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Celebrate Recovery group offers support

August 15, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Four years ago, the Golden Triangle community got a lifeline in the way of resident support through Celebrate Recovery, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing a community in which participants struggling with a number of life’s ails may find strength and safety. It’s a mission about which Jean Bryan, ministry leader, feels particularly passionate.
Bryan addressed West Point Rotarians Thursday at the Ritz Theater to outline the program and spread the word on what it seeks to provide residents of the Golden Triangle. Bryan said while the Christian-based group does not offer counseling or therapy, it does provide support for those struggling with addiction — be it drugs, alcohol, prescription substances, pornography, food or otherwise — co-dependency, self mutilation, relational issues, depression and more hoping to turn their lives around.
“Everyone there has been broken and hurting in some way before,” Bryan said. “… Wherever you are in life, you’re coming to a place where there is no condemnation … and there is no judgment. … We’re just praying and crying and loving on people that life has kicked them, and it’s kicked them hard.”
The program meets 6 p.m. each Tuesday at Fellowship Baptist Church in Starkville. Bryan said participants began with a fellowship meal until beginning a “large group” session — which offers an opportunity to hear testimony, praise and worship or a specific recovery-centered teaching for the week — at 6:45 p.m. From there, participants move into “small group” sessions, which are gender and issue specific, such as sober living or behavioral support groups. Participants each get a few minutes to share their experiences openly within the cluster, or listen until such time they feel safe and comfortable enough to share, Bryan said.
“We’ve had people who have been through something traumatic that will just let it all out that first time,” Bryan said. “Others will sit and not say a word for six weeks.”
Each small group has a facilitator who works to make certain Celebrate Recovery guidelines are maintained at all times, which include making certain everyone is listened to and made to feel comfortable. Once small groups have been complete, participants unite once more for “Solid Rock Cafe,” an opportunity to meet and greet, exchange numbers for those hoping to maintain an “accountability buddy” or just unwind and reflect on the day’s lesson.

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