FAQ’s

Is Recovery For Life for me?

Recovery For Life offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with God’s purpose to mend our lives. Ask yourself:

  • Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others?
  • Is there something I wish I could live without?
  • Is it time to crack my denial and admit I am not in control of my life?
  • Do I have a painful habit or hang-up from which I need to be freed?

If you answered “yes” to any of these statements then we urge you to attend a Recovery For Life meeting to see if it is for you.  

How do I get started?

Just show up! We meet at Northwest Bible Church in Quads A & B of the Christian Life Center located at the corner of Nothwest Highway & Douglas Ave. at 7 PM. No pre-enrollment is necessary. (Click here for a map of the campus). Come at 6:00 if you want a great dinner.

How often does Recovery For Life meet?

Recovery For Life meets every Thursday evening with the exception of major holidays. The meetings are designed so that a person may begin on the road to recovery at anytime; you need not wait for a start date to begin your recovery.  

Is there a cost for Recovery For Life?

Recovery For Life does not charge for the ministry. Free-will offerings of $1 per person are received on Thursday evenings. Workbooks are utilized in some aspects of the program and are available at the Resource Table in Quad C on Thursday evenings. Prices for these materials range from $6 – $15. 

Is Recovery For Life confidential?

Yes, Recovery For Life maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust, facilitates growth and enables recovery. Who is in the meeting and what is said in the meeting, stays in the meeting. 

What is the format of a meeting?

From 6:00 to 7pm there is a dinner and fellowship, followed by a brief time of worship through singing. A teaching or personal testimony is presented to the entire Recovery For Life group, at 8:00 there are gender-specific open issue groups that provide a format for open sharing. No one is required to participate in the personal sharing. Promptly at 9:00 the group meetings end and there is a time of desert and fellowship with other attendees. 

Who are the leaders of Recovery For Life?

The leaders of Recovery For Life are men and women who have gone through similar addictions, hurts, hang-ups and harmful behaviors and have been through this or a similar Recovery Program. The leaders are not counselors and do not offer any professional clinical advice. If professional advice is required, referrals may be made. 

What types of issues are dealt with at Recovery For Life?

A wide variety of hurts, hang ups and harmful behaviors are represented at Recovery For Life. Examples include dependency on alcohol or drugs, pornography, low self-esteem, need to control, depression, anger, co-dependency, depression, , fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, perfectionism, broken relationships, and abuse.  

Do I have to be a member of Northwest Bible Church to attend?

No, Recovery For Life is a ministry outreach for anyone who is interested in a Christ centered recovery program that will enable them to recover from life’s hurts, hang-ups habits and addictions. Many attendees are not members or do not attend Northwest Bible Church. 

Is there child care available?

Yes, childcare is available.

Are there rules that are followed at Recovery For Life meetings?

Yes. To insure confidentiality and anonymity the following five rules are followed at all times:

RULE 1 – Your sharing is focused on your own thoughts and feelings and is limited to 3 – 5 minutes.

RULE 2 – There is no cross talk. Cross talk is when two individuals engage in dialogue to the exclusion of others. Each person is free to express feelings without interruption. 

RULE 3 – We are here to support one another. We will not attempt to “fix” another. 

RULE 4 – Anonymity and confidentiality are essential requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group. 

RULE 5 – Offensive language has no place in a Christ- centered group.

What is Recovery?

In physical health recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, habits and hang-ups are like an illness and using the tools of Recovery For Life we begin to move toward wholeness. Some might say from bondage to freedom in Christ. Others might say from self-reliance to faith in Christ.

How did Recovery For Life start?

At Northwest Bible Church in January, 2003 six men began to pray for the Lord’s direction about starting a recovery ministry here. God brought together a leadership team and Recovery For Life began Sept. 11, 2003 as Celebrate Recovery Northwest. In 2012 the name was changed to Recovery For Life.

Do men and women meet together?

We all meet together for the Worship Time and Large Group meeting and then dismiss into the gender specific Open Issue Groups. All Step Study meetings are gender specific. The Family Issues open group is mixed gender.

What is a Step Study?

Recovery For Life uses The Twelve Steps and Related Scripture as the biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey though each of these steps in community with a group lead by a facilitator who has completed a study. We use several different step study guidebooks. When you finish the study you will have worked your hurts, habits, and hang-ups through each step. Step Studies are gender specific.

How is Recovery For Life different from other 12 Step programs?

At Recovery For Life our Higher Power is Jesus Christ and the Word of God is our authority. Our Step Study guidebooks refer to scripture references for instruction. Every Thursday we begin by worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ through music and prayer. As a ministry of Northwest Bible Church we are under the authority of our elders.

What is your thought about other 12 Step groups?

While most 12 Step groups are not Christian, you will find that many Christians are participants. Most meetings are also focused on specific issues and you will find fellow strugglers that have experience dealing with your issue. They can be very helpful. Run what you hear through the grid of the Bible and take what is good and leave the rest.

What do you mean that Recovery For Life is a “safe place”?

We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity –what you hear and who you see at Recovery For Life stays here. The rules protect all of us from judgment and being “fixed”. In a “safe place” you can take off your “mask” and be real and honest without fear. You are 100% in control of when and how much you participate.

Do I have to share?

Absolutely not . . . until you are ready. You can pass anytime you wish and for as long as it takes for you to become comfortable.

How long does Recovery For Life last?

We meet on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 with a fellowship. Dinner is 6:00 to 6:45. Worship, teaching and testimony is 7:00 to 8:00, gender specific open issue groups from 8:00 to 9:00, and desert fellowship from 9:00 to 9:45.

A Step Study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. It will typically take 12 months to complete the study. After completing the Step Study, we hope you will join with us as we minister to others dealing with their hurts, habits and hang-ups.

What if I can’t make it every week?

You are welcome to come when you can for worship, large group and open groups. However if you join a Step Study, you are expected to come each week until you complete it. As with any endeavor, the more effort you put into Recovery For Life, the more benefit you will gain.

What are open issue groups?

These groups meet Thursday night from 8:00 to 9:00. You meet with fellow strugglers on a specific issue (chemical, codependency, abuse, sexual addictions to name a few.) You share your experience, strength and hope.