If you or a loved one are looking into attending a Christian recovery program, you may be wondering if attending church is mandatory while you are there. Some people may have had a negative experience with church. Being required to attend church may be a turn-off for these people. Others may be unsure if they want to attend, or they may feel nervous about it. Other people may see requiring church attendance as a benefit of the program.
Everyone is in different stages of their recovery journey. This isn’t an uncommon question, and it may impact your choice of treatment programs. Some of the most important aspects of recovery programs are its commitment to its patients, offering effective one-on-one and group therapy sessions, building a strong support network, and utilizing proven treatment techniques. How does church attendance fit in?
Do I Need to Attend Church in a Christian Recovery Program?
The answer varies from program to program, but many treatment centers do not require church attendance. Attendance at a local church will be encouraged, however, to help you build a strong social support network and learn biblical principles that can help you on your journey to recovery. Attending church is often part of the full treatment process, and you may feel like you’re missing something if you don’t attend.
Ultimately, Christian clinicians want to help you find healing. You should feel like they are open to hearing your own beliefs and values. Because of this, you won’t be forced to attend church. If you’re open to the idea but you’re unsure or nervous about it, our clinicians can help you get to the root of the problem so you will feel comfortable attending if you so choose.
The Benefits of Attending Church
Before you discard the notion of attending church entirely, consider the benefits you could reap from being involved in a local congregation. You might find it encouraging and helpful even if you are unsure of where you are on your faith journey. Some benefits include:
- Hearing inspiring messages that can encourage you in your journey to recovery.
- Being a part of a supportive, caring community that is interested in seeing you succeed.
- Having opportunities to volunteer and give back, increasing your own sense of self-worth in the process.
- Helping you work on your faith if you’ve been struggling with it.
- Offering you deeper spiritual fulfillment wherever you are on your faith journey.
Attending church while you’re in the recovery program will help you get the most out of your stay. It will also help you set up connections through the people you’ve met in the congregation. When you return home, you will be in the habit of church attendance, making it easier to join a church community in your area.
Why the Choice to Attend Church Should be Yours
You may be surprised to hear that attending church in many Christian recovery programs isn’t mandatory. There are reasons for this. If you are forced to attend church, you may find yourself bitter to the idea, causing you to be unreceptive of the potential benefits it offers. This will likely hinder your recovery, not help it. In order to get the most out of a faith community, you have to want to be a part of it.
Throughout your stay, you might find yourself warming up to the idea of attending church. Many people find success in recovery by placing their faith in God. They may realize that recovering from addiction is difficult to do in their own strength and they need God’s help to see it through. It’s by surrendering their “own way” to “God’s way” that they are able to begin making positive choices and utilize helpful coping skills. If you are unsure about the idea of attending church at first, that option is always open to you.
While church attendance is often not mandatory at Christian programs, it is encouraged. You have a lot to gain by joining a faith-community that will support you on your journey to recovery. If you’re not open to the idea at first, our clinicians understand. If you want to become open to the idea of church attendance, our clinicians can help with that as well. Are you ready to begin the recovery process? Our clinicians are available 24 hours a day. Give us a call today at 833-762-3739.