Come join our Celebrate Recovery Meeting every Saturday evening at NewStart, 10141 N. County Road in Frisco!
6 – 7 pm Main Meeting
7 – 8 pm Small groups
8 – 9 pm Solid Rock Cafe
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Click below on the common issues that face our culture and see if you might benefit from Celebrate Recovery.
Anger is one of our ten (10) basic, God-given, emotions. This emotion can be CONSTRUCTIVE or DESTRUCTIVE – depending upon our response. The focus of this group is on giving Jesus a “NANO SECOND” (just one billionth of a second!) to help us use all of our emotions according to God’s design, for our lives, and to appropriately change our pattern of relating to others and our responsibilities. When most of us think of an “angry” person we think of someone who destroys themselves and their relationships through uncontrollable outbursts of rage. We usually picture someone who goes around slamming doors, yelling loudly, and making life miserable for everyone, including themselves. Yet this is only one part of anger, as anger has many faces. Equally as damaging and destructive is anger that is suppressed, or “stuffed,” as it will only continue to destructively influence our behaviors and attitudes. Ultimately, even suppressed anger erupts from deep within the heart.
Recognizing and accepting responsibility for toxic patterns of behavior is the first hurdle to overcome as one runs the race toward true freedom from anger. Walking through the recovery process with Jesus Christ as our Higher Power allows us to admit our powerlessness to control our anger, as well as trust that He will help us to overcome our destructive habits.Breaking the old patterns that have kept us locked into destructive behavior takes time. What took years to bring about will take some time to change. But with Jesus Christ as our Higher Power, and the willingness to allow Him to change our life, real freedom from anger is possible!(Adapted from “The Anger Workbook,” written by Dr. Les Carter and Dr. Frank Minirth
If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit drinking or drugs or even using entirely, or if you have little control over the amount you consume, you are probably an alcoholic or drug addict. If that is the case, you may be suffering from a problem that only a spiritual solution will conquer. Most chemically dependent persons are unable or unwilling to admit to themselves or to others that they are addicted. Yet, both you and your loved ones suffer as a result of your addiction.Chemical addiction can happen regardless of a person’s reputation, social standing, or religious beliefs. Most of us turned to chemicals for the purpose of numbing the pain in our lives. Others of us may have given into curiosity or were pressured socially, yet still became addicted despite our best efforts to stop. In the end, the chemicals we turned to for a solution actually became part of the problem.
By working through the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ as your Higher Power, you can and will change! You will begin to experience the true peace and serenity you have been seeking. You will be able to get sober and stay sober. You will not longer have to rely on your dysfunctional, compulsive, and addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain.Just like becoming addicted, recovery is a process. Be patient and keep coming back. It works if you work it! As our Higher Power. Law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” (NIV)
If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit overeating, bingeing/purging, or starving/exercising, you are probably suffering from an eating disorder. If that is the case you may be suffering from a problem that only a spiritual solution will conquer. Most people who cannot handle food and eating in a healthy way are unable or unwilling to admit to themselves or others that they are addicted. Yet both you and your loved one’s suffer as a result of your addiction. We live in a society that sends mixed messages. It urges us to “super-size” that meal and at the same time demands we be as thin as a model. In the midst of cultural insanity some of us became unable to handle food in a safe and healthy way. Some of us turned to food to numb the pain in our lives, while others have turned to food when it was our heart that was hungry. Many of us have found family pressures and food-messages from the past still affect us. Some of us have manipulated food in an attempt to control our lives. In the end, the food we sought to control actually controlled us and we became addicted.
By working through the Christ-centered 12 steps and the 8 recovery principles with Jesus as our Higher Power, we can and will change. We experience the true peace and serenity we have been seeking when we admit that we are powerless and when we give our lives and our wills over to the care of God. It is only when we become dependent on God for our happiness that we can stop seeking our love and fulfillment in our dysfunctional ways of eating. Here we learn a new way of living. We learn, at our own pace, how we can replace our old ways and gain a sane and healthy approach to food and eating. We learn to trust God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. As we take our focus of food and place it on our Higher Power we gain freedom from compulsive behaviors. As we become spiritually fit our health and body begin to recover. We discover that it is not about what we eat, but about what is eating us. This program gives us the tools to change. Those of us who have experienced life change through this program encourage you to keep coming back. It works, by God’s power, if you work it!
Our lust started as an overpowering desire for pleasurable relief from the inner pain, emptiness or insecurity with which we could not cope. At first, it worked. For a time, sex with ourselves or with others dissolved the tension, relieved the depression, resolved the conflict, and provided the means to deal with, or escape from, seemingly unbearable life situations. Eventually, our quest for relief became an addiction, and the addiction took on a life of its own. Pleasure and relief were gradually replaced with tension, depression, rage, guilt, and even physical distress. To relieve this new pain, we resorted to more sex and lust, losing more control in the process. We were driven to spend more time thinking about and carrying out our addiction, and lived in denial to avoid recognizing how much of our life our addiction controlled.Finally, our addiction came to take priority over everything: our ability to work, live in the real world, relate with others and be close to God. What started as the cure had become the sickness. The answer had become the problem. We were hopelessly addicted to lust.
A new loneliness overwhelmed us as we realized that we had become increasingly separated from God and our loved ones. We began to seek sobriety, and as we stayed sexually sober for some length of time, we discovered that even though we were not acting out our compulsion, our obsession was still with us. We began to recognize the many disguises the enemy uses to trick us into lusting. We leaned not to rely on our failed and weakened selves, but rather to turn to God’s pure love and absolute power. With increased reliance on God, we worked on recovery with altered attitudes and growing humility, and we gained progressive victory over lust. As we yielded to God, temptation began to lose its control over us. When we admitted we were powerless and gave our lives and wills over to God, He worked in us, and we began to enjoy a new balance in our lives. Leaning on and learning from others in the program, we continued to walk in His strength, gaining true freedom from lust and sin through obedience to Christ our Lord.
From the book Love is a Choice
“In its broadest sense, codependency can be defined as an addiction to people, behaviors, or things. Codependency is the fallacy of trying to control interior feelings by controlling people, things, and events on the outside. To the codependent, control or lack of it is central to every aspect of life. The codependent may be addicted to another person. In this interpersonal codependency, the codependent has become so elaborately enmeshed in the other person that the sense of self–personal identity–is severely restricted, crowded out by that other person’s identity and problems.Additionally, codependents can be like vacuum cleaners gone wild, drawing to themselves not just another person, but also chemicals (alcohol or drugs, primarily) or things–money, food, sexuality, work. They struggle relentlessly to fill the great emotional vacuum within themselves.” pp. 11-12 The codependent is driven by one or more compulsions, often worries about people or things he or she can’t change and usually tries to change them anyway, is certain his/her happiness hinges on others, is plagued by low self esteem, and is often tormented by the way things were in their dysfunctional families of origin.
By actually working through the Christ-centered 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles with Jesus Christ as our Higher Power, we can and will change. We experience the true peace and serenity we have been seeking when we admit that we are powerless and when we give our lives and our wills over to the care of God. It is only when we become dependent on God for our happiness that we stop measuring our self worth on the well being and approval of others.Here we learn a new way of living. We learn, at our own pace, to experience in a healthy way intimacy and sharing with others. We learn to trust, to ask for our needs to be met, to say no when no is appropriate, to express our feelings, to be able to detach from the need to control and manipulate others. We learn to live and let live. Those of us who have experienced life change through this program encourage you to keep coming back. It works, by God’s power, if you work it!
We have experienced some form of abuse, which has damaged our emotions and identity in ways that continue to affect us. We have developed incorrect ideas about life and destructive ways of dealing with the pain. This is harmful to us emotionally and physically, and damages our relationships with others. We need healing from the traumas done to us. We also need healing from the influence these experiences continue to have in our present lives.
By actually working through the Christ-centered 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles with Jesus Christ as our Higher Power, we can and will change. We experience the true peace and serenity we have been seeking when we admit we are powerless to heal ourselves from the effects of abuse and give our lives and our wills over to the care of God. It is only when we become dependent on God for our happiness, believing that His plan for us includes victory over the abuse, that we stop living and reliving the past and experience complete and lasting emotional healing. Here we learn a new way of living. We recognize that the persons who abused us are responsible for their abusive acts and we reject the guilt and shame resulting from those acts. We look to God and His Word to find our identity and standards for living. We honestly share our feelings with God and others to help us identify those areas that need cleansing and healing. We accept responsibility for our responses to the abuse. We rely on God as we go through the process of forgiving ourselves and our perpetrators. This enables us to establish and fully participate in healthy relationships and share this life-changing message with others. Those of us who have experienced life change through this program encourage you to keep coming back. It works, by God’s power, if you work it.