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We are excited that you found us!   Celebrate Recovery at IndyFirst is a group focused on helping you overcome your addictions, compulsive behaviors, struggling relationships, and other hurts, hangups, or habits.   We are a place where you are accepted for who you are, just as you are, without judgement about your past.  No mater what your parents said to you, no matter what your spouse has said to you, no matter what your family has said to you, not matter what your children, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or even yourself have said to you, this is a place where we live out recovery together in an environment of grace, hope, and recovery.    You don't have to do it alone, we are all here to walk through life together, living out acceptance and learning how to apply the tools that Celebrate Recovery provides us to restore our lives back to a healthy state.  If you suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, eating disorders, co-dependency issues, gambling, sexual additions, anger, control, fear, anxiety, abandonment issues, rejection, depression, online addictions, pornography, relationship issues,  abusive relationships, or suffer from mental health issues, we can help.It's all free, and we welcome you with open arms.

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Celebrate Recovery's Eight Recovery Principles

The Road to Recovery Based on the Beatitudes

Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)
          “Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3a TEV
Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2)
          “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 TEV, NIV
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)
          “Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5a TEV
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 and 5)
          “Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8a TEV
Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7)
          “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires” Matthew 5:6a TEV
Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)
          “Happy are the merciful.” Matthew 5:7a TEV; “Happy are the peacemakers” Matthew 5:9 TEV
Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will. (Steps 10 and 11)
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)
          “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10 TEV

What Is a Hurt, Habit or Hang-Up?

  • A hurt, habit or hang-up is something in you or your life that hinders your walk with God and others.
  • The feeling of being hurt is an emotional reaction to another person’s behavior or to a disturbing situation.  (Abuse, abandonment, codependency, divorce, relationship issues, etc.)
  • A habit is an addiction to someone or something. (Alcoholism, drugs, food, gambling, sex, shopping, smoking, etc.)
  • Hang-ups are negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or adversity. (Anger, depression, fear, unforgiveness, etc.)
These life problems can be stumbling blocks or stepping stones. Below is a list of some of the areas where we focus.    If your issue isn't listed below we still have a process for helping you overcome.
Adult Children of Family Dysfunction
Do you feel isolated, uneasy with other people, especially authority figures? Are you a people pleaser, even though, to protect yourself, you lose your own identity in the process? We have become alcoholics ourselves, or married them, or both. Failing that, we found another compulsive personality, such as a workaholic, to fulfill our sick need for abandonment.
Chemical Dependency
When you are honest with yourself, do you find you cannot quit drinking or using drugs entirely? Do you have little control over the amount you consume? You are probably an alcoholic and/or an addict.
In the broadest sense, co-dependency is when a person’s need for approval or validation from another person allows them to be controlled or manipulated. They are willing to compromise their own values, choices, and behavior at the expense of their personal well-being.
Co-Dependent Women In A Relationship With A Sexually Addicted Man
Many of us blame ourselves for the addict’s behavior: We tell ourselves, “If only I were more attractive, thinner, taller, shorter, etc.—if only I were more sexual.” We give in to others’ behaviors, only to lose ourselves in the process. Sometimes, we have even participated in their sexual fantasies, or joined in by buying pornography or renting videos, leaving us feeling used and abused. Some of us ignored or did not recognize the signs that the addict was living a secret life.
Definitions of Sobriety
The key to co-dependent sobriety is learning how to have healthy relationships and how to establish and enforce appropriate boundaries that we may accurately establish where we end and another person begins.
Eating Disorders
Eating disorders involve extreme disturbances in eating behavior. An eating disorder can begin to reveal itself very early in life, and is no respecter of race, gender, or ethnicity. An eating disorder can be characterized as: an excessive or compulsive consumption and/or getting rid of food (purging)
Food Addiction
Throughout our lives many of us have turned to food to ease our pain or fear. We felt comfort in eating and found ourselves turning to food whenever we were hurt, angry, or frustrated. Food became our comforter, our friend. Some of us may have one specific food that we have trouble eating in healthy amounts, and once we start eating it, we cannot stop. Some of us may have been emotionally, physically, or sexually abused and use food to cope with the emotions of those events.
Freedom From Anger
Every person has a “Pattern of Toxic Behavior” that can significantly damage the important and intimate relationships in his or her life. Anger is one of our 10 basic, God-given emotions. This emotion can be CONSTRUCTIVE or DESTRUCTIVE — depending on our response. We should give Jesus a “NANO SECOND” (just one billionth of a second!) to help us learn to use all of our emotions according to God’s design for our lives, and to change our pattern of relating to others and our responsibilities appropriately.
Gambling Addiction
If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit gambling entirely, or if you have little control over the amount you bet, you are probably a compulsive gambler. A compulsive gambler is described as a person whose gambling has caused growing and continuing problems in any department of his or her life. If that is the case, you may be suffering from a problem which only a spiritual solution will conquer.
Love and Relationship Addiction
This group provides a safe place to deal with the depression, isolation, lack of trust, and the unhealthy use of love and relationships as means of achieving worth, that are characteristic of Romance and Relationship Addictions.
Sexual Addiction
Our sexual addiction issue began as an overpowering desire for pleasurable relief. We were running from an inner pain, loneliness, emptiness, or insecurity that we could not cope with in any other way. At first, it did provide the relief we sought. For a time, lust, pornography, or sex with ourselves or with others dissolved the tension. It relieved the depression, resolved the conflict, and provided the means to deal with or escape from life’s seemingly unbearable situations. Eventually, our search for relief became an addiction, and the addiction took on a life of its own.
Mental Health
A safe and loving place for those seeking to find support amid mental illness and dual diagnosis. Willing to support mental health through Christ-centered accountability and sponsorship. A safe place to work through all of life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits. believing that freedom in Christ is something that can be complete even without physical healing.
Some Other Issues, But Not Limited To:
Anxiety, Fear, Clutter, Suicidal Ideation, Domestic Abuse, Judgemental, Selfishness, Bitterness, Depression, Grief & Loss, Self Harm, Perfectionism, Pride/Shame, Unforgiveness, Blame, Divorce Recovery, Materialism, Greed, Lying, Image Issues.
Physical/Sexual and Emotional Abuse
Recovery is a two-fold process in this case. The first step is healing from the traumas done to us in our past, and the second step is healing from the influence these past experiences continue to have in our present lives. (Most) Survivors of Physical / Sexual Are hesitant to identify themselves as victims of abuse. Feel isolated, depressed, worthless, and helpless to change. Are struggling with feelings about God in relation to their life experiences of abuse. Condemn themselves, denying the past abuse affects their present circumstances. Feel out of control and defeated in areas of compulsive behavior. Feel angry, bitter, and rebellious; have trouble with authority figures. Feel a lack of self-worth.


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