For some in recovery, faith plays an important role in their everyday life. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is considered a spiritual program, but it does not necessarily adhere to one denomination of faith. In fact, AA is more open to various faiths and beliefs and oftentimes refer to “God” as a “Higher Power.”
If you’re in recovery and looking to for a support group that is guided strictly by Christian principles, Celebrate Recovery meetings could be the answer for you. Celebrate Recovery is a Christian support group that is fairly popular in the U.S. and, like AA, holds meetings in various cities around the country. To look for a meeting near you, their site offers a way to search for nearby groups by zip code or you can even start a program at your own church.
Here are 5 of the many benefits of attending a Christian support group if you’ve chosen to walk the recovery path in faith.
1. Like-minded peers.
If you’re Christian, attending a Christian support group will connect you with other fellow Christians who are in the same shoes. Dealing with alcoholism with others who rely on God for faith and strength will serve you well. You won’t have to contend with lengthy discussions about the reality of God or denominational disputes. Instead, you will be able to relax and be yourself as you listen and share at the meetings.
2. Biblical encouragement.
With the Bible being the Word of God, you will be encouraged with such at the meetings, which will help you in your recovery. Scriptures can really help when it comes to tackling temptation, mending relationships, forgiving others, and keeping a hopeful attitude, so being at a meeting that freely inspires using the Bible is godsend.
3. Spiritual growth.
Christian support groups aim to keep recovering alcoholics sober, but they also aim to promote spiritual growth. As you continue to attend meetings, you ought to be encouraged to deepen your spiritual walk with God and grow in areas that perhaps you’ve been struggling with. Spiritual principles can help you in all sorts of areas in your life, such as relationships, finances, career, emotions, and more.
4. Life-long Friendships.
You will be able to make some friends at a Christian support group that will be able to understand where you’ve been and where you want to go. Developing a friend who is also a Christian ought to help you feel a shared bond right up front. Many recovering alcoholics have found life-long friends through their support group.
5. Inner Peace.
The Bible talks about getting the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding when you give your life to Jesus as Savior. The more you relinquish your control over your life to God’s way of living, the more peace you will feel in your heart. The old saying, “Let go and let God” will help you feel peaceful and happier than you’ve felt in a very long time.
If you are a Christian or would like to become a Christian, attending a Christian support group can help strengthen you in recovery. Start your research on existing groups in your area or start one and do your best to attend regularly. There is a beautiful life on the other side of alcoholism and in the right company, you will discover and live it.