The Importance of Community in Recovery

com·mu·ni·ty – a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

It takes a village, right? But what if you live in a world where the concept of the village is long gone and you live the nuclear family life that started after World War II. That is our story. The saying actually goes “it takes a village to raise a child”, but I like to think of it more as “it takes a village to be a human”. For millions of years we operated as tribes. To be without community equaled death. What does it equal now?

Communities aren’t gone but they aren’t the same. Generally they can be found in churches, schools, and sometimes in the workplace. There are exceptions. Some neighborhoods are still very community based but for the most part we live in our own boxes and keep to ourselves as a society.

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