How to Start a Christian Recovery Group

Start here to learn about running a local Christian recovery group!

Program Options

Starting a Christians in Recovery Group – You can run a group using the Christians in Recovery materials for free, as long as you credit them to their author, Susan Brennan. These materials are available further down on this page.

Starting a Celebrate Recovery GroupCelebrate Recovery is another commonly-used format for Christian recovery groups. It was founded by Pastor Rick Warren. However, starting a Celebrate Recovery program is not free. You need to buy their program materials, which, as of early 2023, were about $90. You will also need to get assistance from a local Celebrate Recovery representative, whom you can locate at

Online Addiction Counseling Courses & Degrees

Do you need more training to counsel others effectively or run a recovery group? Are you considering a career in addiction recovery?

Our parent organization, City Vision University, is an accredited online Christian college offering a bachelor’s degree in Christian addiction counseling.

CIR Magazine – FREE

The Gabriel is free and available online.

CIR Booklets & Flyers – FREE

Day One – 1st Day in Recovery
The Next 24 Hours
Keys to Starting a Group

Five Ways to Help an Alcoholic
Eight Benefits Christianity Helps the Alcoholic
Twelve Stepping
Alcohol & Christian Responsibility
I Am an Alcoholic

The Christian, Stress & Alcohol
What’s Wrong with Beer