Changing Lives / Healing Communities

Celebrate Recovery groups
are located all around the world.


Because ADDICTION is a contributing factor in most crimes that lead to incarceration, proper addiction and life skill support upon release is vital to successful reintegration.

No matter where a prisoner that is involved with our Celebrate Recovery Inside program is released to, they will find a group to join and continue their journey to recovery in the community.

World Wide Program

Copyright 2013. St. Dismas Prison Ministry Society. All Rights Reserved.

Celebrate Recovery's Eight Recovery Principles

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centered recovery program for all of life's Hurts, Habits and Hangups.
A recovery program based on eight principals from the Beatitudes, breaking the chain of incarceration, one transformed life at a time.

The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is o help inmates  experience God's healing power in their lives through the 8 Recovery Principles and the 12 Steps. This experience allows them to effect change in their lives. By working and applying these biblical principles, they begin to grow spiritually and become free from their addictions, life hurts,issues and destructive behaviors.  


Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)
          “Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.”

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2)
          “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)
          “Happy are the meek.”

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 and 5)
          “Happy are the pure in heart.”

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7
          “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)
          “Happy are the merciful.” “Happy are the peacemakers”

Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will. (Steps 10 and 11)

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)
          “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”