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1702 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53713


108 Paoli St.
Verona, WI 53593


PO Box 259913
Madison, WI 53725







Welcome! For some time now, Damascus Road Church has been a safe harbor in the Madison area for many individuals on a personal journey of recovery from all sorts of hurts, habits and hang ups. Part of the reason for this is, we at DR, accept the same sobering truth everyone else in recovery does:  We’re all imperfect people that desperately need the help of one greater than ourselves.

We all face difficulties in life, but when they become life-controlling or unmanageable that’s the perfect time to reach out for help:  to a God who infinitely cares about you & to others who are on the same recovery road you are on.

Whether you've just begun to explore your faith, recently started a relationship with God or a seasoned follower of Christ, our desire is to create safe, engaging opportunities that encourage lasting recovery & foster real growth in your relationship with God.

Our Mission

New life found in following Christ

DR Recovery seeks to live out Christ’s great commission (Matt. 28:18-20), specifically to those who are in a season of struggle with personal hurts, habits and hang-ups.  All that we do to serve Christ in recovery is governed by three essential biblical values:


Gospel, simply means, “Good News”. The Gospel is the unearned, finished work of Christ (1 Cor. 15:1-4) that frees enslaved people from the bondage of sin & ignites a new life in Him (2 Cor. 5:17). Through Gospel-Centered recovery teaching, we desire for each person to become thoroughly exposed to the realities of who Jesus Christ really is, His amazing love & His power to profoundly transform broken lives.


Just as recovery is impossible if walked out individually, even more, following Christ in our recovery is a journey that must be shared with a community of individuals on the same journey.  As an essential part of growing in our faith and recovery, we desire to provide safe and authentic community engagements that encourage the sharing of our stories, struggles and victories with others seeking to grow in their relationship with God and in their recovery.


As Christ transforms us, He also calls us.  He calls us to take this Good News of grace and transformation we have received and proclaim it to others, so that they might experience the new life found in following Christ.

Celebrate Recovery

is a safe place


Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to experience three important things:

  • Experience lasting recovery
  • Experience your higher power in a very personal way.
  • Experience a higher purpose for your life.

"CR" is about celebrating God’s healing power in our lives & letting Him change us as we learn to surrender our hurts, habits and hang-ups over to Him. Together we explore God’s process of healing and change by looking at 8 Recovery Principles found in the teachings of Jesus & also reflecting on the 12 Steps. CR is not designed to replace, but rather complement, other recovery programs you may attend. Participants open the door by sharing their experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. In addition, they become willing to accept God’s grace and forgiveness in solving life’s problems. Celebrate Recovery provides a safe place for individuals to begin their journey of breaking out of bondage and into God’s grace by helping them deal with their hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

The Road to Recovery - 8 Principles

  • 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.  Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.  Matthew 5:3 
  • Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that he has the power to help me recover.  Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
  • Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.  Happy are the meek. Matthew 5:5
  • Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.  Happy are the pure in heart. Matthew 5:8
  • Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.  Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires. Matthew 5:6
  • Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others except when to do so would harm them or others.  “Happy are the merciful” & “Happy are the peacemakers.” Matthew 5: 8 and  9
  • 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 gain the power to follow His will.
  • Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.  “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10

When We Meet

Celebrate Recovery meets Tuesday nights 6:30-8:30 pm A typical night at Celebrate Recovery: 6:30-7:30 pm - Large group - Worship & Teaching or Testimony 7:30-8:30 pm - Small group open share meetings *The last Tuesday of every month we meet at 6 PM.  We will be having a meal & celebration night that we call "BIG DEAL TUESDAY". Food & drinks provided for everyone ($3 donation - first time visitors eat free!).  See you then!  

What types of issues are dealt with at Celebrate Recovery?

A wide variety of hurts, habits and hang ups are represented at Celebrate Recovery. Examples include:

  • Co-dependency & unhealthy relationships
  • Traumatic events such as  the pain of Abuse, Divorce, Death and Debt
  • Dependency or addiction to alcohol or illicit & prescription drugs
  • Unforgiveness, Dishonesty, Anger issue
  • Pornography & Sexual addictions
  • Depression, Fear of rejection, self-hatred
  • Control Issues, Perfectionism
  • Gambling, Food issues and the list goes on and on.

No matter the issue, in the process of recovery, we often discover unexpected freedom & joy as God addresses and heals deep heart issues that were often the reason for our hurts, habits and hang-ups in the first place.  

Is Celebrate Recovery confidential?

Yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery. We have a saying that is repeated in every Large Group meeting : WHO you see here. WHAT you hear here. WHEN you leave here. STAYS HERE. We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity.  You are 100% in control of when and how much you participate.  

Is Celebrate Recovery For Me?

Celebrate Recovery offers anyone the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with God’s purpose to mend our lives. Honestly, ask yourself:

  • Is a past injury in my life preventing me from moving forward?
  • Am I exhausted by coping and surviving, when I know God has more?
  • Is there a habit, substance or compulsion dominating my life?
  • Are there things in my life that I keep doing that is hurting others?
  • Are there others in my life who have been saying I need to get help?
  • Does anxiety & fear continue to have a hold on areas of my life?

If you answered “yes” to any of these statements then we encourage you to attend a Celebrate Recovery meeting to see if it is for you.

Our Resources

Helpful in your recovery and in your faith journey

This page will regularly be updated with information and resources we think will be helpful in your recovery and in your faith journey. (If you have suggestions to ad let us know.  last updated 12.22.13)

Spiritual Growth Resources

Blue Letter Bible - Online Bible & Study Resources

Bible Gateway - Online Bible

Recovery Links

stepstudy.org - Resources on the history and theory of twelve step recovery.

Addiction Resource Guide - A comprehensive directory of addiction treatment facilities online

Covenant Eyes - Internet accountability website

Alcoholics Anonymous - A website created and maintained by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Celebrate Recovery - The purpose of Saddleback Church's Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate God's healing power in our lives through the "8 Recovery Principles."

Narcotics Anonymous - NA is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts.

Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders (ANRED) - A comprehensive page on the range of disordered eating behavior, including undereating, binge eating, overeating, and compulsive exercise. Includes definitions, descriptions, statistics, warning signs, causes, treatment, and recovery. Includes a special section on athletes with eating disorders.

National Eating Disorders Association - Dedicated to eliminating eating disorders and body dissatisfaction

National Institute of Mental Health: Depression - This brochure gives descriptions of major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder (manic depression). It lists symptoms, gives possible causes, tells how depression is diagnosed, and discusses available treatments.

National Institute of Mental Health: Depression In Men - This site is specifically dedicated to men’s experience of depression.

Controlling Anger – Before It Controls You - American Psychological Association online pamphlet

Expert Consensus Guideline Series - Informational pamphlets for patients and families on a variety of mental health topics, including bipolar disorder, dementia, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-partum depression, PTSD, and schizophrenia

National Institute of Mental Health: Anxiety - Provides a brief overview of the symptoms and treatment of the major anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder; panic disorder; specific phobias; social phobias; obsessive-compulsive disorder; and post-traumatic stress disorder. Also lists organizations to contact for further information.

Centre for Suicide Prevention - Resources for information, training, and research

Over the next month, we’ll start to update this page with relevant information for you regarding:

  • Ways to go deeper with God & Grow in Your Discipleship
  • Redemption Intensive
  • Info on partner ministries
  • And more good stuff!

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