The 8 Recovery Principles

  1. Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.

“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor”

  1. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him, and that he has the power to help me recover.

“Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”

  1. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.

“Happy are the meek”

  1. Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to another person whom I trust.

“Happy are the pure in heart”

  1. Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life.

“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”

  1. Evaluate all my relationships; Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, without expecting any reward.

“Happy are the merciful” “Happy are the peacemakers”

  1. Reserve a daily time with God for prayer, Bible reading, and self-examination in order to know God and his will for my life and to gain the power to follow his will.
  1. Yield myself to be used by God to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.

“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires”

After John Baker started Celebrate Recovery at Saddleback Church , Pastor Rick Warren did a series of eight messages he called The Road To Recovery. In this series, Pastor Rick incorporated The Twelve Steps of AA into The Eight Recovery Principles that are based on the Beatitudes from Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). The Twelve Steps is a biblical model of how to live your life and The Eight Principles frame the model in the words of our Higher Power, Jesus Christ.