Celebrate Recovery® Inside is the prison and jail extension of the Celebrate Recovery® Ministry, a program founded by John and Cheryl Baker of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California, that encourages fellowship and celebrates Christ’s healing power in the lives of people as they work their way along the road to recovery. Lives are changed as experiences, strengths, and hopes are shared with one another. In addition, individuals become willing to accept God’s grace and forgiveness in solving life’s problems.
Many anonymous programs provide help for a single issue; alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, overeating, etc. Celebrate Recovery® and CR Inside deals with the whole person, every kind of issue that keeps people from being who God created them to be. One may have an alcohol and drug addiction as well as struggle with sexual addiction, difficulty in overcoming a history of physical or sexual abuse, or anger and co-dependency issues, all at the same time.
By working though the principles, participants grow spiritually, and are freed from their hurts, hang-ups, and addictive habits. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with others and the personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power, Jesus Christ.
Since 1991 Celebrate Recovery® has grown from one group at Saddleback Church to thousands of churches world-wide. In 1998 a faith-based prison program in New Mexico, Crossings, began to use Celebrate Recovery® at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces and quickly grew to five prisons. Since then many prisons and jails in the United States and other countries use CR Inside as part of their inmate treatment programs.
Celebrate Recovery® Inside provides a natural transition back to the community from the institution since there are churches that have Celebrate Recovery in many communities. Additionally, there is an opportunity for the family of the incarcerated person to receive help as they become involved in Celebrate Recovery® at the local level during their loved one’s incarceration.