When it comes to recovery groups, there are quite a few to choose from. Alcoholics Anonymous and well-known 12-step programs were based on Christian values, but they have evolved more into being “spiritually-based” programs as opposed to directly Christian. In 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, members are asked to seek a higher power to help them with their addictions. While many people consider their higher power to be God, it doesn’t have to be. Other members of 12-step programs think of abstract concepts like family or community as being their higher power.
Then there are groups like SMART Recovery which are aimed more towards atheists and the intellectual elite. SMART Recovery stands for Self-Management for Addiction and Recovery Training, and this group doesn’t even ask members to turn to a higher power. They focus more on self-sufficiency.
Another option for recovered addicts and alcoholics is Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery uses the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, but they are very upfront about who their higher power is: Jesus Christ. Celebrate Recovery is for everyone who struggles with an addiction of any kind: an addiction to substances, a sex addiction, a gambling addiction, even an emotional addiction.
Studies have shown Celebrate Recovery to actually be more effective than groups like SMART Recovery or Alcoholics Anonymous. While 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous can certainly be effective, they are now a watered down version of what they used to be. Alcoholics Anonymous was started (in Ohio actually) as a Christian program.
When addicts place their faith in Jesus and ask Him to help them with their addictions, they see much better results. Fighting an addiction is not something we can do on our own. We need the help and love of Jesus to be strong enough to overcome our desires and addictions.