Promoting awareness and standards for Steps To Active Recovery

Across the UK, hundreds of thousands of people are affected by addiction, compulsive behaviour and habits such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, food and social media.

This is a community problem that requires a community approachSTAR is building a network of trained communities, comprising of churches and organisations that offer a comprehensive range of services to enable people to be set free and live life to the full.

What is STAR?

Hear more about the origins of Steps To Active Recovery in a message from STAR Founder and Director, Emma Heath.

Used with permission from My Darkest Moment by Hope With God and the Luis Palau Association.

Who do we work with?


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Our approach to working with people who suffer from addiction is rooted in compassion, empathy, and evidence-based practices. We understand that addiction is a complex and deeply personal struggle, and we prioritise creating a safe and non-judgmental environment.


Man leaning against a wall with Bible in hand

We typically work with larger churches with a workforce of recovery workers and/or volunteers, churches operating as hubs in highly populated areas of people and/or addiction, and we equip churches with a large capacity of resources for their use.


Man leaning against a wall with Bible in hand

By pooling our resources and knowledge, we can maximize our reach, efficiency, and effectiveness, ultimately creating a stronger and more sustainable impact in the communities we serve. Together, we strive to make a meaningful difference and address the pressing challenges of our time.


Free Online Recovery Course

The STAR Life Course is a free 6-week or 12-week online course supporting people with any addictive habit or behaviour. The majority of people have struggles in life where something becomes a destructive habit, compulsive behaviour or addiction.

The interactive course focuses on the importance of the mind, body and spirit in a person’s recovery journey. Based on the 12-Step model, it draws on biblical principles and wellness, and includes: teaching; identification; activation; and steps to active life recovery.

The course is run by a team of people with first-hand recovery experience, who journey with participants to improve their quality of life.

Recovery group close up
Recovery group close up


Become a STAR member church or community

Are you a church or community organisation with a heart to reach out to people in addiction in your community?

STAR Approval is awarded in two ways, either to an individual church or to a community (comprising at least one church).

Don’t know where to start?  Need some help and advice?  Want to become STAR-approved?

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News, blog and articles

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