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CR Graduations - Finish Line or Milestone?


 hmullan    Apr 16 : 12:29
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The Chemical Recovery ministry had for many years celebrated the end of ones participation in the CR groups through graduation ceremonies.

CR GraduationsRecently, on Easter Sunday, I heard a minister preach that,  for the Christian, death is a beginning, not an end. As a happy consequence of the victory Jesus won over death, we who are in him will also partake in everlasting life. This message of hope, and the viewing of what seems like an end for the beginning that it really is, is one those of us in recovery will do well to embrace as it pertains to our sobriety.

The Chemical Recovery ministry had for many years celebrated the end of ones participation in the CR groups through graduation ceremonies. The ceremonies marked a completion of the recovery program for the addict.

With so many graduates relapsing into drug use and/or regressing in other areas in their lives, I believe that God is showing us how much the aforementioned Easter message translates into a healthy understanding of sobriety.

The tradition of an Eternal Fellowship sprung from this experience and our conception of graduations, as recognizing ones maturity in recovery, has grown, so that our message now to the addict is that graduating in CR marks the beginning of a new journey.

This new journey is one where the addict now plays a duel role of growing further in his recovery while looking to play a greater role in the lives of the newcomer in recovery. Seeing graduations as a milestone, marking this new journey increases the likelihood that another Easter message will be realized in more people: the resurrection of dead lives, souls, spirits, churches, CR ministries and communities alike!

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