KODIAK — Kodiak residents looking for help recovering from addiction or personal problems have a few more options now, thanks to an expanded Celebrate Recovery program based at Assembly of God Church.

The program, whose Kodiak chapter is almost four years old, held its first meetings in the church on Monday, having outgrown previous accommodations at Frontier Baptist Church, leader Jill Yrjana said.

“We’d like to get into family recovery” with the extra space, she said.

Celebrate Recovery addresses addiction through a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous, Yrjana said, but with a focus on faith.

“It’s for people who aren’t getting everything from AA,” she said.

“There’s a lot of addition problems in Kodiak, but there’s not a whole lot available for this … Counseling isn’t the right word — more like recovery,” she said.

Celebrate Recovery incorporates eight principles based on the Beatitudes, found in the Bible’s book of Matthew, that overlap the 12-step program.

Celebrate Recovery emphasizes helping people through community discussion, ministry leader Lucien Bernard said.

“It just helps you along the journey rather than saying … just go do it,” he said.

With the group now based at Kodiak Assembly of God, Bernard said, there is more space for small groups, permitting Kodiak Celebrate Recovery to offer family talks.

Children and spouses of those suffering from addiction could come to the weekly 7 p.m. Monday meetings, and “teens would learn at their level, and little kids at their level,” Bernard explained.

“They learn how to stay away from problems … why mom is acting like that.

“This is over and above what we’ve had before,” Bernard said.

To get involved with Kodiak Celebrate Recovery, contact Yrjana at 942-0213.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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