Finding a Church to Support our
Because recovery is a spiritual journey, it will result in spiritual changes as well as
emotional and physical ones. That is one reason, among many, why having a supportive faith
community during recovery can be crucially important. In addition to the resources of a
therapist and/or a support group, having a safe community of people with whom to worship
and learn can be a big help.
Finding such a community may not, unfortunately, be easy. It is not difficult to find
congregations with a performance orientation and a spirituality rooted in shame. That is
not always the case, however, and it's well worth the effort to find a congregation that
is at least sympathetic to recovery. There are, of course, no perfect churches out there -
just as there are no perfect support groups, perfect therapists or perfect programs. So,
give careful thought to what you really need from a church during this time in your life.
If you have a supportive group and a therapist, you may not need a congregation to have
recovery programming. It may be more important to have a place where you can experience
grace-based worship and teaching.
If recovery from religious abuse or religious addiction are part of your journey, then you
may need to pay particular attention to church attendance - process this carefully with a
therapist or sponsor. The close connection between religious practices and your recovery
issues makes it critical that you develop a practical understanding of the difference
between religion and spirituality.