Open Share are small group gatherings that are "open" to men and women who have completed the 101 Orientation to Celebrate Recovery and are able to participate per the small group guidelines. Open Share Groups meet from 6:00 to 7:00pm. They are gender-specific and allow attendees an opportunity to share about their recovery in a safe setting, facilitated by a trained lay person.
The available small groups are:
This group is for men struggling with Chemical and/or Substance Addiction, Sexual Addiction, Food Addiction and Gambling Addiction, Smoking or any other addictive habit or compulsive behaviors. If you are struggling with an addiction, you may be suffering from a problem that only a spiritual solution will conquer. If you find that you cannot quit drinking or using entirely, even when you honestly want to, or if you have little control over the amount you consume, you are probably an alcoholic and/or an addict.
This group will be a support group for those struggling with hang-ups, like anger, pride, and control; and hurts like abandonment, abuse, depression, family issues, divorce, and marriage. Members in this group learn to express their own needs and wants in healthy ways. The purpose of this group is to learn to trust, and to share our primary issues, hurts, and struggles with others. This group is for newcomers or those who are unsure of their primary issue or compulsive/addictive behavior, or when a separate small group is not yet available for their specific issue.
This group will also be a support group for those seeking recovery from lust and compulsive sexual behaviors and any sexual integrity issues. This group provides fellowship, is a safe place to share our struggles, pain, and victories, and helps to establish accountability and mutual support among the group members throughout the week.
If you are struggling with compulsions and substance/chemical abuse of any type, you can do your healing work in the safety of this group. Participants are working successfully on breaking the habits of smoking, prescription and illegal drug use, and alcoholism. In addition, women who want to be free from the habits of shopping, gambling, video gaming, financial impulsiveness, self-harm and other problematic behaviors will feel at home in this group, where they are learning to experience joy and healing as they strengthen their relationship with God and others.
If you are struggling with the compulsion to rescue and take care of others, have difficulty setting boundaries or recognizing your own worth, this could be your group! Codependency (COD) can be defined as an addiction to people, behaviors or things. COD is the illusion of trying to manage inferior feelings by controlling people, things and events on the outside. This group is also for those who struggle with relational trauma and stress, love addiction, betrayal, divorce, and hurts from relationships with friends, parents, co-workers, children and spouses.
Life issues include grief, loss, financial stress, family issues, divorce, and marriage concerns, as well as hang-ups like anger, controlling tendencies, guilt, pride, low self-esteem or poor self-image. Other life challenges include panic attacks, fears, insecurities, compulsive eating, food addiction, anorexia, and the widespread effects of abuse in your life. In this group our relationship with God is strengthened. At our own pace, we can learn to trust, ask for what you need, say "no" when appropriate, express feelings, and stay connected when all you want to do is run.
If you want to elevate your sexual integrity and/or find freedom from lust, pornography and other forms of sexual addiction, this group is a safe place for you to heal and experience warm acceptance. Participants embrace hope and strength in Jesus, as guilt, shame and depression are lifted. The women of this group provide understanding, accountability, and mutual support for each other and celebrate victories along the journey.
To ensure that Celebrate Recovery is a safe place, the following five guidelines are followed in all small groups: