Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New year brings new support group

By TOMIE PARKS
Staff writer

Anyone suffering from addiction, anger, depression or any other type of hurt will have a new place of refuge this month.
Taylor’s First Baptist Church, located at 701 Davis, is now the area’s new site for Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based recovery program.
“It’s similar to AA and NA, but we use God’s word to back up each of the 12 steps,” said Devvie Gibbs, of Taylor, the program coordinator.
Meetings will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. Childcare will be provided for free, but those in need of the service will need to make reservations by noon every Wednesday at the church office by calling (512) 352-3144.
FBC Pastor Matt Hudson is eager to see what kind of good Celebrate Recovery can accomplish for the community.
“The program will provide a direct application to people’s lives as they seek spiritual recovery from whatever it is that has a hold of them,” Hudson said. “I want to emphasize the spirituality of it. It’s for all people, not just Christians.”
Meetings will include a general assembly, small-group sessions and prayer time.
“Small groups will be divided by gender and subject matter,” Gibbs said.
Those suffering from alcoholism, for example, will be paired together while those experiencing depression will be in a different group.
“Individual counseling will also be available,” Gibbs said.
Though launched last week, the FBC Celebrate Recovery group is still in need of leaders. The Taylor group currently has only one leader, and that’s Gibbs, a Celebrate Recovery veteran from a group in Georgetown.
“Anyone who knows the the 12-step experience is welcome to be a leader,” Gibbs said. “Training will be provided. Just call me to get started.”
Gibbs can be reached at (512) 269-6267.
Nobody has an estimate of how many people will get involved.
“But I think Taylor can benefit from a program like this,” Gibbs said. “I don’t know a person alive who couldn’t benefit from it.”
And Hudson said attendance numbers aren’t what defines a good service program.
“It’s the quality of the impact we make, not the quantity of impact,” Hudson said. “If it helps just a few people, then we did our job.”
Participants must be 18 or older. Anyone suffering or hurting – whether it be from drugs or something psychological – is welcome.
For more information about Celebrate Recovery, see the national organization’s Web site at www.celebraterecovery.com. or call Taylor’s FBC at (512) 352-3144.

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