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    Ben BreitenbachBen Breitenbach

    Hi everyone! I just joined the group because I’m trying to find where a Catholic goes for recovery. I am just finishing treatment and looking for after care and how I will fulfill the requirement for the Navy mandated meetings. I haven’t found an AA group that really seems to fit our faith and beliefs. I have also heard about Celebrate Recovery, using either a NLT, KJV, or NIV (all non Catholic bibles) to illustrate the 12 steps from scripture. Has anyone been to any of those meetings or know any other good place for a Catholic to find peace and recovery? Thanks for the help!

    Michelle JonesMichelle Scherer

    Hi Ben,

    I hope all is well with you and your recovery! Congratulations! My parish has a Substance Abuse Ministry (SAM) that meets once a week, but it’s on a day I can’t attend. I mainly go to AA (I have mandated meetings for my school program). I understand your dilemma; I too struggle with reconciling my faith and attendance at AA meetings….it’s something I’ve struggled with for 7 years. I have been to Celebrate Recovery but I don’t think it’s an option for my program. Additionally, I didn’t find it specific enough for my needs at the time. Sorry I can’t be of more help. Best of luck to you!

    Sharon FletcherSharon Fletcher

    Hi Ben,

    I just found out about Catholic in Recovery. I met with our pastor to start a group in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palm Desert, Ca. He loved the idea. Perhaps you can start a group as well.
    I pray you are still sober and doing well. Go to Mass, celebrate the Sacraments and share the good news.

    Pax Vobiscum,
    Sharon F.

    Alan OwingsAlan Owings

    Hi everyone,
    I hope my post is not too late. I wanted to mention about my experience with AA, Celebrate Recovery and a Catholic Support group. I attended AA for about 1 1/2 years. I didn’t like the anti Christian comments in that group. As a Catholic there wasn’t a group for Catholics so I attended Celebrate Recovery. It was there that I found long term recovery. I ended up starting my own Celebrate Recovery group at our parish. I ran that for about 5 years. Some Catholics didn’t like it because they felt it wasn’t “Catholic” enough. So gradually I adapted the program more to fit Catholics. I changed all the scriptures to the Catholic bible (NAB)
    used only Catholic music etc. Still that was ok with the requirements set by those who overlook the CR groups. The only problem I had was now a few of the protestants who were in our group didn’t like the new Catholic focus. So eventually I started a solely Catholic support group.
    But I lost most of my members since they were protestants. But the program of Celebrate Recovery in my opinion is the best program out there. There is a reason why it is in thousands of churches worldwide.
    I do not understand why Catholic In Recovery needs to have their members attend other secular groups. You would think a Christ centered group like Catholic In Recovery would be enough. Is there something that is missing in that group?

    Mark Smallingmark smalling

    AA is not made to fit your faith, period. It suggests repeatedly that
    you find one of your own. It never suggests you comply with anyone else’s faith.

    My suggestion is that you spend enough time in AA to understand what it is about rather
    than quickly developing an attitude of contempt before investigation.

    I’m Catholic and have been in AA for over 30 years and NEVER have I encountered anyone that has said AA pulls them away from their faith or tries to force one on them.

    Jill BischoffJill Bischoff

    Catholic In Recovery look for meetings in find a meeting.

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