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Going to church

Discussion in 'Sobriety Tips and Inspiration' started by 003, May 1, 2015.

  1. 003

    003 Community Champion

    Does going to church have positive impact on you? Personally, after I go to church, I feel like I'm cleansed, and even empowered. I'm more able to clearly think and inspired to become even better. Moreover, once I'm in the church and hearing mass, I feel like I'm really a good man, and that no matter how weak I might be feeling, I'd be able to conquer that weakness.
  2. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    I haven't gone to church in over 3 decades. And I'm good with that. I'm glad you found it, though. Anything that has that kind of effect on you has got to be the right thing to do.
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  3. AFKATafcar

    AFKATafcar Community Champion

    Regardless of a given person's beliefs, church can absolutely help certain individuals feel better and cope better with various life situations. You obviously have to believe in what you're hearing at church, and there's nothing wrong if you're a regular church goer. If it gives you inspiration and helps you persevere through life's tough moments, then that's a benefit that you're definitely encouraged to reap!
  4. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    I use to be religious but not anymore. But its great that you have found a pillar of strength. You have a support group and they are your congregation. Not everyone has that. Good for you.
  5. adfnio

    adfnio Community Champion

    It's great that you have found a place of empowerment. Most people will never find that in their lifetime. Just keeping doing what makes feel good and stay healthy.
  6. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    For some people going to church is helpful. I've been in church before and I think the faith that you are drawn closer to God would make you do your best not to use substances that would make your body [the Holy Spirit's temple] defiled. So yes, I firmly believe that going to church is good for an addict, a recovering addict or anyone who seeks inspiration.
  7. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Yes, going to the church has an impact on me. It can make me feel more peaceful and relaxed. It can also give me more hope and being able to have time to think about various things because of the ambiance and the people who share the same belief.
  8. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I only go to church occasionally. Hard to say if it has much of an impact. Sometimes it helps me frame things in a different way which is useful...but I think more than anything it's the sense of community that helps, rather than necessarily the message. We all talk about the importance of support networks in recovery and to me it's just another support network. It might work for some and not for others, and that's perfectly okay!
  9. calicer1996

    calicer1996 Community Champion

    Watching motivational/inspirational videos on Youtube has the same effect. Helping poor people out in the streets has the same effect. Breaking your personal best in anything has the same effect. It's not just the church. It's in you!
  10. imperivm1

    imperivm1 Community Champion

    Going to church bears no significance to me. I shouldn't be there because I cannot fully appreciate the sanctity of this place. However, you seem to be immersed in religion. When you feel that special energy emanating from the air, you know you're exactly where you want to be. And this makes it worth your while. That's awesome.
  11. kh6912

    kh6912 Member

    I definitely think I benefit from the idea that there is some greater being out there who loves me and thinks that I'm worth something. Some days, I get down and feel like I'm just a total failure at everything. Going to church gives me a chance to turn my focus away from myself and towards something bigger than me. Something that is constant and reliable and unfailing. I find a lot of comfort in it. It allows me to be consciously grateful for my health and my family.
  12. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    I'm a Christian, so I support anyone going to church and trying to get closer to God. If you enjoy it, then that is even better.
  13. kh6912

    kh6912 Member

    My stepfather is actually a Christian pastor, so it definitely helps to know we always have a welcoming church to attend. I hear so many people getting discouraged when they go to a church that doesn't go out of their way to welcome them. I'm glad I have a safe church to go to.
  14. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    If the person has found relief and peace in going to church, then good for him. I used to go to church, but not anymore. For me, having a spiritual belief is enough, and going to church isn't necessary to have a positive impact in one's life.
  15. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Yes. I often attend a Born-Again Christian church here in our place, and whenever I go there and see a lot of people praising and worshipping God, I feel so energized and awesome. But going to church every Sunday is not enough, you need to have a personal relationship with God as well.
  16. ZXD22

    ZXD22 Senior Contributor

    Going to church used to have a positive impact on me and my family. It would bring us together and put our minds off of the outside world and focus on the words of wisdom of god. We haven't went in awhile though...
  17. gracer

    gracer Community Champion

    I share the same feelings as you @003 whenever I go to church. Whenever I'm inside the church hearing mass, I can feel a deep feeling of spirituality and sometimes I get emotional all of a sudden especially when I'm deeply listening to the priests message. My family and I go to church every Sunday. Prayers and our faith in God has been very significant in our lives as a family. We have been into many trials and struggles but we all managed to get through it all with our faith.
  18. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Well going to chursch wouldn't have a positive effect on me as I'm not a religious person.

    For a lot of people believing in a religion and having faith in God is the best way for them to come to terms with situations in life, especially if they've been struggling with an addiction. It will give them strength and the motivavtion to continue.

    But that isn't for everybody, people need to find their own beliefs and form their own opinions in life, get through things however the best they can.