In 2016, Drs. Shoba Sreenivasan and Linda E. Weinberger published an article in Psychology Today, titled “Why We Need Each Other.” The article concludes with this summary: “We need each other – for connectedness remains essential for psychological survival.”
Community is not just a key to your happiness; it is integral to your very survival. You simply can’t make it – in life or recovery – on your own. That’s not how you were designed.
Paul pled with the local church, “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought” (1 Corinthians 1:10).
This means two things . . .
- You need to find a small group of accountability with whom you can share anything.
- If you have a break in fellowship with someone, you need to address that immediately.
Recovery Step: If you don’t have a network of accountability, you need to fix that. And if you have a problem with another believer, you need to fix that.