To The Daily Sun,
Celebrate Recovery kicked off in Laconia on Dec. 4 as a result of area churches coming together over a series of months to meet an urgent need in the community. As the Celebrate Recovery ministry leader and professional counselor (M.A.,PC), I want to make known just what a resource Laconia now has in Celebrate Recovery.
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program based on the 12-Steps and their biblical comparisons as well as eight recovery principles derived from the Beatitudes in the Bible. I began offering CR at the Belknap County Jail in September 2014. Numerous times over the course of a year inmates asked me, "Is there a CR I can get to when I am released?" At the time the closest CR was in Loudon and so my response was always, "Not right now." Offering CR at the county jail can be done by one trained individual. Offering CR in the community, however, requires a team of people and, at the time, I did not have a team.
Long story short, over the course of the summer months (2015), I was able to assemble a team of qualified people representing four area churches to begin the process of training and planning to launch CR in the late Fall 2015. The Lakes Region Vineyard Church, Evangelical Baptist Church, Faith Alive, Water's Edge Church, Calvary Assembly of God, Grace Capital Church and LifeQuest Church all contributed in some way to launching CR in Laconia. They either offered their people to the ministry, their support in promoting it to their parishioners, they invited me to speak to their parishioners and their leadership specifically about CR, including its need and requirements for implementation, or, as in the case of the LifeQuest Church, they offered their facility to us free of charge. Stand-Up-Laconia, New Leaf Counseling, Horizons Counseling Center and Partnership for Public Health have also given their enthusiastic support to this program.
CR is a proven recovery program that is now offered in over 27,000 churches worldwide. CR is unique though. Many anonymous programs provide help for a single issue: alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, overeating, etc. CR deals with the whole person, every kind of issue that keeps people from being who God created them to be. It is my conviction that we do not need to wait for the state to take the lead in addressing this issue. We do not need to wait for millions of dollars to be made available in order to battle effectively. The Laconia community is already battling together in a powerful way and I am honored to be a part of it.
Shaun Dutile (M.A., PC)
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