEN SHARE GROUPS ADDRESS DEPENDENCY ISSUES FOR MEN AND WOMEN. THERE ARE HALF A DOZEN GROUP MEETINGS WITH THE EMPHASIS ON HEALING HABITS, HANG UPS AND HURTS. SESSIONS ARE ALSO HELD OF SATURDAYS. TOM BALLARD: STEP ONE. WE ADMIT WE ARE POWERLESS OVER OUR ADDICTIONS. SENIOR PASTOR TOM BALLARD LEADS THE LARGE GROUP GATHERING THROUGH THE 12- STEP PROGRAM MODELED ON ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. CELEBRATE RECOVERY ADDS THE ELEMENT OF A CARING GOD TO HELP HEAL PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM THEIR ADDICTIONS OR ABUSE. DONNA: I RAN MY LIFE INTO THE GROUND LOOKING FOR AN ESCAPE FOR LIFE IN GENERAL. FILLED WITH DRUGS AND ANYTHING I COULD FINE TO TAKE THE PAIN AWAY. DENISE: I HAD GOTTEN TERRIBLY LOST IN ALCOHOLISM. I LOST EVERYTHING MY FAMILY, MY HOME, MY JOB EVERYTHING. THESE WOMEN PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM AT ONE TIME AND NOW COUNSEL NEWCOMERS. JOY: IT HAS HELPED ME SEE PEOPLE WITH ADDICTION IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT. IT’S ALSO HELPED ME PARENT MY CHILDREN TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY AND HELP ME LEAD THEM TO GOD. DARE: HAVE YOU RECONCILED WITH YOUR FAMILY? DENISE: YES. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM I HAVE LEARNED TO LOVE MYSELF AGAIN. I HAVE RECONCILED MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY FAMILY WITH THE LORD. JOHN GARGIS, ASSOCIATE PASTOR: IT’S NOT WHAT YOU DO, IT’S WHY YOU DO WHAT YOU DO. ASSOCIATE PASTOR JOHN GARGIS ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO PUT THEIR TRUST IN A HIGHER POWER THROUGH A BRIEF WEEKLY MESSAGE. JOHN GARGIS: HEAR THIS. IF YOU DO THE WORK IN THIS PROGRAM, THOSE THINGS I JUST READ THAT YOUR ARE FIGHTING WILL BECOME YOUR TESTIMONY. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. DURING THE SECOND HOUR, EVERYONE MOVES TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL GENDER-SPECIFIC GROUP SESSIONS WHERE THEY WILL SHARE THEIR STRUGGLES AND JOYS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THE FEAR OF BEING JUDGED IS NOT A PART OF CELEBRATE RECOVERY. FOR MANY THERE’S A PEACE THEY DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE. DENISE: I AM ECSTATIC I AM HERE. MY LIFE IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT TODAY. THERE IS HOPE WHEN I GET OUT OF BED. THERE IS A PURPOSE TODAY. THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR, THERE IS A WAY OUT. THOUSANDS HAVE FOUND IT THROUGH CELEBRATE RECOVER AT VARIOUS CHURCHES AROUND EAST TENNESSEE. IN FOUNTAIN CITY, DON DARE, WATE, 6 ON YOUR SIDE. KRISTIN: BO: IF YOU HAVE A CONSUMER QUESTION FOR DON — SEND HIM AN EMAIL AT D-DARE AT W-A-T-E DOT COM, OR CALL HIS SIX ON YOUR SIDE HOTLINE W-A-T-E DOT COM, OR CALL HIS SIX ON YOUR SIDE HOTLINE NUMBER AT 865- 633-5974. KRISTIN: AVENGERS ENDGAME – FINALLY KNOCKED OUT OF THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND.. BO: WHAT MOVIE HAS TAKEN ITS PLACE –

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