CR Traditions

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“Old habits die hard.”  That’s why behavioral specialists recommend that instead of focusing on eliminating a bad habit, that we focus on replacing it with a new, good habit.  The Bible even teaches that just getting rid of the “bad” leaves us vulnerable (Matthew 12:43-45.)  In the Chemical Recovery Ministry, instead of simply trying to avoid “bad” or “unhealthy” behavior, we focus on applying 8 good, healthy principles (replacing old habits/traditions with new ones):

Total Recovery

Addiction damages every area of our lives and so true recovery must involve repairing every area of our lives. We embrace Total Recovery by renewing our minds not only about drugs/alcohol but about the way we think, feel and view every aspect of our lives.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind

Biblical Authority 

We are convinced that God’s Word – The Bible, from Genesis to Revelations, contains all the answers we need for our Total Recovery. The Chemical Recovery Fellowship is a Bible based meeting and the correct use of scripture to relate, rebuke and embolden is encouraged. The Bible is the sole authority in our fellowship.

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness


We believe the Biblical truth that all men are liars and it is in the spirit of this truth that Accountability plays its part in the Chemical Recovery Fellowship. Attending a meeting indicates your willingness to be held accountable to what you say. This same attendance also requires you to hold those around you accountable too.

Romans 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God

Truth In Love

We believe that the only ones who will fail to recover are those who are incapable of speaking and facing the truth. We believe in an absolute truth based on the Word of God. As part of our total recovery we seek to speak all truth in love to one another.

Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ


We believe that in recovery, we are all peers. There is no one above the other irrespective of age, achievement or time in recovery.  To this end we have found that the best way to help others is to put ourselves in their shoes and relate not only to the situations and temptations they are going through but also to the way of thinking that often accompanies such situations and temptations. Relating is entering into the thoughts and feelings of others.

Hebrews 2:17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people

Willingness To Change

We believe it is futile to approach recovery without a willingness to change. Just as we were willing to use and abuse alcohol and drugs, we must be even more willing to change.

Matthew 18:3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven

The Eternal Fellowship 

We believe that each Chemical Recovery meeting is part of a fellowship of shared experiences. This is intended for support and encouragement not exclusivity.   This represents the eternal part of our fellowship.

John 6:40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day


We believe that to fully understand and appreciate our recovery we must find ways to give it back to those still caught in the grip of addiction. There are many others who want and need what we have. Selfishness leads us back down the road of slavery to addiction. We believe that outreach is fueled by gratitude!

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a]drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give